Stan M. Brand
Counsels companies and individuals at all levels of state and federal courts, with an emphasis on defending the rights of witnesses involved in government investigations.
Served as general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1976 to 1983 under Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr.
Serves as a distinguished fellow in law and government at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law.
Stan’s practice covers all levels of state and federal courts, with an emphasis on defending the rights of witnesses involved in government investigations.
Stan has represented numerous individuals and organizations investigated by and/or called to testify before the U.S. Congress. He has a recognized expertise in the application of the separation-of-powers doctrine. And his diverse litigation and counseling practice also includes the representation of corporations, trade associations, labor unions and individuals in major Department of Justice, grand jury, and independent counsel investigations and trial proceedings, including Whitewater, Housing and Urban Development, the savings and loan crisis, and the campaign finance task force investigations. He also have represented individuals and entities involved in contested election proceedings.
From 1976 to 1983, Stan served as general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives under Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, Jr. and was the House’s chief legal officer responsible for representing the House, its members, officers and employees in connection with legal procedures and litigation arising from the conduct of their official activities. After leaving the House, Stan had a succession of high-profile, political and public corruption cases and clients, including former White House aide George Stephanopoulos in the Whitewater investigation, former congressman and Gore 2000 campaign manager Tony Coelho, former House Majority Whip Bill Gray, congressmen Dan Rostenkowski and Joe McDade, and former executive agency officials.
Most recently, Stan spent more than five years with the Global AmLaw firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Before which, Stan was the founding partner of Brand Law Group, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm specializing in matters at the intersection of politics and criminal law.
Stan has been featured in The Washingtonian magazine’s survey of the 75 best lawyers in Washington. And Stan has been named by the Legal Times as a White Collar Crime “Top Gun” for knowing “when to fight and when not to fight.”
Stan widely appear on network, public and cable television, including ABC News and ABC’s “Nightline,” NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, Court TV, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” MSNBC’s “Hardball,” John McLaughlin’s “One on One,” and ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “Mike and Mike in the Morning” on the subject of corporate, public and political ethics, congressional procedure and criminal law. Stan was also a paid consultant and commentator to ABC News during the Bush/Gore 2000 election dispute.
Stan also serves as a distinguished fellow in law and government at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law and the on-site coordinator of the Washington semester program.
Stanley Woodward Jr.
Counsels domestic and international clients in complex government and internal investigations as well as related civil litigation.
Handles sensitive, high-value employment litigation.
Serves as adjunct professor teaching courses on Labor & Employment Law and Pre-Trial Civil Litigation.
Stanley has a decade of experience counseling companies and individuals responding to government and internal investigations as well as complex civil litigation, including employment issues.
Stanley’s experience includes the representation of domestic and international clients on issues related to global compliance, including matters arising under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and personal data protection laws, as well as other ethical and legal compliance matters. Stanley’s individual representations span a wide range of federal executive branch departments, commissions, and agencies, including the Office of the White House Counsel, the Departments of Justice (including the Special Counsel’s Office led by Robert Mueller), Defense, Commerce, and Interior. Stanley also has extensive experience representing companies in sensitive high-stakes employment litigation including employee duties of loyalty, breach of fiduciary duties, trade secret theft, and usurpation of corporate opportunities.
For more than ten years Stanley worked for the Global AmLaw ranked law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Before which, Stanley served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Vanessa Ruiz of the D.C. Court of Appeals, and the Honorable Joan Zeldon and Chief Judge Rufus King III, retired, of the D.C. Superior Court.
While at Akin Gump, Stanley led the Housing Law practice group of the firm’s D.C. Office. In 2018, Stanley was awarded the D.C. Bar’s Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award for our representation of tenants in the District facing eviction. Stanley’s pro bono experience also includes white collar representation, including most recently joining a team from Lawyers Without Borders in providing trial practice training to the Office of the Namibian Prosecutor General and its prosecutors. And Stanley has taken on matters defending prisoners’ rights in cases arising under the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as well as claims arising under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Stanley also serves as the President of the Alumni Council for the Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. The Alumni Council promotes the values, objectives and well-being of the law school, while building and fostering mutually beneficial relations between and among all stakeholders – students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni and friends worldwide. While President, the Council has successfully launched a mentoring program, pairing first year students with an alumni mentor practicing in an area of interest to the student; successfully recruited sponsors for each of the monthly alumni events; launched the Distinguished Alumni Awards recognizing and honoring distinguished alumni of the law school; and launched the Barrister’s Society, recognizing continuing giving by the School’s alum.