STEWART I. EDELSTEIN is a principal and co-chair of Cohen and Wolf's Litigation Group and member of the Appellate Group. Resident in the firm's Bridgeport office, Mr. Edelstein has 40 years' experience representing clients in all aspects of commercial litigation. His clients include Fortune 500 and other national corporations as well as leading municipalities and notable individuals. Litigators at many prominent New York law firms call on him as local counsel in complex matters of all types.
Mr. Edelstein is certified as a member of the American Arbitration Association's Commercial Panel. He has taught Trial Practice at Yale Law School for more than a decade, and in 2008 was selected to teach the first Advanced Trial Practice course at Yale. Beginning in January 2009, he has taught Civil Litigation Practice at Yale Law School. This fall, he will teach Arbitration and Mediation Skills at Yale. Mr. Edelstein has been a faculty member at National Institute for Trial Advocacy seminars and at the Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute, and a presenter on litigation-related topics at Connecticut Bar Association seminars. In 2013, the American Bar Association published his book, How to Succeed as a Trial Lawyer. He has authored many articles on litigation-related topics.
Mr. Edelstein has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Connecticut in the area of Commercial Litigation by the 2010-2014 editions of Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business, where he is described by sources as "a really terrific lawyer." He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015 editions) for his work in the areas of Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation. Mr. Edelstein is listed as a "Local Litigation Star" in Connecticut by Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys for his work in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Appellate, and a Connecticut Super Lawyer for General Litigation.
Mr. Edelstein is admitted to practice in Connecticut; the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. He is a member of the American, Connecticut and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. He has served as counsel to the Federal Grievance Committee and Settlement Special Master in federal court, and served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, and the Fairfield Historical Society.
Mr. Edelstein received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1970 from Oberlin College and his J.D. in 1973 from Cornell University.