Press Release
June 3, 2016

D.C. Superior Court Judge Stuart Nash to Join Holland & Knight

Judge Nash Will Lead National White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2016) — D.C. Superior Court Judge Stuart Nash will join Holland & Knight and co-chair the firm's National White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice. Judge Nash has announced that he will resign his position from the court effective June 30.

"We are delighted to welcome Judge Nash to Holland & Knight after his distinguished service as a judge on the D.C. Superior Court and as a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Justice," said Steven Sonberg, Managing Partner of Holland & Knight. "Stuart joins an extraordinary team of litigators in our Washington office, and his integrity, intellect and leadership will play a critical role in our continued success."

Judge Nash was nominated to the D.C. Superior Court on June 8, 2009 and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. He was sworn in on June 4, 2010. 

"It has been an honor and privilege for me to serve my fellow citizens of the District of Columbia over the past six years, and I remain grateful to Presidents Bush and Obama for nominating me to the bench," said Judge Nash. "I am excited to embrace a new set of professional challenges and opportunities, and look forward to joining the outstanding attorneys and professionals at Holland & Knight."

"Stuart Nash is a highly respected lawyer who has practiced at the highest levels of the Department of Justice," said John Hogan, the chair of Holland & Knight's Litigation Section. "Stuart's integrity, experience and judgment will be of great value to the firm's corporate clients who operate in today's complex and highly regulated environment."

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Nash served as associate deputy attorney general of the United States, as well as director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, a multi-agency task force combining the efforts of more than 2,000 federal law enforcement agents and more than 600 federal prosecutors with the mission of dismantling the world's largest drug-trafficking and money-laundering organizations. Judge Nash also served as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, where he litigated dozens of jury trials and argued multiple cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. During his varied career in the law, Judge Nash has also served as counselor to attorney general John Ashcroft and counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Judge Nash graduated from Duke University with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science and later from Harvard Law School. After law school, he clerked for The Honorable Sam J. Ervin III, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and The Honorable T.S. Ellis III, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia (Alexandria Division). 

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