CHICAGO (March 23, 2005) — McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Jeffrey E. Stone, a partner based in McDermott's Chicago office, is the new Chair of the Firm’s 225-lawyer Trial Department. Mr. Stone succeeds Robert E. Bouma who has successfully led the Trial Department for the past five years.
"Jeff has exemplified superior leadership skills as head of the
White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group, and I am confident in his ability to serve as the next leader of our international trial practice," commented Harvey W. Freishtat, Chairman of McDermott.
Mr. Stone, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, is a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, and has chaired the Firm's White-Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group for the past eight years. Mr. Stone concentrates his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, internal investigations and RICO, representing both corporations and individuals.
"I am honored to accept this opportunity to lead an exceptional group of lawyers," commented Mr. Stone. "I look forward to working with other Firm leaders in continuing the evolution of an excellent international litigation and arbitration capability at McDermott Will & Emery."
Prior to joining McDermott, Mr. Stone served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago for five years, most recently as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he tried numerous federal jury trials in the area of white-collar crime, focusing on complex financial crime, fraud, public corruption and tax prosecutions. From 1995-2000, Mr. Stone also served as outside counsel of the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board, where he led the successful prosecution of former Illinois Supreme Court Justice James Heiple and Circuit Court Judge Oliver Spurlock. During 1983 and 1984, he served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Mr. Stone is currently National Chairman of the Stanford Fund, responsible for all annual giving to Stanford University, and is Vice Chair of Stanford's $1 billion Campaign for Undergraduate Education.