Over more than three decades, Monte Neil Stewart has achieved at the highest levels of the legal profession, serving as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, as United States Attorney, as highest rated (A.V.) trial and appellate lawyer, and as teacher and leader at one of the nation’s top-tier law schools.
Mr. Stewart serves clients in one practice area: litigation (with emphasis on complex litigation of all kinds and on appellate work). Beyond Idaho, he is admitted (active status) to practice before the courts of California, Nevada, and Utah and before a number of federal district and circuit courts.
Mr. Stewart began his legal career in 1976 as law clerk to Judge Clifford Wallace of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The following year, he served as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Stewart worked as an associate lawyer for Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, specializing in complex civil litigation, before forming the litigation firm of Wright & Stewart. He served as United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, not by political appointment but rather pursuant to a rare order of that state’s federal district court judges. Utah’s then-governor Michael Leavitt chose Mr. Stewart to lead that state’s legal efforts relative to placement of high-level nuclear waste. In one of the highest-profile cases in the history of the intermountain West, Mr. Stewart successfully prosecuted through both jury and bench trials Thomas Arthur Green. He also led the advocacy program at Brigham Young University’s law school.
Mr. Stewart received his undergraduate degree (summa cum laude and Highest Honors) and his law degree (summa cum laude and first-in-class) from Brigham Young University. In 2004, he received a post-graduate degree (with distinction) from the law faculty at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. Mr. Stewart has published numerous articles in law journals in the United States and Canada and founded the charitable organization, Marriage Law Foundation, to provide high quality legal resources in defense of marriage and family.