Harvey M. Stone

Harvey M. Stone co-founded the firm, served as Managing Partner for most of its first forty years, and is currently Co-managing Partner. He has represented hundreds of clients, including business executives, lawyers, doctors, and corporations, in a broad range of civil and criminal matters. The firm’s attorneys consult with him regularly for strategic advice in litigation and other important matters.

His vast appellate experience in the federal government and then in private practice has included cases before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, numerous other federal Circuit Courts, and the New York State Appellate Courts.

Harvey served as Chief of the Appeals Division, United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where he supervised all of that office’s appellate litigation, both civil and criminal, and briefed and argued major cases in the Second Circuit.

Among his many successful appeals in private practice, one of the most notable was a critical appellate victory for a prominent doctor who had been unjustly convicted of a serious criminal charge. After the conviction, the doctor’s legal defense fund brought in Harvey, who prevailed in a court known for rarely overturning criminal convictions. This victory led to a new trial and subsequent acquittal, with the jury clearing the doctor of all charges. People v. Griffin, 242 A.D. 70 (1st Dept. 1998). The case was the subject of an extensive column in the Wall Street Journal by Dorothy Rabinowitz and was cited when Ms. Rabinowitz won a Pulitzer Prize.

Harvey began his career in the Appellate Section of the Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C., where he briefed and argued cases in the federal courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court. When Harvey was just three years out of law school, the Solicitor General designated him to argue for the United States in Middendorf v. Henry, 425 U.S. 25 (1975), marking the first time in many years that a Criminal Division attorney was asked to argue before the Supreme Court.

From 1990 through 2022 Harvey co-authored (first with Peter Schlam, then with Richard Dolan) the Eastern District Roundup, a monthly column in the New York Law Journal.

For some 40 years he served on the Board of Trustees of St. Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy, and was elected Trustee Emeritus in 2023.  In 2014 he received the Founder’s Medal, the School’s highest award.  He served on the Board of Governors of Isidore Newman School in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 2011 to 2023, and has been a Trustee since 2014.  Harvey was a Director of the Samuel Goldberg & Sons Foundation, Inc., in New York for decades. He also served on the Advisory Board of the American Center for Democracy.

Additional Publications

Co-author of the Eastern District Roundup, a monthly column in the New York Law Journal, 1990 - Present 

Co-Author, “An Introduction to Criminal Procedure,” Principles & Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, Second Edition, 2003 (ARNOLD)


  • Board of Trustees, St. Stephen’s School, Rome, Italy, 1984 - Present
  • Board of Governors, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, LA, 2011- Present

“I serve as a strategic guide and advisor for our firm’s lawyers and its clients. As the firm has grown, its continuing and tireless commitment to excellence is a source of pride for me.”