Stuart Nash is a Washington, D.C., litigation attorney and co-chair of the firm's national White Collar Defense and Investigations Team. In addition to his extensive experience in white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, Mr. Nash has handled a wide variety of civil litigation, including shareholder derivative suits, false advertising claims and general commercial litigation.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Nash served for six years as a presidentially appointed associate judge for the District of Columbia Superior Court. In that capacity, he presided over nearly 400 trials, including a full range of criminal and civil matters.
Prior to his appointment to the bench, Mr. Nash served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for more than 13 years, rising to the position of associate deputy attorney general, with responsibility for a wide variety of financial crimes, including money laundering, violation of export controls and pharmaceutical frauds. As an assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Columbia, Mr. Nash tried dozens of cases to final verdict, in diverse areas such as murder, public corruption and financial fraud.
In 2000-2001, Mr. Nash was detailed from the U.S. Attorney's Office to a position as counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In that capacity, he advised the committee on criminal policy and assisted in the drafting of several significant pieces of criminal legislation, including the USA Patriot Act.
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Nash began a clerkship for the Honorable Samuel J. Ervin III, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The following year, Mr. Nash began a second clerkship for Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Following his clerkships, Mr. Nash worked at a Washington, D.C., law firm for four years, focusing on white collar criminal defense, commercial litigation and antitrust cases. During that time, Mr. Nash represented corporate and individual clients in a wide variety of criminal and civil matters in federal courts throughout the country.
Mr. Nash has been awarded two special achievement awards by the Department of Justice for his work on particular cases, and in 2005, was awarded the Department of Justice medal for his overall contribution to the Department.
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