Government Experience

  • U.S. Attorney's Office—District of Columbia: Assistant U.S. Attorney (1982-1987)


  • The George Washington University, B.A. (1974)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (1979)


  • District of Columbia
Stuart H. Newberger, Partner Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2649
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Stu Newberger is a Washington-based senior partner with the international law firm of Crowell & Moring. His practice centers on handling complex international disputes, many involving the actions of governments. He has over 30 years of "first-chair" experience as a trial and appellate advocate 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, Columbia University, 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, Bar-Ilan University, the Peres Academic Center, the Aspen Institute, the Herzliya Conference, the Dubai International Arbitration Center, 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.

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.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia

Speeches & Presentations

  • "Investment Treaty Arbitration -- How Claimant Can Get the Respondent Sovereign's Attention and What to Do When You Get It," Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment Spring 2014 International Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series (February 27, 2014). Presenter: Stuart H. Newberger.
  • "Protecting Israeli Investors and Industries Doing Business Overseas: International Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration," Peres Academic Center and Crowell & Moring Conference, Rehovot, Israel (January 30, 2014). Presenters: Stuart H. Newberger, Ian A. Laird, Terry Rea, Jonathan S. Kallmer, and Claire Stockford.
  • "Defeating Terrorism with the Law: Civil Anti-Terrorism Litigation in the U.S.," American Association of Jewish Lawyers & Jurists and DC Bar Event, Washington, DC (April 2008). Presenter: Stuart H. Newberger.
  • "The International Experience," The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists 13th International Congress: "Coping with Changing Realities," Jerusalem, Israel (November 2007). Presenter: Stuart H. Newberger.
  • "Investment Treaties and International Law," AIPN/ICC Conference on Dispute Resolution in the International Oil & Gas Business, Paris, France (October 2007). Presenter: Stuart H. Newberger.


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In the News

  • Terror Victims Eye Thawing with Iran
    August 2, 2015 — Wall Street Journal

    Washington D.C.-based International Dispute Resolution partner, Stuart H. Newberger, is quoted in the Wall Street Journal discussing Iran's refusal to pay billions of dollars in compensatory damages that were awarded to terrorism victims by U.S. courts. While there were no discussions of terrorism victims during the nuclear talks, Newberger remarks that in order to have "a rapprochement with Iran, the terrorism sanctions and judgments have to be dealt with one way or another."

  • The Global Lawyer: Iran's Bill Comes Due
    May 20, 2015 — The American Lawyer

    Washington, D.C.-based International Dispute Resolution partner Stuart Newberger, who represents families of terror victims, is featured in an American Lawyer article discussing expected settlement amounts with Iran. Newberger remarks that he expects the grand total of damages assessed by U.S. courts against Iran for acts of terror to exceed $45 billion. Although he notes that there are a few scenarios for settling the outstanding Iran terror judgments and cutting damages and interest to lower the amounts, Newberger says that such a diplomatic formula would be inappropriate since most judgments have been finalized against Iran.

  • For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks
    November 25, 2014 — New York Times

    Washington, D.C.-based partner and member of the firm's International Dispute Resolution Group, Stuart H. Newberger, talks with the New York Times about the United States' recent agreement to extend the nuclear negations with Iran for another seven months. Newberger, offers insight based off his own client counseling and stated, "If and when they do reach an agreement on the nuclear nonproliferation issue, there must be at some point an agreement between the U.S. and Iran similar to the one the U.S. did with Libya."

  • US Court Affirms Section 1782 Trend
    November 21, 2008 — Global Arbitration Review

    Crowell & Moring International Dispute Resolution Group co-chair and partner, Stuart H. Newberger is featured for his comments on section 1782 of the United States Code to secure evidence. 

  • Divorce American Style
    June 24, 2008 — The American Lawyer

    Crowell & Moring International Dispute Resolution Group co-chair Stuart H. Newberger is featured in the Focus Europe edition of the American Lawyer for representation of his client Mansur Maqsudi/Roz Trading Ltd.

  • Washington, DC - "The Capital’s Market"
    September 2006 — Global Arbitration Review – Volume 1, Issue 4

    Crowell & Moring’s International and Governmental Litigation/Arbitration practice is featured as the largest arbitration practice in Washington, DC.

  • Case Closed: Final Victory for Beirut Bombing Victims
    September 11, 2006 — Legal Times

    April 1983 U.S. Embassy bombing victims, represented by Crowell & Moring’s Stuart H. Newberger, receive a final court victory.

  • State Department Takes Stand Against Falun Gong
    August 7, 2006 — Legal Times

    Stuart H. Newberger is featured for his comments on the governments stand against the Falun Gong religious group.

  • Bottled up: Why Coke Stands Accused of Being Too Cosy With the Karimovs
    June 16, 2006 — Financial Times (also appeared in the ABA Section of the International Law’s Russia/Eurasia Committee Newsletter, October 2006)

    Crowell & Moring International Dispute Resolution Group co-chair Stuart H. Newberger is featured in the Financial Times for his comments on the international arbitration claim filed in Vienna, Austria on behalf of Crowell & Moring client ROZ Trading, Ltd., against a subsidiary of Coca-Cola and the Republic of Uzbekistan, its former partners in a soft-drink joint venture. The claim alleges that ROZ Trading, Ltd. was unlawfully excluded from the joint venture and had its shares unlawfully taken by the Uzbekistani Government -- and that the respondents continue to operate the joint venture today at great profit.

  • Civilians vs. Terror
    April 2006 — The American Lawyer

    Stuart H. Newberger is featured on the firm’s victims of terrorism litigation work against sovereign states such as Libya and Iran.

  • Two Judges Seen as Potential Supreme Court Nominees Share Conservatives' Approval
    July 17, 2005 — Washington Post

    Stuart H. Newberger, partner in the Litigation Group, was cited for his insights on potential Supreme Court Nominees.

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Sep.03.2013 The Best Lawyers In America 2014 Recognizes 41 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
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Aug.30.2011 The Best Lawyers in America 2012 Recognizes 43 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Sep.01.2010 Super Lawyers 2010 Recognizes 36 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Aug.03.2010 The Best Lawyers in America 2011 Recognizes 44 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Apr.01.2010 Crowell & Moring International Arbitration Practice Featured In Global Arbitration Review's Annual "GAR 100" List
Sep.01.2009 Super Lawyers 2009 Recognizes 39 Crowell & Moring Attorneys
Feb.01.2009 Crowell & Moring LLP International Dispute Resolution Group Recognized As One Of The Elite GAR 100
Jul.31.2008 Victims of UTA Flight 772 Issue Open Letter To Capitol Hill On "Libyan Claims Resolution" Bill
Apr.05.2006 Victims of September 1986 Hijacking Of Pan Am 73 File $10 Billion Suit Against Libya
Dec.15.2005 U.S. District Court Rules Iran Must Pay Crowell & Moring Clients $126 Million For 1983 Terrorist Bombing
Sep.19.2005 Victims of September 1989 UTA Flight 772 Bombing Seek Court Ruling That Libya is Responsible For Murder of 170 Persons
Jul.06.2004 Club Med Named In Multi-Million Dollar Law Suit Citing Allegations of Receiving Profits By Operating Luxury Resort on Confiscated Cuban Beachfront
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