Ian A. Stewart: Lawyer with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP

Ian A. Stewart

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Practice Areas

  • Architects & Engineers
  • Crisis Management
  • Data Privacy & Security
  • Hospitality
  • Insurance Agents & Brokers
  • Intellectual Property
  • Miscellaneous Professions
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices
  • Product Liability
  • Real Property
  • Real Estate Professionals
  • Transportation
  • Real Estate & Development
  • Information Governance
Contact InfoTelephone: 213.330.8830
Fax: 213.443.5101
University Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., 1993 Order of Omega
Law SchoolSaint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1996 Editor - Saint Louis Transatlantic Law Journal
Admitted1996, Illinois; California; 1996, U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California; U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois

Memberships & Affiliations

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM), national chair
ADR Committee Los Angeles County Superior Court ADR Department, settlement officer


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

Product Liability
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.

Professional Liability
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.

General Liability
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.

Cyber Liability
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.

Intellectual Property
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

Speaking Engagements

March 25-27, 2015

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance 2015 Annual Conference

Practical Explanations of New Laws and How They Impact Business

Speaking Engagements

December 9, 2014

The Wilson Elser & National Human Resources Association Employment Law Summit

Legalized Marijuana: Will the PL Insurance Industry Inhale?

Speaking Engagements

November 5-7, 2014

2014 PLUS Conference

CLAIMS MANAGEMENT - It Still Aint Fun and Games!! Update on Emerging Sports & Recreation Risks

Speaking Engagements

April 10, 2014

Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference

Conjuring Success - The Psychology of Negotiation

Speaking Engagements

Wednesday, March 19

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance - Los Angeles Chapter

Mock Trial and Presentation on Surplus Line Broker Ethics

Speaking Engagements

March 12-13, 2013

Surplus Line Association of California

Reducing Billing Write Downs: Drafting Informative Invoices


March 2011

CLM Annual Conference

Protecting Privacy in the Corporate Environment: The View from 10,000 Feet


March 2011

CLM Annual Conference

Additional Events

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

January 2010

Considerations Presented by Litigation Management Guidelines

DRI: For the Defense

June 2009


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.

Additional Publications

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.


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Twitter Terrorism: Criminals Choose the Hack Attack
Ian A. Stewart,Scott Sweeney, July 14, 2015
In what appears to be yet another brazen demonstration of capability following an earlier hijack of government social media sites, a group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) recently hacked into the U.S. Army’s main news and public information website, positing its own message...

Fourth District Reverses Lower Court Ruling in Construction Defect Litigation
John R. Clifford,Edward P. Garson,Gregory D. Hagen,Ian A. Stewart, March 5, 2015
On January 22, 2015, the Fourth District Court of Appeals issued for publication its decision in McMillin Companies LLC v. American Safety Indemnity Company, 4th Dist. Div. 1, D063586.

California Appellate Court Limits Liability under California’s Medical Confidentiality Act for Disclosure of Medical Information
Jeremy L. Ross,Ian A. Stewart,Melissa K. Ventrone, October 2, 2014
In what should be considered a win for the defense, the California Third Appellate Court recently overturned the lower court’s denial of a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit seeking $4 billion in damages under California’s Medical Confidentiality Act (the Act) due to the alleged...
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Ian A. Stewart

555 Flower Street, Suite 2900
Los AngelesCA 90071-2407


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