John I. Stewart, Jr.

General Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP

John I. Stewart, Jr.

John I. Stewart, Jr.

General Counsel at Crowell & Moring LLP

Biography

John I. Stewart, Jr. is a partner in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, where he has practiced communications, copyright, and technology law since 1975. John heads the firm's Technology, Media, and Telecommunications sector of the Intellectual Property Group, and is co-head of the firm's global TLD and Domain Name Practice. He currently serves as the firm's General Counsel.

John's current practice encompasses intellectual property, Internet, and telecommunications matters. He has special experience in the application of intellectual property laws in regulated industries, including the communications and technology sectors. An early participant in the developing law of e-commerce, John continues to counsel clients on law and technology issues. Besides his work on technology partnerships and licenses, global privacy law compliance, online and conventional publishing agreements, software development agreements, open source licensing programs, and website liability issues, John has litigated over 15 industry-wide cable and satellite copyright royalty cases since 1980. He has also litigated cybersquatting and DMCA safe harbor cases, as well as cutting-edge trademark matters.

Representative Litigation Matters:

* Represented the U.S. commercial television industry in 12-day evidentiary hearings to determine the allocation of over $300 million in cable copyright royalties among seven parties. Won significant increase in previous royalty award.
* Filed suit on behalf of copyright owner against website operator for infringement under "red flag" exemption to DMCA immunity. Achieved settlement before trial.
* Pursued multiple trademark oppositions for telecommunications company against registrations of sound marks sought by manufacturer. Achieved landmark victory before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Representative Counseling and Regulatory Matters:

* Led efforts to obtain FCC regulatory approvals covering radio and wireless licenses for two separate multi-step airline mergers.
* Created foundational agreements to acquire and confirm ownership of all necessary intellectual property rights in contributions by government employees and other professionals to collaborative publication of a professional association.
* Provided strategic counsel and assisted in drafting licenses and governing documents for the creation of a new foundation that will manage the development and global operation of a core Internet resource.

John is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues. He is a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia, and of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C., Second, and Third Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland. John is a member of the Section of Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association, the Intellectual Property Section of the D.C. Bar, and the Federal Communications Bar Association. He has been recognized by The Best Lawyers In America in the area of technology law since 2008. John is peer rated "AV," Preeminent, by Martindale-Hubbell. He was a charter member of the Legal Advisory Board of the Copyright Alliance.

John has long provided IP counsel on a pro bono basis to a number of non-profit organizations. He served as an elected member of the firm's Management Board for six years. He is a member of his town's Board of Election Supervisors.

At the University of Chicago Law School, John was topics and comment editor of the Law Review, and won the Wall Street Journal Award in 1974. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. with distinction in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. His undergraduate honors include a Short Story Prize in the Hollins Critic Literary contest. He and his wife, a clinical psychologist, live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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Chevy Chase, MD, United States

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Education
JD
Class of 1975

University of Chicago Law School is the graduate school of law at the University of Chicago. It was founded in 1902 by a coalition of donors led by John D. Rockefeller, and is consistently one of the highest-rated law schools in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report ranks it fourth among U.S. law schools, and it is noted particularly for its influence on the economic analysis of law.

BA with Distinction in Foreign Affairs, Phi Beta Kappa
Class of 1971

The University of Virginia (often abbreviated as UVA, UVa, or Virginia) is a public research university in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States. It was conceived and designed by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and established in 1819. UVA's initial Board of Visitors included former Presidents of the United States Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Monroe owned the initial site of the University, which was mostly farmland. His law office and farmhouse are now the site of Brown College at Monroe Hill, a residential college at UVA. UVA is one of the eight original Public Ivy universities, and it is the only university campus in the United States that is designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In the 2013 edition of U.S. News and World Report's National University Rankings, the school was listed as America's 2nd best public university; tied with UCLA and surpassed only by UC Berkeley.

Memberships
Member, Section of Intellectual Property Law
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member, Intellectual Property Section
Current

The Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA)is a volunteer organization of attorneys, engineers, consultants, economists, government officials and law students involved in the study, development, interpretation and practice of communications and information technology law and policy. From broadband deployment to broadcast content, from emerging wireless technologies to emergency communications, from spectrum allocations to satellite broadcasting, the FCBA has something to offer nearly everyone involved in the communications industry. That’s why the FCBA, more than two thousand members strong, has been the leading organization for communications lawyers and other professionals since 1936.

Member, Intellectual Property Section
Current

The District of Columbia Bar is the second largest unified bar association in the United States. The D.C. Bar’s core functions, supported by member dues, are the registration of lawyers, operation of a lawyer disciplinary system, maintenance of a Clients’ Security Fund, and certain other administrative operations. Many of the important educational and public service programs carried out by the Bar are made possible by voluntary contributions, user fees, and other nondues sources of income. The Bar is governed by a Board of Governors composed of 20 lawyers selected by the active membership and three members of the public appointed by the Bar itself as nonvoting members.

Career History
General Counsel
1975 - Current

Crowell & Moring LLP is a law firm that provides legal services in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. It also offers services in other areas including employee benefits, tax and white collar defense. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Boards & Committees
Member, Management Board
Prior

Crowell & Moring LLP is a law firm that provides legal services in litigation and arbitration, regulatory and transactional matters. It also offers services in other areas including employee benefits, tax and white collar defense. The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Member, Legal Advisory Board
Current

The Copyright Alliance is the unified voice of the copyright community, representing the interests of thousands of individuals and organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines. The Copyright Alliance is dedicated to advocating policies that promote and preserve the value of copyright and to protecting the rights of creators and innovators.

Political Donations
$500
2012

Senator at Office of the Senator from Maryland, Christopher Van Hollen

$500
2012

Senator from Virginia

$1,000
2011

Senator at Office of the Senator from Maryland, Christopher Van Hollen

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John I. Stewart, Jr. is affiliated with Crowell & Moring LLP, Crowell & Moring LLP, The Copyright Alliance

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