Bar and Court Admissions
Pierson, Counsel to Morvillo LLP, has 40 years of experience in
white collar, internal investigations, compliance and complex litigation.
His clients include corporations, executives, political figures
and journalists. He specializes in Justice Department, SEC, congressional
and other government investigations, federal and state litigation
and counseling on the increasing compliance requirements for business
organizations. Stuart has been selected as a Best Lawyer
in America in the area of Criminal
Defense: White-Collar Law from 2010 to 2016, and recognized in DC Super Lawyers, also in the area of White Collar Law.
Enforcement and Internal Investigations
- Representation of Phaedra Almajid, a former employee of the Qatar bid team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. After the head of the FIFA Ethics Adjudicatory Chamber investigating the award identified her, contrary to the FIFA promise of confidentiality, Ms. Almajid agreed to speak publicly about her employment on the Qatar bid and its efforts to win and retain the 2022 World Cup award. See BBC interview with Ms. Almajid, released November 19, 2014.
- Advice to
and representation of Volt Information Sciences, Inc., a $2 billion
public company, for internal investigation and SEC matters (2009-2013).
of official of national housing company in response to federal
allegations of kickbacks (2008).
investigation for Security National Bank, a regional bank. Resolution
of internal needs and compliance remediation (2007-2008).
of government sub-contractor in response to investigation of alleged
gratuities provided to military transportation officials relating
to award of shipping business (2004-2007).
of Stiles Kellett, chair of the Worldcom Board of Directors' Compensation
Committee in class actions and over 100 individual actions consolidated
in the Southern District of New York arising from the collapse
of WorldCom, Inc. (2004-2006).
of federal government lawyer in criminal investigation concerning
allegations of inappropriate conduct in a sentencing proceeding
of global technology company in federal investigation of municipal
procurement fraud (2000-2003).
of former employees of the Democratic National Committee in investigations
by both houses of Congress and the Department of Justice concerning
campaign financing (1997 - 2000).
of former Congressman Charles N. Wilson in various federal investigations
as he was the principally effective advocate for assistance to
the Afghan resistance to Soviet occupation. (1983-1999) See also
Charlie Wilson's War, Atlantic Monthly Press.
Advice to clients
on the established elements of an effective compliance plan for
public and private business and regulated entities, including Sarbanes-Oxley
requirements, Federal Sentencing Guidelines, Department of Justice
and Securities and Exchange Commission policies.
Public Power District v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., District
Ct., Douglas Co., NE: Representation of utility on claims for
breach of contract and negligence for failure to maintain defendant
railroad's roadbed and infrastructure in the Powder River Basin,
causing failure to deliver required coal supplies (2007-2008).
Arbitration: Representation of Midwest utility in response
to an arbitration claim that it had intentionally undermined sale
of a substantial company asset (2003-2004).
States v. Church, et al., S.D. WV: Representation of second
defendant charged with conspiracy to obstruct a federal bank examination
(1999 - 2002).
v. Washington, 384 F. Supp. 312 (W.D. WA 1974) (the “Boldt
Decision"): lead plaintiff’s counsel for the judgment
recognizing Indian off-reservation treaty fishing right of Pacific
Northwest Indians to take up to 50% of the harvestable salmonid
stock as the supreme law of the land. Judgment revolutionized
Pacific Northwest fisheries management, and steadily improved
the lives of the Indians. Upheld in four Supreme Court challenges.
Marietta v. Evening Star, 417 F. Supp. 947 (D.D.C. 1976):
counsel for defendant newspaper in establishing that public corporations
have the same First Amendment burden as individuals to prove actual
malice to recover for defamation on a matter of public interest.
Ghobanifar (mid-1980s): Counsel for the Iranian middle man
in the Iran Contra affair, who was never charged or required to
testify in the grand jury or congressional proceedings.
Court of Appeals Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law (1992-1998).
- Author of
"Responding to a Criminal Investigation," Privacy
& Data Security Law Journal, June 2007.
- Author of
"Individual Legal Expenses: Should You Have A Policy?,"
Author of "A Trap for the Unwary: Can a Company Deny
Advice-of-Counsel Evidence?," March 2006.
- Other periodic
publications concerning cases and representations, and articles
in media periodicals on developments in the law.
- The Best Lawyers in America, Criminal
Defense: White-Collar Law (2010-2016)
- Lives of Consequence, Profile of Stuart Pierson, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2016)
- Washington DC Super Lawyers, White Collar Law (2015)
Troutman Sanders LLP, 1998-2012
- Private Practice
in Washington D.C., 1973-present
- Special Assistant
U.S. Attorney, Western District of Washington, 1973-1975
U.S. Attorney, Western District of Washington, 1971-1973
- Trial Attorney,
Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, 1968-1971
and Court Admissions
- New York
- U.S. Supreme
- U.S. Court
of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Other U.S.
Courts of Appeal
- U.S. District
Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District
Court for the District of Maryland
- Duke University
- Hobart College
(B.A., cum laude, 1965)