David Stuart

@ Partner | Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

David M. Stuart is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.  He focuses on government and internal investigations, regulatory enforcement and compliance, and securities and derivative litigation.   In the past several years, his engagements have involved issues related to financial reporting and disclosure, accounting restatements, improper payments and foreign corruption, insider trading, market manipulation, and whistleblower claims.  He has appeared before the SEC, DOJ, U.S. Attorneys’ offices, state Attorneys General offices, PCAOB, CFTC, FINRA, and the New York Mercantile Exchange. Mr. Stuart has also conducted comprehensive reviews of corporate compliance programs and advised organizations on implementation of best practices in regulatory compliance.  

Mr. Stuart has advised a range of clients, including Akorn Pharmaceuticals, AngloGold Ashanti, Barnes & Noble, Brink’s, First Solar, The Hartford, IBM, Insys, ITT Educational Services, KION Group, McKinsey, Mylan, Novartis, PSEG, Qualcomm, Starbucks, Telia Company, Time Warner and World Fuel Services.

From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Stuart served in the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.  While at the SEC, he was Branch Chief for the SEC’s Financial Fraud Task Force and regularly coordinated multinational investigations with the FBI, the Department of Justice, and multiple international regulators and law enforcement agencies.  For this work, Mr. Stuart twice received the Director’s Award for outstanding contribution to the enforcement of the federal securities laws. After leaving the SEC, Mr. Stuart served as Senior Counsel of Investigations and Regulatory Affairs for the General Electric Company.  Mr. Stuart returned to Cravath in 2008.

Mr. Stuart was recognized for his work in securities regulatory enforcement by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2015 and 2016, The Legal 500 United States in 2015 and 2016 and Benchmark Litigation in 2015.  Benchmark Litigation named him a “Local Litigation Star” in the New York area in its 2016 and 2017 editions.  He was named one of Ethisphere Institute’s “Attorneys Who Matter” and was recognized for his white-collar criminal defense work in the 2016 edition of The Legal 500 United States.  Mr. Stuart and his partners also earned the Firm recognition in the Corporate Crime & Investigations category of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in 2015 and 2016.  

Mr. Stuart is a frequent speaker, expert columnist and author on the subjects of regulatory compliance and corporate investigations.  He is the managing editor of three editions of the SEC Compliance and Enforcement Answer Book, published by the Practising Law Institute.  

Mr. Stuart was born in Dearborn, Michigan.  He received his B.A. with high honors in 1990 from Wesleyan University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. in 1995 from New York University School of Law, where he was Senior Staff Editor of the Environmental Law Journal.  After graduating from law school, Mr. Stuart clerked for the Hon. John Gleeson in the Eastern District of New York.

Mr. Stuart is a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Association of SEC Alumni, and the SEC Historical Society.

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