Stephen Bluestone manages the firm’s legal business in addition to professional and client relationships, domestic and international case management, as well as being directly involved in the firm’s major litigation and asset recovery matters.
He believes in a “hands-on” approach to handling matters and frequently meets with clients, local counsel, and parties involved in disputes in their own countries.
Stephen commenced his legal career in 1971 in Washington D.C. and is an experienced practitioner and litigator having handled cases in such areas as general business and commercial litigation, representing parties in probate, bankruptcy and real estate proceedings, advised domestic and international companies on general business matters, including contract negotiation, as well as establishing debt recovery strategies for domestic and overseas creditors, including leading financial institutions and insurance companies. Additionally, Stephen has significant experience enforcing judgments and arbitral awards in US courts and tribunals worldwide.
Stephen has been involved in trust and conservatorship cases where the parties, courts, trust companies, beneficiaries, wards, and other associated entities and persons are located in different countries. As background for this specialization, Stephen received continual appointments over many years by the Probate Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia to participate as counsel, conservator, or guardian in proceedings before the Court.
During Stephen’s early years in the Nation’s Capital, he served as a consumer advocate testifying before Congress (the House Small Business Committee) and federal government agencies ( the Federal Trade Commission, The Federal Communications Commission and others) in the areas of toy and other product safety, deceptive advertising practices to children, and related matters. In addition, he was an associate with the firm of Douglas, Obear and Campbell (now Jackson & Campbell).
Items of Note
Among the numerous presentations made by Stephen throughout the world, he was a keynote speaker in Quindao, China at a conference sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Trade, where he presented a paper on the Global Aspects of Credit Management in the Americas.
In 2005, Stephen was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General of North Dakota in relation to an international asset recovery project undertaken by the State with the firm, which continued until 2008.
District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia
U.S. District Court for Maryland
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for District of Maryland
U.S. District Court for North Dakota
U.S. District for Central Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
LL.B., Rutgers University School of Law, 1966
B.A., Marietta College, 1963
District of Columbia Bar Association
Maryland Bar Association
American Bar Association
International Bar Association
The Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments in the United States, in International Commercial Debt Collection, Stephen L. Bluestone, Minh Ngoc T. Nguyen, David Franklin ed., 2007.
Speech to the UIHJ Congress Published in Well-Known Swedish Legal Magazine, "Svensk Juristtidning", 2006, Annual Volume 91 "Recognition & Enforcement of Foreign Country Money-Judgments in the U.S." presentation to the International Union of Judicial Officers' Congress in Washington, D.C., April 27, 2006