Steuart has represented and counseled clients in litigation and other proceedings in connection with insurance, unclaimed property, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), tax, intellectual property, false advertising claims, contract and other commercial disputes, securities fraud and Administrative Procedure Act challenges. He also advises clients in the pre-litigation phase of disputes in an effort to avoid or prepare for potential litigation.
Honorable Joseph H. Young, U.S. District Court - Maryland.
Won dismissal of ERISA fiduciary breach claims.
Represents more than 20 insurers in unclaimed property litigation in West Virginia.
Won dismissal of extra-contractual claims and summary judgment for homeowners' insurer in flood insurance case.
Awards and Rankings
Selected as a Washington, DC Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation (2011-2016)
Selected for inclusion in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers (2013-2018)
Legal Alert: Delaware jury finds retailer liable for gift card breakage in qui tam escheat litigation (September 28, 2018)
After four-plus years of litigation in a long-running dispute over unredeemed gift cards, a jury returned a verdict against Overstock.com, finding that the company violated the Delaware False Claims ...
Legal Alert: Retroactive application of unclaimed property law for life insurance deemed unconstitutional in Florida (April 26, 2018)
Legislation requiring the life insurance industry to conduct searches of the Social Security Administration’s Death Master File (DMF) and set the trigger for the escheatment dormancy period at the ...
The Final Rule: Next Steps After Vacatur (April 5, 2018)
The nationwide vacatur of the Department of Labor “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions by the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on March 15, 2018, does not bring an ...
The Final Rule: DOL Fiduciary Rule Affirmed and Revoked (March 21, 2018)
During the week of March 12, two federal appeals courts separately upheld and vacated the DOL fiduciary rule under the Administrative Procedure Act, and DOL suspended enforcement of the rule pending ...
Legal Alert: Unclaimed Property: 5 Key Developments for 2018 (January 24, 2018)
Onerous unclaimed property audits and vexing compliance issues will continue to challenge companies in a wide range of industries in 2018. Even with the robust economy, new federal tax provisions ...
Legal Alert: Section 162(q) Raises Questions about Deductibility of Employment Settlements (December 27, 2017)
On December 22, President Trump signed a significant tax bill (originally named the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act but later renamed to comply with Senate rules) that includes a provision impacting settlement ...
The Final Rule: Considerations and Analysis of the DOL’s 18-Month Transition Period Extension (November 29, 2017)
By a notice published in the Federal Register on November 29, 2017, the Department of Labor extended from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions in its ...
Legal Alert: Delaware Dilemma: VDA or Unclaimed Property Audit (October 3, 2017)
Delaware is instituting an aggressive push forward on its controversial unclaimed property audit program, as indicated in two recent announcements. The Secretary of State has announced that his ...
The Final Rule: DOL Proposes to Extend Transition Period until July 1, 2019, and Issues Additional Non-Enforcement Policy for Arbitration Limitations (August 31, 2017)
By a notice published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2017, the Department of Labor proposed to extend from January 1, 2018, until July 1, 2019, the date for compliance with the full conditions ...
The Final Rule: DOL Issues Fourth Set of FAQs (August 9, 2017)
On August 3, 2017, the Department of Labor released a fourth set of FAQs related to its new “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions, which became applicable on June 9. Like ...
The Final Rule: DOL’s Expanded Definition of Investment Advice Fiduciary Under ERISA and Revised Complex of Exemptions (April 12, 2016)
Just less than a year since its proposal, and just more than six months after receiving thousands of pages of commentary, petitions and hearing testimony, the Department of Labor finalized its ...
“Based on” What? Courts Split over Cost of Insurance Rates (Winter 2016)
The Brief - American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Section's quarterly magazine
Over the past several years, a number of courts have considered the scope of insurer discretion to set cost of insurance (COI) rates for life insurance policies, and have reached different results. ...
The Life Insurance Industry’s Experience with Unclaimed Property (December 2014)
DRI - For The Defense
The past four years have given the life insurance industry a rude introduction to a new approach to unclaimed property regulation. Amidst ongoing multistate unclaimed property audits of many life ...
Regulators’ Unclaimed Property Position Again Rejected (August 19, 2014)
In their article for Law360, “Regulators’ Unclaimed Property Position Again Rejected,” Sutherland attorneys Phillip Stano, Steuart Thomsen, Wilson Barmeyer and G. Brendan Ballard discuss the growing ...
Life Insurance Unclaimed Property Litigation in 2014: Will Regulator Positions Withstand Judicial Scrutiny? (Winter 2014)
American Bar Association Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Newsletter for the Health and Disability & Life insurance Law Committees
Amidst ongoing multistate unclaimed property audits of many life insurers, and despite many regulatory settlements, the insurance industry and state regulators continue to disagree over the ...
Courts Remain Divided Over Cost of Insurance Rates (May 13, 2014)
Litigation continues in various cases challenging cost of insurance rates in life insurance policies, and the past year has seen courts issue decisions going both ways on insurer discretion to set ...
Whither Appellate Guidance on Unclaimed Property Audits (April 14, 2014)
State regulators and much of the life insurance industry continue to disagree about the application of unclaimed property laws to life insurance, and some companies and regulators are increasingly ...
Unclaimed Property Developments in Life Insurance (February 7, 2013)
Reprinted with permission from National Association of Life Companies
Ohio State and Federal Courts Reject Class Actions Alleging That Life Insurers Have an Affirmative Duty to Undertake Death Matches (Summer 2012)
Reprinted with permission from Life Insurance Law Committee Newsletter
Private Plaintiffs Seek to Require Life Insurers to Undertake Death Matches (Winter 2012)
Reprinted with permission from ABA TIPS Committee News
Litigation Update (July 29, 2014)
American Council Of Life Insurers Compliance & Legal Sections Annual Meeting
Sutherland attorney Steuart Thomsen co-presents a Litigation Update at the ACLI Compliance and Legal Sections Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL on July 29, 2014. This session provides an update ...
Unclaimed Property - Navigating the Quagmire (July 1, 2014)
Insured Retirement Institute Government Legal & Regulatory Conference
Sutherland Partner Steuart H. Thomsen presents “Unclaimed Property-Navigating the Quagmire” at the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Litigation Forum, Washington, DC. The session provides a ...
Legal and Regulatory Ethics (July 1, 2014)
Insured Retirement Institute Government Legal & Regulatory Conference
Sutherland Partner Steuart H. Thomsen presents “Legal and Regulatory Ethics” at the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Litigation Forum, Washington, DC. The panel discusses a range of ethical issues ...
Unclaimed Property Debate (October 28, 2013)
American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) Annual Conference
Sutherland attorneys Steuart Thomsen, Phillip Stano and Wilson Barmeyer present “Unclaimed Property Debate” at the ACLI Annual Conference in New Orleans on October 28, 2013.
Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Litigation Summit (June 18, 2013)
IRI Government Legal & Regulatory Conference
Sutherland invites you to register now for the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) Litigation Summit on June 18 as part of IRI's annual meeting in Washington, D.C.For the third year, Sutherland is ...
Future Strategies and Next Steps (November 9, 2012)
CEFLI Unclaimed Property Summit Meeting II
On November 13, 2012, Sutherland Partner Steuart H. Thomsen is participating in a panel discussion, Future Strategies and Next Steps, at the CEFLI Unclaimed Property Summit Meeting II in Chicago, ...
Life Insurance Unclaimed Property Settlements - Peering Behind the Curtain (July 12, 2012)
Significant Trends in Financial Services Litigation (May 4-5, 2009)
The Association of Life Insurance Counsel Annual Meeting
Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Responding to Change Conference (October 15, 2007 - October 16, 2007)
American Bar Association and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
Sutherland Partner Steuart H. Thomsen is speaking at the Health and Welfare Benefit Plans: Responding to Change Conference, October 15-16, 2007, in Virginia. Stuart's presentation, titled Ethical ...
The Association of Life Insurance Counsel 2007 Annual Meeting (May 7, 2007 - May 8, 2007)
Sutherland attorneys Stephen E. Roth and Steuart H. Thomsen will be speaking on securities, ERISA, litigation and other issues related to revenue sharing in both the retirement and retail markets at ...
Member, Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee, District of Columbia Bar
Former Chair, Employee Benefits Law Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
Former Member and Chair, Legal Ethics Committee, District of Columbia Bar
Former Chair, Committee on Admissions and Grievances, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Member, Executive Committee and Board of Directors, Former Chair of Governance Committee, Council for Court Excellence
fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
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