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Former Federal Prosecutor Stuart Berman Joins Lerch Early

Lerch Early is pleased to welcome litigator Stuart Berman as of counsel. Stuart brings the ability to see all angles of a case to his white-collar criminal defense, civil litigation, and appellate work. For nearly 30 years, Stuart served as a federal prosecutor, first as a trial attorney in the Department of Justice and then as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland. His experience with more than 40 felony jury trials benefits his clients: businesses, corporate officers and employees, and other individuals involved in white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, civil litigation, and administrative proceedings.

Stuart’s mantra is “Always be the best-prepared person in the courtroom. Don’t wear blinders--make sure you understand the other side’s view of the case--and the judge’s. And speak in plain English, not legalese.”

Lauri Cleary, chair of the firm’s litigation practice who also serves as president of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, says, “We are delighted to have a trial lawyer of Stuart’s caliber join our team. His many years of litigation experience as a federal prosecutor will add a new dimension to our white-collar criminal defense practice and provide additional resources for our corporate clients in commercial litigation and appellate matters.”

Stuart knows how the government operates in investigations and prosecutions, so he can approach his clients’ defense from that vantage. From the early 1990s to 2014, Stuart served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, including serving as Greenbelt Branch Chief for more than seven years. He prosecuted many complex cases involving financial, economic, and regulatory crimes and public corruption.

Stuart now represents businesses and individuals facing criminal investigation and prosecution or civil enforcement action by federal and state authorities. Stuart also zealously represents businesses and individuals in civil matters, including ERISA litigation defense, breaches of contract, indemnification and warranty litigation, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Stuart joins Lerch Early after a 28-year career with the U.S. Department of Justice and several years at a premier boutique litigation firm in Washington, DC. He received his Bachelor of Arts with distinction in all subjects from Cornell University, and his Juris Doctor cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Stuart is an enthusiastic traveler who has visited dozens of countries and virtually every state. Stuart and his wife also enjoy scouring the Maryland and Virginia suburbs for the best international grocery stores and undiscovered ethnic restaurants.

For more about Stuart, visit


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