Ian A. Stewart Partner

     

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Ian Stewart has defended complex litigation in state and federal courts for more than 20 years with a focus on product liability, complex general casualty, cannabis law, transportation and marine claims, data privacy and security, and intellectual property litigation. Ian is co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law practice and a member of the Information Governance Leadership Committee.

Ian is committed to client communication and cost-effective litigation management. He is a proponent of efficient claim resolution and Legal Project Management. Ian goes out of his way to ensure that he understands his clients’ business and goals so that an agreed strategy can be identified and implemented at the outset of any litigated matter.

Areas of Focus

Complex Tort & General Casualty, Transportation and Product Liability
Ian has successfully defended a variety of product liability matters involving products manufactured in the United States and abroad. These include recreational vehicles, industrial machinery, drugs and medical devices, nutritional supplements, cannabis products, amusement park rides, sporting goods and consumer products. Ian regularly defends consumer class actions involving product liability, warranty and unfair competition issues. He is founder and former national chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance’s Product Liability Committee.

Ian frequently defends security and premises liability matters for commercial property owners, hotels, restaurants and retailers. He has represented fleet owners, including motor carriers, armored trucks and taxi/limousine companies. Ian also regularly defends maritime/marine claims, as well as general liability matters involving sports and school-related risks.

Cannabis & Hemp Law
As co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis Law practice, Ian leads a national multidisciplinary team of lawyers who serve all aspects of the cannabis and hemp industries, as well as financial institutions and insurance companies that service those industries. Ian works with licensed cannabis operators throughout the country to comply with their obligations under the law and to develop risk management best practices. He advises Fortune 500 companies on risk management involving hemp-derived CBD and the interplay with U.S. food and drug laws. Ian assists insurance companies on cannabis-related underwriting practices and the development of new policy forms. He also works with financial institutions and professional services firms on best practices for operating in a challenging regulatory environment.

Ian participates on the Policy Council of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), is former chair of NCIA’s Finance and Insurance Committee, former vice chair of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) Insurance Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board of the International Cannabis Bar Association (INCBA). He is one of MG Magazine’s “30 Powerful Cannabis Attorneys You Should Know.” Ian received a 2019 Readers’ Choice Award by JD Supra for his publication on cannabis consumer class actions, and received National Law Review’s award as “Go-To Thought Leader 2018” for his publications on cannabis law.

Cyber Liability
Ian is a member of the firm’s Information Governance Leadership Committee and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US). He has responded to numerous data breaches for companies including retailers, medical providers and professional firms. Ian counsels clients on evolving privacy threats, including the collection, use, retention and destruction of data. He also defends data privacy class-action litigation and litigated matters involving invasion of privacy, right of publicity and statutory consumer claims.

Professional Liability
In the professional liability area, Ian focuses on the defense of architects/engineers and miscellaneous specialty risks. He performs contract reviews for design professionals and has been designated as the point of contact by two insurance companies for their contract review programs.

Intellectual Property
Ian’s intellectual property practice focuses on litigation involving trademark and trade dress infringement claims, trade libel, trade secret, unfair competition claims, internet domain disputes and license agreements.