Dennis Stewart is a member in Gustafson Gluek’s San Diego office. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross (B.A. 1976) and a graduate with distinction from Hofstra University (J.D. 1981), where he was also a member of the Law Review.
He is a member of the California and New York (inactive) bars and the bars of United States District Courts. His antitrust and consumer litigation experience spans a wide variety of industries including carbon fiber, credit card fees, interchange, casino gaming, sports broadcasting, college athletics, rental car fees, electronics components, medical devices, medical services, casino gaming, and defense procurement.
Between 1981 and 1985 he worked for a major San Diego law firm and engaged in a general commercial litigation practice. Between 1985 and 1988, Mr. Stewart served as a trial attorney with the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice. While at the Antitrust Division, Mr. Stewart participated in investigations and trials involving alleged criminal violations of the antitrust and related laws and was lead counsel in the successful prosecution through trial of United States v. Saft America, Inc., (D.N.J.). He continues to specialize in antitrust, consumer and other complex litigation.
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Since leaving government service, Mr. Stewart has served as lead counsel, principal counsel and/or trial counsel in numerous antitrust, consumer and securities cases, both class and non-class. He was lead trial counsel in Knapp v. Ernst & Whinney, (9th Cir. 1996), in which a plaintiffs’ verdict was returned in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud class action, and Hall v. NCAA, (D. Kan.).
He also served as co-lead trial counsel in In re Airline Ticket Commission Antitrust Litigation, (D. Minn.), In re Contact Lens Antitrust Litigation (M.D. Fla.), and in In re Lifescan Consumer Litigation (N.D. Cal.), a consumer class action. He served as co-lead counsel in the Carbon Fiber Antitrust Litigation (C.D. Cal.) and in the In re Currency Conversion Litigation (S.D.N.Y), and trial counsel in Schwartz v. Visa (N.D. Cal.). He also played a significant role in prosecuting In re Broadcom Securities Litigation (C.D. Cal.).
He is currently serving as one of the counsel in the leadership group in In re Payment Card Interchange Fee and Merchant Discount Antitrust Litigation. He also is one of the counsel participating in the representation of End Purchaser Plaintiffs in In re Packaged Seafood Products Antitrust Litigation (S.D. Cal.).