ST. LOUIS — A former assistant U.S. attorney who made global
headlines is joining a law firm with a worldwide reach.
Cristian Stevens will join Armstrong Teasdale as a litigation partner for its St. Louis office.
Armstrong Teasdale is a global law firm with offices across the
United States and in China.
Stevens is best known for his time as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, where he led the federal investigation into the Aug. 9, 2014, officer-involved shooting of Micheal Brown in Ferguson.
bachelor's degree in political science and Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, where he served as the
editor-in-chief of the Missouri Law Review. He followed his time in law school by serving as a clerk for Pasco M. Bowman II during
Bowman's tenure as the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals
for the Eighth Circuit.
the course of his career, he has developed experience helping clients
through almost every phase of the litigation process, including
investigation, discovery, pretrial hearings, trial and direct appeal.
And in his time working in appellate practice, he developed
sophisticated post-trial strategies for his clients, according to a
press release from Armstrong Teasdale.
“Cris is a skilled
trial and appellate lawyer and will certainly build on the strong
team of litigators we have in place at the firm, "
Matt Reh, partner and litigation practice group leader at Armstrong Teasdale, told the St Louis Record. "Litigation is our
largest practice group at Armstrong Teasdale, and we’re proud to
have an assistant U.S. attorney join us. He has a significant amount of experience with internal
investigations and will take on a lead role for many of those
matters. His background really complements the work our attorneys are
already doing in St. Louis, Kansas City, Denver and all of our
said that Stevens' experience with internal investigations
will lend itself well to the types of business litigation,
complex commercial litigation and white-collar crimes cases that the firm handles.
“Cris really enjoys being in court
and going to trial,” he said. “So he will definitely take on
cases that enable him to do that and practice in an area where we
know he has significant strength.”
more than a decade of experience serving as an assistant U.S.
attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri where he prosecuted
federal violent crimes such as homicides, narcotics, white-collar
and civil rights violations from the earliest stages of investigation
through the appeals process made him particularly attractive to the
firm, Reh said.
“Cris’ interests are well-aligned with the
firm’s interests and because of his understanding of both sides of
the spectrum – working with government and working within private
practice – we knew he would be a strong candidate,” he said.
“We’re excited about the well-rounded and robust experience he
brings to the firm. He’s litigated cases at both the state and
federal levels and has received a number of awards that demonstrate
his talent and level of ability.”