Craig Stewart focuses on appellate litigation and on legal strategy and complex motions in trial court litigation. He has represented clients in dozens of appeals in federal and state courts and has orally argued in the United States Supreme Court and the California Supreme Court. His appellate practice covers a wide variety of subject matter areas, including antitrust, employment, ERISA, environmental law, land use, constitutional claims, mass torts, contract disputes, trademark and trade dress, and product liability.
In the trial court, his practice focuses on complex business litigation, primarily antitrust and unfair business practice claims. He has litigated motions to dismiss, class certification, and summary judgment motions and other significant motions in major litigation. His recent experience includes defending price-fixing and monopolization cases under state and federal laws, defending unfair business practice claims under California's Bus. & Prof. Code 17200, and defending consumer class actions alleging false advertising.
Craig's pro bono experience includes representing victims of domestic violence, representing a parolee in a successful Ninth Circuit appeal challenging conditions of his parole, representing a fair housing organization that successfully challenged discriminatory rental practices, and representing an inmate who obtained a federal court injunction against a restrictive prison mail policy.
Law Clerk to Judge Thomas M. Reavley, United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit (1986-1987)
National retailer defends consumer class action surrounding allegations related to farming practices for shrimp
National assisted living facility company defends putative class action lawsuit over advertising regarding care assessments
Procter & Gamble successfully resolves class action claims after U.S. Supreme Court denies request for certiorari review by objectors to settlement
Honors & Distinctions
Member, California Academy of Appellate Lawyers
Advisory Board, Family Violence Appellate Project