Stewart M. Landefeld

Stewart M. Landefeld


Perkins Coie LLP

Recognized since 1993

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Corporate Governance Law

Corporate Law

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law

Securities / Capital Markets Law

Securities Regulation

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Corporate Law
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Stewart Landefeld, partner and Chair of the firm's Business practice, has 30 years of experience counseling companies and boards in the areas of corporate governance, securities compliance, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, private equity investments and venture capital. Stewart has provided corporate governance and other general corporate counsel to dozens of leading companies, including Microsoft Corporation, Costco Wholesale Corporation, T-Mobile, PetSmart Inc., Orbitz (Audit Committee), Aircastle (Independent Directors), F5 Networks, Intermec Inc., Outerwall Inc., Cardiac Science Corporation, The Seattle Mariners, The Tacoma Rainiers (Baseball Club of Tacoma, LLC) and The Seattle SuperSonics among others. Clients benefit from the valuable insight he gained after serving for nearly a year as interim Chief Legal Officer, interim Chief Compliance Officer and then Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Washington Mutual Inc. in the months prior to and after FDIC seizure of Washington Mutual Bank.



A frequently sought-after speaker and author regarding a variety of corporate governance and other public company issues, Stewart is both the Editor-in-Chief and co-author of The Public Company Handbook: A Corporate Governance and Disclosure Guide for Directors and Executives (Third Edition), published by Bowne. He was recently honored as the recipient of the Burton Foundation's 2009 Distinguished Law Firm Award for co-authoring the article, "Cost Effective Improvements in Governance: Enhancing Communications Among Board Committees," published by the Corporate Governance Advisor. Stewart has also played a significant role in director training programs and had been both the founding organizer and faculty member for the Seattle University Directors Training Academy.



Stewart has been recognized every year since 2005 as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” by Chambers USA. He has also been recognized repeatedly as one of "Washington's Super Lawyers" by Washington Law & Politics and is frequently listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Lawdragon 500's "Leading Lawyers in America," and Who's Who Legal USA – Corporate Governance.

Location

  • 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
    Seattle, WA 98101-3099

Education

  • Yale University , BA

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association

Affiliations

  • American Law Institute - Member

Perkins Coie LLP
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

278 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

219 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Corporate Governance Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Mergers and Acquisitions Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2011 - Corporate Law

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Corporate Law, Seattle (2019)
  • Corporate Governance Law, Seattle (2016)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Seattle (2015)
  • Corporate Law, Seattle (2011)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Private Funds / Hedge Funds Law
  • Corporate Governance Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation

Special Focus

  • Banking
  • Closely-Held Businesses
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Corporate Governance
  • Family Businesses
  • General Corporate
  • Leveraged Buyouts
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Private Funds
  • Publicly-Held Companies
  • Securities
  • Sports
  • Transactions

Awards:

  • Listed in Lawdragon 500: Leading Lawyers in America
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, "Washington's Super Lawyers", 2003 - present
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as "America's Leading Business Lawyers", 2005 - present
  • Listed in Who's Who Legal USA - Corporate Governance, 2006 - 2010
  • Received the Burton Award for Legal Achievement, 2009

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"Stewart has a tremendous client service orientation and is focused entirely on providing excellent, useful advice, and practical solutions to problems. He also has a great collaborative approach, and brings in subject matter experts where needed to supplement his knowledge."

- David Walton (Aircastle)

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