Ian Stewart handles complex litigation in state and federal courts, where he frequently defends catastrophic multi-party litigation. Ian's practice includes product liability, professional liability, construction defects and general liability matters, as well as data privacy and intellectual property litigation.
Ian is committed to client communication and cost-effective litigation management. He is a proponent of efficient claim resolution, including alternative dispute resolution (ADR). He has served as a pro bono mediator and previously served as national chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's ADR Committee. Ian has developed courses on negotiation strategy and ADR bargaining tactics.
Areas of Focus
Ian has successfully defended a variety of product liability matters involving products manufactured in the United States and abroad. These include recreational vehicles, industrial machinery, drugs and medical devices, nutritional supplements, amusement park rides, sporting goods and consumer products. Ian regularly defends consumer class actions involving product liability and warranty issues. He currently serves as national chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance's Product Liability Committee.
In the professional liability area, Ian focuses on the defense of architects/engineers and miscellaneous specialty risks. He performs contract reviews for design professionals and has been designated as the point of contact by two insurance companies for their contract review programs.
Ian has defended numerous security and premises liability matters for hotels, commercial property owners, condominium associations and retailers. He has represented fleet owners, including motor carriers, armored trucks and taxi/limousine companies. He also handles general liability matters involving sports and school-related risks.
Ian is a member of the firm's Data Privacy & Security practice. He has responded to a number of data breaches for companies including retailers, medical providers and professional firms. Ian has defended data privacy class-action litigation and matters involving invasion of privacy and statutory consumer claims.
Ian's intellectual property practice includes litigation involving trademark and trade dress infringement claims, trade libel, unfair competition claims and Internet domain disputes.
ADR: The Psychology of Negotiation. Know Your Adversary and Yourself
March 25-27, 2015
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2015 Annual Conference
Practical Explanations of New Laws and How They Impact Business
December 9, 2014
The Wilson Elser & National Human Resources Association Employment Law Summit
Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?
November 5-7, 2014
2014 PLUS Conference
CLAIMS MANAGEMENT - It Still Aint Fun and Games!! Update on Emerging Sports & Recreation Risks
April 10, 2014
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference
Conjuring Success - The Psychology of Negotiation
Wednesday, March 19
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance - Los Angeles Chapter
Mock Trial and Presentation on Surplus Line Broker Ethics
March 12-13, 2013
Surplus Line Association of California
Reducing Billing Write Downs: Drafting Informative Invoices
CLM Annual Conference
Protecting Privacy in the Corporate Environment: The View from 10,000 Feet
CLM Annual Conference
Advanced Strategies for Success at Mediation, CLM Regional Training, Brea, CA (2011) Californias Green Building Standards Code, London, England (2010)
Construction Claims Legal Seminar, Construction Management Association of America, Long Beach, CA (2009)
Contracting for Green Design & Construction, Construction Management Association of America, Long Beach, CA (2009)
Defense of Construction Claims, Construction Safety Council Annual Conference, Chicago, IL (2007)
Panel Moderator, Product Safety and Liability Prevention Seminar, New Orleans, LA (2005)
Stewart and Davidson Obtain Dismissal in High-exposure Case Involving a Failed Movie Stunt
January 15, 2015
Legal Insights Publishes Two Articles by Wilson Elser Partners
April 25, 2013
Los Angeles Team Wins Summary Judgment in Catastrophic Injury Case
November 29, 2011
Ian Stewart and Terri Smith to Speak at Council on Litigation Management Conference
February 14, 2011 Ian A. Stewart and Terri Smith will be participating in a roundtable discussion entitled Reducing Billing Write Downs: Drafting Informative Invoices.
Los Angeles team obtains defense verdict after five-day jury trial
August 13, 2010 Marc V. Allaria (Of Counsel-Los Angeles), Ian A. Stewart (Partner-Los Angeles) and Daniel H. Lee (Associate-Los Angeles) recently prevailed in a fraud and violation of labor code matter decided in Los Angeles Superior Court.
The Importance of Trust and Reputation: Mediating with Integrity
DRI: For the Defense
Considerations Presented by Litigation Management Guidelines
DRI: For the Defense
California Amends Law to Expand Businesses' Obligations in the Wake of a Data Breach
Amendment to California's Privacy and Breach Law
December 9, 2014
On January 1, 2015, an amendment to California's privacy and breach law goes into effect that may have a significant impact on the way entities respond to data breaches. In advance of the law's effective date, in addition to evaluating their information security protocols and policies, entities that possess the personal information of California residents should review their insurance policies, first to make sure they have cyber insurance that provides data breach coverage, and second to determine if their policies will cover the potentially significant cost associated with notification and identity protection or mitigation services.
Editor and Contributor, Employee Benefits Law treatise and annual supplement, American Bar Association Employee Benefits Committee, 2000-present.
ERISA Case Reporter, California Labor & Employment Bulletin, 2007-present.