Stephen Fuzesi’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, frequently involving high-stakes matters. He has represented clients in a broad range of cases in federal and state courts across the nation and in arbitration proceedings. He also has defended clients in governmental investigations.
Steve has significant experience in professional liability cases involving accounting firms. His representation of national accounting firms has included the defense of litigation arising out of both audit and tax services, including representing a “Big Four” firm in a two-year arbitration trial that resulted in the panel’s dismissal of all claims. Steve’s practice also emphasizes the representation of media companies and journalists in a variety of matters. This has included defending leading news organizations in defamation lawsuits challenging their reporting in print, online, and on television.
In addition, Steve has represented clients in a number of pro bono matters, including successfully obtaining the vacatur of a client’s attempted murder conviction on appeal.
Steve has been named by Super Lawyers to its Washington, D.C. “Rising Stars” list. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and was editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. Steve served as an aide in the Office of Management and Budget before attending Yale Law School. He clerked for the Hon. Pierre N. Leval on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Steve joined Williams & Connolly LLP in 2005 and is a former member of the firm’s Hiring Committee. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Daily Princetonian.
Though all cases vary and none is predictive, Steve’s experience includes:
- Defense of audit malpractice action and securities litigation stemming from one of the largest corporate financial frauds in American history
- Representation of “Big Four” accounting firm in a three-week arbitration trial involving claims by the bankruptcy trustee for a large insurer
- Defense of national television news organization in defamation and product disparagement lawsuit seeking more than $1 billion
- Representation of clients in Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) proceedings
- Defense of national accounting firm against claims brought by insurance receiver