Stuart brings the ability to see all angles of a case to his white-collar criminal defense, civil litigation, and appellate work. He represents businesses and individuals facing criminal investigation and prosecution or civil enforcement action by federal and state authorities in Maryland and around the country.
Stuart’s mantra is “Speak and write plain English and always understand your opponent’s – and the judge’s – view of the case.” 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.
Because of Stuart's long experience, he also has represented businesses and individuals who are victims of economic crime in their interactions with law enforcement agencies and prosecutors.
Stuart also represents businesses and individuals in civil matters, including ERISA litigation defense, breaches of contract, indemnification and warranty litigation, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He has also represented both companies and relators in whistleblower claims brought under the False Claims Act.
Stuart has briefed and argued many cases before the 4th Circuit and filed briefs in other appellate courts, including a successful petition for writ of certiorari in the United States Supreme Court and briefs in many federal courts of appeal. He edited and approved dozens of 4th Circuit briefs while serving as a supervisor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Greenbelt.
Stuart joined 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.
Stuart and his wife Ellen, a geoscientist, are enthusiastic travelers who have visited dozens of countries and virtually every state. Before his knees gave out, Stuart ran marathons--including the Montgomery County Marathon in the Parks and the Marine Corps Marathon--and he now hikes the C&O Canal and the neighborhoods of Bethesda with his wife and their dogs. Stuart and his wife also enjoy scouring the Maryland and Virginia suburbs for the best international grocery stores and undiscovered ethnic restaurants.
Earlier in life, he backpacked around the world and bicycled through northern California, the Pacific Northwest, and France. Stuart also enjoys music and theater and reading history, biographies, and periodicals. He obsessively follows the Nationals and Capitals.
Civil and Administrative Proceedings