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Stephen Rees

Stephen Rees is an associate in the firm’s Washington, DC office and member of the Litigation and Investigations Practice Group. He has handled litigation matters involving a range of issues, including antitrust, product liability, ERISA, insurance, breach of contract, and tort claims.

Stephen has experience in all stages of litigation, including:

  • dispositive motions;
  • fact and expert discovery;
  • class certification;
  • summary judgment;
  • mediation; and
  • arbitration

Stephen has first-chaired fact witness depositions and has drafted dispositive motions in both federal and state court for clients. In addition, he maintains an active pro bono practice, with an emphasis on immigration-related impact litigation and criminal law matters.

Stephen is a member of the Bar of Illinois. District of Columbia bar application pending; supervised by principals of the firm.


The Fourth Circuit recently reinstated a wrongful death suit against a defendant, holding that the release in a settlement of consumer class actions against the defendant did not preclude plaintiff’s personal injury suit against that same defendant.  See In re Lumber Liquidators Chinese-Manufactured Flooring Prod. Mktg., Sales Pracs. & Prod. Liab. Litig., — F. 4th —, 2024 WL 174363 (4th Cir. Jan. 17, 2024).  The Fourth Circuit’s decision is notable given that class members—including plaintiff—explicitly agreed to release all personal injury claims against the defendant, yet the Fourth Circuit held that the plain language of the release was limited by the “identical factual predicate” doctrine and allowed the class member to raise this challenge in a subsequent lawsuit.Continue Reading Fourth Circuit Holds That Consumer Class Action Release Does Not Necessarily Release Personal Injury Claims

The First Circuit recently vacated and remanded a district court’s approval of a proposed class action settlement “because the absence of separate settlement counsel for distinct groups of class members makes it too difficult to determine whether the settlement treated class members equitably.” Murray v. Grocery Deliver E-Servs. USA Inc., — F.4th —, 2022