Former Chief Counsel to the US Attorney for the SDNY Craig Stewart Rejoins Arnold & Porter's White Collar Defense & Investigations Practice
NEW YORK, NY November 9, 2020 — Arnold & Porter announced today that Craig Stewart, former Chief Counsel to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY), has rejoined the firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, resident in New York. His practice will focus on representing companies and individuals in connection with investigations by federal and state prosecutors and regulators as well as on representing parties in civil and appellate litigation.
Arnold & Porter Chairman Richard M. Alexander said: "Craig is returning to the firm at a time when we see strong demand for his expertise in investigations and enforcement, scrutiny of COVID-related government programs, and new enforcement priorities. Craig's extraordinary reputation as a practitioner and colleague, and vast experience serving in the Department of Justice and in private practice, will further strengthen our top-notch white collar and litigation capabilities."
In 2019, Mr. Stewart was appointed Chief Counsel to the United States Attorney for the SDNY, the third highest-ranking position in that office. In that capacity, he advised the US Attorney, the Deputy US Attorney, and other members of the Executive Staff concerning the most significant legal matters pending in the US Attorney's Office. He also assisted in oversight of the operations of the Office.
Mr. Stewart worked at Arnold & Porter from 1998 until his departure for the US Attorney's Office in 2019. During that time, his practice involved white collar defense, corporate internal investigations, complex commercial litigation, and criminal appeals. Mr. Stewart served for a time as head of the firm's New York office.
In joining the firm, Mr. Stewart commented: "It was an easy decision to return to Arnold & Porter, a firm with extraordinary talent and a long history of partners joining from public service. The firm's White Collar Defense & Investigations practice, with its long list of respected former prosecutors, is known for expert handling of the most complex and sensitive investigations and litigation. I look forward to joining my former colleagues and to rolling up my sleeves to help clients navigate what is expected to be a sharp uptick in government investigations and enforcements."
Prior to joining Arnold & Porter in 1998, Mr. Stewart spent 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the SDNY, where he served in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions. During that time, Mr. Stewart tried both civil and criminal cases and argued numerous appeals. As a member of the Criminal Division, Mr. Stewart also conducted and supervised many investigations. He held a number of supervisory positions within the Criminal Division, including Chief Appellate Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and Chief of the Narcotics Unit. As Chief Appellate Attorney, Mr. Stewart helped to set the legal positions taken by the US Attorney's Office and supervised the drafting and editing of briefs filed by that Office in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Mr. Stewart earned his JD from Harvard Law School. He received his MA and BA from Yale University. Following his graduation from law school, Mr. Stewart clerked for the Honorable Constance Baker Motley, then-Chief United States District Judge for the SDNY.
Mr. Stewart joins a number of Arnold & Porter colleagues who are SDNY alumni, including Marcus Asner, Manvin Mayell, Nancy Milburn, Michael Rogoff, Sara Shudofsky, and Peter Zimroth in New York; and William Hoffman and Baruch Weiss in Washington, DC.
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