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Geoffrey S. Stewart (Geoff)
Of Counsel


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  • Harvard University (J.D. 1976; Editor, Harvard Journal on Legislation); Brown University (M.A. 1973; B.A. 1973; Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Government Service

  • 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)

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.

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