Will Stute


Washington, D.C.

Will F. Stute is an experienced trial lawyer and trusted business advisor.

Will has significant first-chair trial experience in state and federal courts around the country and in a variety of arbitration forums. His practice focuses on complex civil and corporate litigation, multidistrict litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations, FCPA and other investigations, white-collar defense and class action litigation. Will is called on by clients to help them tackle their most challenging and complex disputes, frequently in the sports, financial services, private equity and defense industries, among others.

Will brings a winning record in state and federal courts around the country. He currently serves as national trial counsel for the NCAA in the concussion litigation. He also represented institutional investors who recovered tens of millions of dollars in connection with one of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Will’s practice includes a broad spectrum of civil and criminal matters, including multi-district litigation, SEC regulatory work, internal corporate investigations and white collar and class action defense. His clients include global financial institutions such as Morgan Stanley, leading private equity funds, and Fortune 500 companies in the tech, life science and defense industries. In 2017, he was voted by clients as a BTI Client Service All-Star, and in 2019, he was selected as a member of Law360's Sports Editorial Advisory Board.

Business leaders also seek out Will’s counsel on a variety of issues outside of litigation. Will has been described as having “the ability to see legal problems in a business context,” for his “exceptional client service,” and for his “ability to bring his personal experience as an entrepreneur to bear” on their problems.

Active in the community and in improving the diversity of our profession, Will is a board member of the Congressional Award Foundation and a founding member and former president of the board of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice, among other leadership roles.

    • Represented material institutional investors victimized in several of the largest Ponzi schemes in U.S. history, securing the return of tens of millions of dollars for clients
    • Represented a major food producer in obtaining early dismissal of highly publicized class action claims, with industry-wide implications for food manufacturers, that it had fraudulently mislabeled products
    • Represented the seller of a foreign currency brokerage against claims of fraud by account holders after the purchaser filed for bankruptcy, leading to claims totaling more than $60M, resolved favorably after month long arbitration
    • Represented the founder and significant equity holder of publicly traded company in alleged derivative claims regarding initial capitalization of company in context of board appointed special committee investigation, FINRA inquiry, active grand jury investigation and SEC subpoenas
    • Obtained dismissal of purported class action for international bank in which plaintiffs’ alleged fraud in the securitization of residential real estate loans
    • Obtained a TRO freezing distributions from a money market fund when it “broke the buck,” preventing the redemption of over $40 billion from the fund, preventing a “run on the bank” in a result covered widely by the national media
    • Defended publicly traded company and its officers in an SEC investigation of potential securities fraud and insider trading, resulting in a rare “no further investigation” determination by the SEC after testimony of the executives