Stu Newberger is a Washington-based senior partner with the international law firm of Crowell & Moring. His practice centers on handling complex international disputes, mostly involving the actions of governments. He has over 30 years of “first-chair” experience as a trial and appellate advocat in the U.S. courts, as well as international arbitration venues around the world, including ICSID, PCA, ICC, ICDR, AAA, SCC, LCIA, Austrian Federal Economic Centre and ad hoc proceedings pursuant to the UNCITRAL rules. He founded the firm's “International Dispute Resolution” practice.
The issues arising in his practice range from “private commercial” activities (such as aircraft ownership, oil and energy contracts/concessions, hotel/resort operations, poultry farming, textiles and soft-drink franchises), to “public policy” issues (such as state-sponsorship of terrorism, confiscation/expropriation of property, violations of international law, international crimes and human rights). In addition to courts and arbitration venues, he has extensive contact with international organizations (such as the United Nations and the World Bank/IMF), executive and regulatory agencies (including the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission) and the U.S. Congress.
Stu’s “country experience” includes disputes arising in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South America, South and Southeast Asia, Oceania and China. His practice includes engagements both against and on behalf of sovereign governments.
For many years, Stu served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. He also has lectured on law, international affairs and public policy issues at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, the University of Virginia, George Washington University, American University, the University of the West Indies, the Aspen Institute and other institutions. In addition, he has presented programs for the American Bar Association throughout the U.S. and in the United Kingdom, has lectured at many annual congresses of the Union Internationale des Avocats (in France, Australia, Argentina, Switzerland, and Portugal) and at the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (in Israel). Stu also currently serves on the Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and the Advisory Board of the Herzliya Conference in Israel.
Stu received his B.A. from George Washington University in 1974 and his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1979. Prior to joining the firm, Stu served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Harold H. Greene and as an Assistant United States Attorney. He also served for many years as a member of the Committee on Grievances of the U.S. District Court, on the Board of the Historical Society for the D.C. Circuit, and the Judicial Conference for the D.C. Circuit. Stu is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia.