July 31, 2017 Articles

Lawyer Spotlight: Stewart Edelstein

An interview with the author of <i>How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer</i> (ABA 2017).

By Jamie L. Lanphear

When did you start practicing law?
I started practicing law in 1973, upon graduation from Cornell Law School.

What type of law did you practice?
I was a commercial trial lawyer for 40 years, negotiating, mediating, arbitrating, and litigating cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

What do you enjoy most about the practice of law?
Most gratifying about the practice of law has been my role representing clients who have disputes they can’t resolve on their own, especially when the stakes are high. Even though every case is not resolved to the client’s satisfaction, the great majority of cases are resolved successfully, whether by negotiation, mediation, arbitration, or litigation. To achieve justice for my clients, I have always benefited from collaboration with colleagues. That collaboration, the intellectual rigor and dedication necessary to succeed as a trial lawyer, and the required acquisition of knowledge of disparate substantive subjects have always appealed to me.

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