Mr. Stewart’s practice principally focuses on the financial services industry, handling litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums, as well as before the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation and the U.S. Supreme Court. He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.
Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the “Top Trials of 2005” for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for “late trading” mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.
With substantial experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Stewart served twelve years as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for The Nikko Securities Co. International Inc., as well as a director of Nikko Financial Services Inc. Additionally, Mr. Stewart served as First Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Head of Litigation at E.F. Hutton & Company Inc. Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to be responsible for, among other things, overseeing and litigating all of the disputes arising out of the company’s Private Wealth Management Division.
Mr. Stewart has been recognized by Legal 500 since 2015, Super Lawyers since 2009 for securities litigation, and has also been hailed as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation since 2009. In 2016, Mr. Stewart received the Stanford D. Levy Award from the New York State Bar Association's Ethics Committee for having "significantly contributed to an understanding of professional ethics by the publication of an article, commentary or a series of articles or commentaries on the subject". In 2008, he received the Modaq Content Award for writing the most popular article in the United States. Since 1980, Mr. Stewart has been AV(R) Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Stewart is a visiting professor at Cornell University and an adjunct law professor at Fordham Law School. He is a contributing columnist for the New York Law Journal, New York Business Law Journal, and the Federal Bar Council Quarterly, and has published approximately 300 articles on a variety of legal subjects; he is also frequently featured in the national media and regularly speaks across the country on securities, professional responsibility, and complex litigation issues.
Cornell University Law School (J.D. 1977); Cornell University (B.A., cum laude, 1974); Westminster School, (cum laude, 1970)
New York State; U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; U.S. Court of International Trade; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Ninth, and Tenth Circuits; District of Columbia Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Activities and Affiliations
Member, Council on Foreign Relations
Member, Economic Club of New York
Visiting Professor, Cornell University
Adjunct Professor, Fordham Law School
Adjunct Professor, Brooklyn Law School (2001 – 2008)
Member, Pace Law School Investor Rights Project Advisory Board
Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Mediator, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Advisory Panel, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
Chair, Practising Law Institute Programs
Columnist, New York Law Journal
Dyson Society of Fellows, Pace University (2007)
Advisory Board, BNA’s Class Action Litigation Report
Advisory Board, New York Business Law Journal
Contributing Editor, The Encyclopedia of Venture Capital
Board of Editors, Federal Bar Council Quarterly
Member, New York State Bar Association, (Committee on Professional Responsibility)
Board of Directors, Humanities New York
Board of Trustees, American University in Bulgaria
Former Special Assistant District Attorney, New York City
Former Chair, Federal Regulation Committee, Securities Industry Association
Former Member, Securities Regulation, Professional Responsibility, Corporate Law Department, Asian Affairs, Uniform Laws & Young Lawyers Committees, Association of the Bar of the City of New York
Former Trustee, Federal Bar Council, Westminster School, America Historical Association, Young Women’s Christian Association of the U.S.A., YMCA Camping Services
Board of Directors and Secretary, Cape Arundel Golf Club
Board of Directors and Secretary, Arundel Beach Club
Cornell University (Board of Trustees; Chair, University Council; Advisory Councils, Cornell Law School, Johnson Museum of Art, University Library, and College of Arts & Sciences)