Geoff Stewart's practice focuses on complex litigation.
Geoff was part of the trial team that represented the City of Detroit in its bankruptcy case in 2013 and 2014, handling matters involving the City's eligibility for bankruptcy protection, the feasibility of its plan of adjustment, and challenges to the priority of bondholder claims. More recently, he has represented investors in litigation arising from the multi-billion dollar bankruptcy of a major casino operator.
Much of Geoff's practice is international. Between 2007 and 2011, he represented Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei in global litigation involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty and enforcement of judgments. He also has represented clients in arbitrations involving domestic and international disputes and has served as an arbitrator himself.
In the area of intellectual property, Geoff was counsel to plaintiffs in Eldred v. Ashcroft, 537 U.S. 186 (2003), which challenged the constitutionality of copyright term extensions; Yahoo! in a leading case involving internet music services; and the artist Shepard Fairey in litigation involving Fairey's creation of the iconic Obama Hope poster. Prior to joining Jones Day, he represented plaintiffs in Apfel v. Prudential Bache Securities, 81 N.Y. 2d 470 (1993), which is a staple of law school contract courses.
From 1981 to 1983, Geoff was Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy. From 1987 to 1990, he was Associate Independent Counsel for the Iran Arms Sale/Contra Diversion Investigation, concentrating on matters involving the U.S. State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency.
Associate Independent Counsel, Iran Arms Sale/Contra Diversion Investigation (1987-1990) and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, United States Department of Justice (1981-1983)
Prince Jefri Bolkiah, member of Bruneian royal family, pursues claims of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against two former advisors
Satyam Computer Services defends securities fraud class action
Chrysler sold to Fiat-led New Chrysler after historic court proceedings
Honors & Distinctions
Named to the BTI Client Service All-Stars list that honors individual attorneys providing outstanding client service (2007)