Mr. Stone is a Senior Partner and Chairman Emeritus at McDermott Will & Emery, an international law firm with over 1100 lawyers in 20 offices around the world. Mr. Stone served as chairman of McDermott Will & Emery for 8 years from 2009 to 2016. During that time, he led the firm through the significant financial recession which had a transformational impact on the legal services industry. An experienced trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, Mr. Stone routinely provides counsel to corporations, boards of directors and c-suite business executives. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006.
Mr. Stone is an experienced teacher. In addition to teaching Leadership in Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, he has also taught trial advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law, at Harvard Law School, and at the U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Stone’s community service includes chairing the Asia-Pacific Institute of the American Jewish Committee, where he is also a member of the national Executive Council and Board of Governors. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Attorneys’ Liability Assurance Society, a multi-billion dollar insurance company. Mr. Stone also serves on the advisory board for the Center for Wrongful Convictions at the Pritzker School of Law. He has served as a board member of the Jewish Federation of Chicago, and as president of the Jewish Family & Community Services, a social welfare agency in Chicago.
Mr. Stone is also an active alumnus of Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree in International Relations with Honors and Distinction in 1978. He currently serves as a Trustee of Stanford, and
previously served for 12 years as chairman of the Stanford Fund, responsible for all annual giving to Stanford. He has also served for 15 years as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bing Overseas Studies Program, as Vice-Chairman of the Campaign for Undergraduate Education, as a member of the Vice-Provost’s Cabinet in Undergraduate Education, and as a member of the Parents’ Advisory Board. Mr. Stone has been honored numerous times by Stanford, including receiving the Gold Spike Award in 2016 (Stanford’s highest annual award for lifetime volunteer service) and was the inaugural recipient of the Stanford Medal in 2006 (awarded for exceptional volunteer service to Stanford). Mr. Stone received his JD cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1983.