Program director C. Evan Stewart is a senior partner of Cohen & Gresser LLP in New York City. Winner of the New York State Bar Association's 2016 Sanford D. Levy Award for Professional Ethics, Mr. Stewart concentrates primarily in securities litigation and regulatory enforcement matters, practicing antitrust, trademark, employment, and general corporate and commercial law. He handles matters before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and federal and state appellate and trial courts. He also represents clients in arbitration proceedings.
Mr. Stewart was featured by the New York Law Journal in the "Top Trials of 2005" for his successful representation of Theodore Sihpol, the first person in U.S. history to be criminally charged for "late trading" mutual funds. More recently, Mr. Stewart successfully represented Gary Prince against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In May of 2013, after a three-week bench trial in federal court, the judge dismissed all six charges of securities fraud against Mr. Prince.
With substantial experience in the financial services industry, Mr. Stewart served twelve years as executive vice president, general counsel, and secretary for Nikko Securities Inc. As the senior legal officer for this international investment firm, Mr. Stewart counseled the chairman and his senior management on all aspects of the company's business. Mr. Stewart also served as first vice president, associate general counsel, and head of litigation at E. F. Hutton & Co. Since 2003, Mr. Stewart has been tasked by Goldman, Sachs & Co. to be responsible for, among other things, overseeing and litigating all of the disputes arising out of the company's Private Wealth Management Division.
Mr. Stewart has published more than 200 articles in law reviews and bar journals, speaks frequently on securities industry issues, professional ethics, and other topics, and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law as well as a visiting professor at Cornell University. Mr. Stewart is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a trustee of the American Historical Association. He chairs three programs annually for the Practising Law Institute and is currently writing a biography (coauthored by the late professor emeritus W. David Curtiss of Cornell Law School) of Myron C. Taylor. Mr. Stewart is a former chair of Cornell's University Council as well as a member of the board of trustees and the advisory councils at the Cornell Law School, the Johnson Museum of Art, the University Library, and the College of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Stewart earned his B.A., cum laude, in 1974 from Cornell University and his J.D. in 1977 from Cornell Law School, where he was published in Cornell Law Review and served as a member of the Moot Court Board.
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