CHICAGO (October 28, 2010) — International law firm McDermott Will & Emery is pleased to announce that Firm Co-Chair Jeffrey E. Stone has been awarded the prestigious Human Rights Medallion by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contribution to numerous educational, legal and community organizations. AJC honored Mr. Stone at an awards dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago on October 27th.
Since 1963, the Human Rights Medallion has been awarded annually to leading Chicago citizens who have stood for the goals that have shaped the AJC: human rights, equal opportunity for all, and constructive relations among America's many religious, ethnic and racial communities.
“Jeff is deeply committed to human rights and equal opportunity for all,” commented Peter J. Sacripanti, Co-Chair of McDermott. “Jeff is an influential and long-time advocate for civil rights and equal justice. His devotion to pro bono and community service has helped to shape the core values of our law firm. Jeff is a remarkable role model to all of our lawyers because he is not only an outstanding, nationally recognized attorney, but he is also committed to his community and to social justice. He is truly deserving of this honor,” said Mr. Sacripanti.
“AJC is thrilled to pay tribute to Jeff Stone, one of our great lay leaders,” said AJC Executive Director David Harris. “As President John Kennedy said in 1963, ‘A nation reveals itself by the men (and women) it honors.’ In honoring Jeff, we speak to the very highest values of American democratic ideals and Jewish ethical aspirations.”
Mr. Stone has been a prominent leader in both the national and local legal communities. He serves as a national Trustee for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and as a Trustee for the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society and on the Advisory Board of Northwestern University’s Center on Wrongful Convictions. Mr. Stone has served on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers and the Harvard Law Society for Illinois. He has served as the Chair of the Campaign for Justice, which is the primary vehicle through which the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation support pro bono and public interest law. Mr. Stone has also served, on a pro bono basis, as the outside trial counsel for the Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board, where he prosecuted Illinois state court judges accused of ethical or judicial impropriety.
Mr. Stone has held leadership roles in the Jewish community, both on the local and national level of major Jewish organizations. He is currently a member of the national Board of Governors and the Chicago Board of Directors for the American Jewish Committee, has served as president and board member of the Jewish Family and Community Service agency, and served as a board member for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
A long-time advocate of higher education, Mr. Stone is currently the National Chairman of the Stanford Fund, responsible for all annual giving to Stanford University.
Mr. Stone is a nationally recognized trial lawyer, who concentrates his practice in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, internal investigations and RICO. He represents corporations, boards of directors, senior executives and others in a variety of complex civil litigation and criminal prosecutions.
Mr. Stone is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is ranked as a leading lawyer in general commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense in the latest editions of both Chambers USA and Chambers Global. He has been recognized in numerous other rankings including LawDragon, The Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal: Illinois and The Legal 500 United States.
Prior to joining McDermott, Mr. Stone. served in the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago for five years, most recently as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Receiving and Appellate Division. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Robert F. Peckham of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco. Mr. Stone is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School.
McDermott Will & Emery is a premier international law firm with a diversified business practice. Numbering more than 1,000 lawyers, we have offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Houston, London, Los Angeles, Miami, Milan, Munich, New York, Orange County, Rome, San Diego, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. Extending our reach to Asia, we have a strategic alliance with MWE China Law Offices in Shanghai.