Stanley M. Brand’s practice covers all levels of state and federal courts, with an emphasis on defending the rights of witnesses involved in government investigations.

Practice & Background

Mr. Brand has represented numerous individuals and organizations investigated by and/or called to testify before the U.S. Congress. He has developed particular experience in the application of the separation-of-powers doctrine. His diverse litigation and counseling practice also includes representing corporations, trade associations, labor unions and individuals in major Department of Justice, grand jury, and independent counsel investigations and trial proceedings, including Whitewater, Housing and Urban Development, the savings and loan crisis, and the campaign finance task force investigations. Mr. Brand has also represented individuals and entities involved in contested election proceedings.

From 1976 to 1983, Mr. Brand served as general counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives under Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O'Neill, Jr. and was the House's chief legal officer responsible for representing the House, its members, officers and employees in connection with legal procedures and litigation arising from the conduct of their official activities. Since leaving the House, Mr. Brand has had a succession of high-profile, political and public corruption cases and clients, including former White House aide George Stephanopoulos in the Whitewater investigation, former congressman and Gore 2000 campaign manager Tony Coelho, former House Majority Whip Bill Gray, congressmen Dan Rostenkowski and Joe McDade, and former executive agency officials.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Brand was the founding partner of Brand Law Group, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm specializing in matters at the intersection of politics and criminal law.

Mr. Brand was featured in The Washingtonian magazine’s 2002 survey of the 75 best lawyers in Washington. In 1999, Mr. Brand was named by the Legal Times to the magazine’s White Collar Crime “Top Gun” list for knowing “when to fight and when not to fight.”

He has appeared widely on network, public and cable television, including ABC News and ABC’s "Nightline," NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, Court TV, NPR’s "All Things Considered," CNN’s "Lou Dobbs Tonight," MSNBC’s "Hardball," John McLaughlin’s "One on One," and ESPN’s "SportsCenter" and "Mike and Mike in the Morning" on the subject of corporate, public and political ethics, congressional procedure and criminal law. Mr. Brand was also a paid consultant and commentator to ABC News during the Bush/Gore 2000 election dispute.

Mr. Brand is the distinguished fellow in law and government at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law and serves as the on-site coordinator of the Washington semester program.

Representative Matters

  • represented Major League Baseball (MLB) in connection with the congressional investigation into MLB’s steroid policies
  • served as parliamentarian to the founding convention of the Change to Win Coalition.
  • Served as counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for 20 years, as well as parliamentarian to the Teamster conventions of 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001
  • served as Washington counsel and parliamentarian to a number of other unions, including the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees International Union, the Seafarers International Union of North America, the International Longshoreman’s Association, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, and the Service Employees International Union
  • won a ruling in federal district court ordering a major media corporation to comply with a Federal Communications Commission divestment order
  • served as counsel to an accounting firm in the government’s various investigations of, and charges against, the company.

Public Service

  • General Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives.

Awards & Accolades

  • Recognized in Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers, 2016