Elisa J. Stewart
Partner at Stewart & Musell, LLP
Elisa Stewart is a partner at the civil rights law firm Stewart & Musell, LLP, a bi-coastal law firm located in San Francisco, California, and Freehold, New Jersey.
Stewart & Musell, LLP
is a firm devoted to protecting civil rights in employment and in criminal law.
is licensed to practice in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
is committed to representing employees in public and private employment and protecting their civil rights.
In 1999, Ms. Stewart began her career representing indigent defendants in the criminal justice system in Brockton, Massachusetts.
As a new lawyer, she
handled a serious felony case load ensuring that constitutional rights were preserved no matter the nature of the offense.
If the shield of law fails to provide protection to any one person, it fails us all.
In 2003, Ms. Stewart
appeared before the United States Supreme Court
in Stogner v. California (2003) 539 U.S. 607, a case that tested the power of the state to revive criminal cases for prosecution long after the statute of limitations had passed.
The defendant was charged with crimes that had occurred as many as 50 years after the fact.
In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court
in a 5-4 vote agreed with the defendant's attorneys that the State could not prosecute a person after the statute of limitations had run its course.
After this success, Ms. Stewart
stepped out into private practice and opened her
firm in San Francisco, California.
began representing individuals in cases all over the State.
In 2006, Ms. Stewart
opened a firm in New Jersey and joined her practice with a law school colleague, Ms. Wendy Musell.
Ms. Stewart is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyer's and the San Francisco Bar Association.