Monte Neil Stewart

Of Counsel
Las Vegas, Nevada

Over the past several decades, Mr. Stewart has achieved at the highest levels of the legal profession, serving as Nevada’s United States Attorney, as highest-rated (A.V., 5.0) trial and appellate lawyer, as a founder of preeminent private-practice and public-interest law firms in Nevada and surrounding states, and as law clerk to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.  

Mr. Stewart serves clients in one practice area: litigation (with emphasis on complex litigation of all kinds and on appellate work). He has litigated some of the highest-profile cases in the intermountain West.

Areas of Practice

  • Civil rights, civil liberties, and constitutional law
  • Business litigation
  • Professional licensing and disciplinary actions

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1976
  • Nevada, 1981
  • Utah, 1998
  • Idaho, 2008
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Numerous federal district and circuit courts


  • University of Oxford, M.St., with distinction, 2004
  • J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, J.D., summa cum laude and first-in-class, 1976
  • Brigham Young University, B.A. (English), summa cum laude and Highest Honors, 1973

Professional and Civic Associations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Federalist Society
  • First Freedom Nevada

Prior Professional Positions

  • Stewart Taylor & Morris, partner – Boise, Idaho, 2008-2015
  • Marriage Law Foundation, president – Orem, Utah, 2004-2008
  • Special Counsel to Utah’s Governor – Salt Lake City, Utah, 2001-2003
  • Rex E. Lee Advocacy Program, BYU Law School, director – Provo, Utah, 1999-2001
  • United States Attorney, District of Nevada – Las Vegas, Nevada, 1992-1993
  • Wright & Stewart, partner – Las Vegas, Nevada, 1981-1991
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, associate – San Diego, California, 1978-1981
  • Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, United States Supreme Court, law clerk – 1977-1978
  • Ninth Circuit Judge J. Clifford Wallace, law clerk – San Diego, California, 1976-1977
  • Brigham Young University Law Review, editor-in-chief – Provo, Utah, 1975-1976

Selected Publications

  • Marriage, Fundamental Premises, and the California, Connecticut, and Iowa Supreme Courts, 2012 B.Y.U.L. REV. 193 (with Jacob Briggs and Julie Slater)
  • Marriage Facts, 31 HARV. J.L. & PUB. POL’Y 313 (2008)
  • Eliding in New York, 1 DUKE J. CONST. L. & PUB. POL’Y SIDEBAR 37 (2006)
  • Genderless Marriage, Institutional Realities, and Judicial Elision, 1 DUKE J. CONST. L. & PUB. POL’Y 1 (2006)
  • Judicial Redefinition of Marriage, 21 CANADIAN J. FAM. L. 11 (2004)
  • Investigating Possible Bias: The American Legal Academy’s View of Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, 54 J. LEGAL EDUC. 136 (2004) (with Prof. Dennis Tolley)
  • Compensatory Damages for Fraud in Nevada: A Proposed Approach, 53 INTER ALIA F7 (1988)
  • Pleadings, Amendments to Pleadings and Supplemental Pleadings, chapter 6, NEVADA CIVIL PRACTICE MANUAL (J. Thompson ed. 1986)
  • The Winters Doctrine as Federal Common Law, 10 NAT. RESOURCES J. 457 (1977) (with Robert Grow)
  • HEW’s Regulation under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972: Ultra Vires Challenges, 1976 B.Y.U.L. REV. 133.