Geoff Stewart's practice focuses on complex litigation. In 2013 and 2014 he was part of the trial team that represented the City of Detroit in its bankruptcy case, handling matters involving the city's eligibility for bankruptcy protection, the feasibility of its plan of adjustment, and challenges to the priority of bondholder claims. More recently, he was part of the trial team that represented second priority noteholders in the chapter 11 case of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company.
Much of Geoff's practice is international. Between 2007 and 2011, he represented Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in global litigation involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and enforcement of judgments. Later, he successfully represented the Indian National Congress party in litigation brought against it in New York under the Alien Tort Statute. Geoff also has represented clients in arbitrations involving domestic and international disputes and has served as an arbitrator himself.
In the area of intellectual property, Geoff was counsel to plaintiffs in Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003), which challenged the constitutionality of copyright term extensions; Yahoo! in a leading case involving internet music services; and the artist Shepard Fairey in litigation involving Fairey's creation of the iconic Obama Hope poster.
From 1981 to 1983, Geoff was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy. From 1987 to 1990, he was Associate Independent Counsel for the Iran Arms Sale/Contra Diversion Investigation, concentrating on matters involving the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Caesars second lien noteholders confirm support for economic terms of consensual chapter 11 plan
Jones Day represents the Official Committee of Second Priority Noteholders ("Second Priority Noteholders") of Caesars Entertainment Operating Company ("CEOC"), the casino operator who filed for bankruptcy in January 2015.
City of Detroit's chapter 9 plan of adjustment confirmed
Jones Day served as lead restructuring counsel to the City of Detroit in connection with its chapter 9 bankruptcy case filed in July 2013 and its ongoing restructuring efforts.
Wilmington Savings Fund Society brings action against Caesars Entertainment Operating Company and related parties
Jones Day was retained by Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB ("WSFS"), the indenture trustee for the second-priority senior secured notes issued by Caesars Entertainment Operating Company, Inc. ("CEOC"), a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation ("CZR").
Jones Day prevails in Coudert Brothers "unfinished business" case in unanimous New York Court of Appeals ruling
On July 1, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals unanimously adopted Jones Day's arguments in the long-running "unfinished business" suit brought by the Trustee of the Bankruptcy Estate of Coudert Brothers LLP.
Mahindra Satyam resolves global investor claims
Jones Day resolved world-wide claims brought against Mahindra Satyam by former investors in connection with the alleged admission of Satyam's former Chairman that he deliberately misstated the Company's accounts for several years.
NACCO resolves claims against Harbinger hedge funds
In 2006, Applica Incorporated terminated its merger agreement with Jones Day client NACCO Industries, Inc. in favor of a competing offer from the Harbinger hedge funds.
Prince Jefri Bolkiah, member of Bruneian royal family, pursues claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against two former advisors
Jones Day represents Prince Jefri Bolkiah, a member of the royal family of Brunei, pursuing claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against two former advisors of Prince Jefri, Faith Zaman and Thomas Derbyshire, and related parties.
Satyam Computer Services defends securities fraud class action
Jones Day is representing Satyam Computer Services Ltd. (n/k/a Mahindra Satyam) in a securities class action filed in the Southern District of New York.
Chrysler sold to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" after historic court proceedings
After a historic battle all the way to the United States Supreme Court, Chrysler LLC sold substantially all of its assets to Fiat-led "New Chrysler" (Chrysler Group LLC) on June 10, 2009, providing the opportunity for its iconic brands and U.S. operations to survive.
Rediff.com India defends securities fraud class action lawsuit
Jones Day represented Rediff.com and certain of its officers and directors in a securities fraud class action lawsuit alleging violations of the 1933 and 1934 Acts in connection with brokerage commissions allegedly earned by the underwriters on Rediff's ADS offering in the U.S. (the "IPO Laddering" litigation).
HRH Prince Jefri defends against litigation brought in United States and elsewhere by Brunei Investment Agency
Jones Day has represented Prince Jefri Bolkiah in the U.S. in connection with litigation brought by Bandone Sdn Bhd, a corporation owned by the government of Brunei.
Quadrant pursues securities law claim to recoup fraudulently-induced investment in manufacturing enterprise in China
Jones Day represented Quadrant in a securities law claim to recoup fraudulently-induced investment in a manufacturing enterprise in China.
Zaid Safarini defends against civil action for wrongful death arising from attempted airplane hijacking
By appointment of the District Court, Jones Day lawyers represented an imprisoned former member of the Abu Nidal Organization, Zaid Safarini, in a civil action for wrongful death arising from an attempted airplane hijacking.
Director of public company defends against ERISA litigation and stock options backdating investigation
Jones Day provided representation to an outside director of a public company in ERISA litigation, derivative litigation and with respect to a special litigation committee investigation arising from backdating of stock options.
Yahoo! defends against copyright infringement action relating to its internet webcasting service
Jones Day defended Yahoo! Inc. in a copyright infringement action related to its internet webcasting service brought under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
AlliedSignal and Breed Technologies settle multi-million dollar accounting fraud litigation in Florida
Jones Day represented Breed Technologies first, then AlliedSignal Recovery Trust, as plaintiff in a fraud action filed in Florida's Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Polk County, Florida.
Sheet music publishers challenge copyright act's constitutionality
Attorneys from Jones Day's Washington Office worked with Professor Lawrence Lessig of Stanford Law School and others, representing a group of sheet music publishers, and individuals who depend upon the availability of works in the public domain.
Allied Riser defends litigation to defeat attempt by bondholders to accelerate bond indebtedness
Jones Day provided representation to Allied Riser Communications Corporation, a telecommunications company, in a multiple-venue litigation for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of covenant of good faith.
Datastream defends securities class action
Jones Day provided representation to software maker Datastream Corp. in class action securities litigation.
Palomar Medical Technology defends securities class action
Jones Day represented Palomar Medical Technology in class action securities litigation.
BIT Protection of Foreign Investments in Times of Volatile Currency, Slow Growth, and Political Uncertainty in India
- 2001Criminal Liability on the Internet, coauthor, BNA World Cybercrime Report, Vol. 1, No. 2
- March 2001Requesting a Company's Computerized "Backbone," Digital Discovery & E-Evidence, Vol. 1, No. 3
- December 1989Potential Liabilities of Computer Security Response Centers From Notification to Publishers & Users of Security Deficiencies in Software, coauthor, Memorandum to the Members Of Computer Security Response Center
- Harvard University (J.D. 1976; Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation); Brown University (M.A. 1973; B.A. 1973; Phi Beta Kappa)
- New York; District of Columbia; United States Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Fourth, Sixth, Ninth, Eleventh, and District of Columbia Circuits; and various U.S. District Courts
- Associate Independent Counsel, Iran Arms Sale/Contra Diversion Investigation (1987-1990) and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice (1981-1983)
- Named to the BTI Client Service All-Stars list that honors individual attorneys providing outstanding client service (2007)