Charles A. Stillman
Charles Stillman has been in practice for over forty years, concentrating in litigation, with a focus on white-collar criminal defense and other regulatory and enforcement matters, as well as complex civil trial and arbitration work.
Mr. Stillman has developed a diverse practice, including trial appearances in numerous federal and state courts; representations of individuals and entities in investigations conducted by the United States Attorneys' Offices in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as more than a dozen other districts and DOJ Antitrust bureaus across the nation; advocacy before the SEC, NASD, NYSE and other securities regulators; appellate and other post-judgment representations; conducting investigations and acting as court-appointed special master; and frequent service as a mediator or arbitrator of complicated civil disputes.
After beginning his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman (in both the Southern District of New York and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals), Mr. Stillman joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District in 1962. During his tenure, under U.S. Attorney Robert Morgenthau, he conducted several felony trials, including major tax and securities fraud prosecutions, and argued numerous cases before the Second Circuit. After embarking on a varied career in private practice in 1966, Mr. Stillman established the firm in 1977, and has maintained throughout its steady growth his founding focus -- complex criminal and civil advocacy, of a quality demanded by the largest corporations, but affordable and accessible to the individual client.
Those clients over the years have included several who were embroiled in high-profile and high-stakes litigations. Mr. Stillman has represented numerous public figures, including a former head of state of a leading industrial nation, a former U.S. Defense Secretary, the Mayor of the City of New York, the former Chief Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, and many other civic and political figures. He has represented several Fortune 500 corporations and other major international business entities, as well as the Chief Executives and other senior officers of such companies and the controlling stockholders of privately held conglomerates. He frequently contributes his time to continuing legal education panels and other professional training activities, and he has taught trial skills curricula to students at Fordham, Emory and Harvard Law Schools.
Mr. Stillman lives in Manhattan with his wife Marilyn, an interior designer. They are the proud parents of three and the joyous grandparents of eight.
Robert M. Morgenthau Award, Police Athletic League, 2003
Milton S. Gould Award for Outstanding Advocacy, The Office of the Appellate Defender, 1999
Louis Dembitz Brandeis Medal for Distinguished Legal Service, Brandeis University, 1997
Human Relations Award, The Anti-Defamation League, 1993
The Norman S. Ostrow Award, The New York Council of Defense Lawyers, 1992
Torch of Learning Award, American Friends of the Hebrew University, Lawyers' Division, 1984
Memberships & Associations
Federal Bar Council
American Bar Association
New York State Bar Association
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
New York County Lawyers' Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
New York Council of Defense Lawyers
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Lawyers Division of the Anti-Defamation League
Trustee, New York City School Construction Authority
New York University School of Law, L.L.B., 1962, Member, Law Review
New York University, B.A. , 1958
Honorable Irving R. Kaufman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Southern District of New York