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Brian W. Stolarz

2318 Mill Road
Suite 1100
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone:  703.647.5946
Fax:  703.647.5951


Brian W. Stolarz is the leader of LeClairRyan's Compliance, Investigations and White Collar team. He focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, internal investigations, anti-bribery matters, government contracts, securities enforcement, and commercial litigation.

Mr. Stolarz has been involved in numerous jury trials, participated in regulatory hearings and has litigated numerous motions in criminal and civil cases in federal and state court. His litigation experience includes government enforcement matters involving the criminal and civil divisions of the DOJ, the SEC, FINRA and CFTC. Mr. Stolarz is a member of the Criminal Justice Act Felony Panel in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the District of Maryland. His first appointment resulted in a partial acquittal after trial.

He has worked on numerous high-profile matters, including service as Counsel to the Special Counsel to the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics in the investigation of matters concerning former Senator John Ensign, representation of the most senior Executive Branch official involved in the Jack Abramoff investigation, and a DOJ False Claims Act investigation that received national media coverage. He has also represented individuals before congressional committees and prepared clients for staff testimony and testimony before public hearings.

In addition, a component of Mr. Stolarz’s practice involves representing a prominent non-profit organization in various litigation and regulatory matters, including insurance defense and premises liability cases. Mr. Stolarz also conducts internal investigations on various issues for the organization.

Mr. Stolarz has received several awards for his dedication to pro bono service, including the Pro Bono Legal Service Award from the John Carroll Society at a reception attended by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Associate Justices, and the Archbishop of Washington, D.C. He is also the recipient of the 2014 Caritas Award, the highest honor awarded by Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Washington in recognition of professionals who advocate on behalf of vulnerable and oppressed populations. In addition, Mr. Stolarz served as habeas corpus counsel to a client on death row in Texas, Alfred Dewayne Brown, who was exonerated in June 2015 after serving 10 years on death row. Mr. Stolarz received the 2015 Light of Justice Award from the Texas Defender Service for his efforts to secure justice for Mr. Brown, and his work for Mr. Brown has been profiled in The Washington Post and the Houston Chronicle, and on the Today Show. In addition, he is a Washington Post-best selling author of Grace and Justice on Death Row: The Race Against Time and Texas to Free an Innocent Man.


Representative Experience

  • Represented Social Security Administration Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) before House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform regarding ALJ decision practices
  • Represented investment banker in DOJ and SEC insider trading investigations involving PIPE transactions
  • Represented administrator of $250 million offshore hedge fund that was an affinity scheme targeting faith-based investors in criminal and SEC fraud action
  • Represented former investment bank CEO in high-profile criminal and SEC insider trading action. Conviction reversed by Second Circuit Court of Appeals based on improper expansion of conspiracy law.
  • Represented well-known immigration attorney charged with filing hundreds of false asylum petitions in immigration fraud case
  • Represented large broker-dealer and its chief compliance officers in two-week FINRA enforcement hearing pertaining to variable annuity sales practices and allegations of destruction of documents
  • Represented car dealership owner charged with RICO and money laundering in connection with used car sales scheme involving members of state police department
  • Represented mortgage broker charged with bank fraud involving false statements on financial statements
  • Represented local pharmacist charged with misbranding and selling drug samples in criminal and FDA regulatory case
  • Represented prominent lobbyist in public corruption case alleging wire fraud
  • Represented prominent government contractor in DOJ false claims and debarment investigation alleging violations of the HUBZone and 8(a) set aside programs
  • Represented national government contractor in GSA debarment investigation concerning government contract performance issues
  • Represented international consumer products company in DOJ criminal environmental action alleging unlawful disposal of chemical waste
  • Represented individual alleged to have misused H1-B employment visa to remain in United States unlawfully
  • Represented president of multimillion-dollar "boiler room" accused of manipulating various stocks in criminal and SEC fraud action
  • Represented chief compliance officer of large regional broker dealer in connection with FINRA investigation pertaining to supervision of variable annuity sales

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, "An Evening of Discussion with Criminal Defense Attorney Brian Stolarz: the exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," Alexandria Black History Museum, April 4, 2018
  • Speaker, "Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out: The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," Catholic University Columbus School of Law Family and Friends Day, September 30, 2016
  • Speaker for the Alexandria African-American Hall of Fame Project, Firefighter and Friends to the Rescue, Fathers In Touch, and Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Community Outreach Program, "Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out: The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," September 29, 2016
  • "Post Conviction (State Habeus and State Appeals)," Alexandria Bar Association, September 8, 2016
  • Faculty, "Representing Clients in White Collar Criminal Investigations," DC Bar Continuing Legal Education, July 13, 2016
  • Summer Speaker Series for the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, "The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," June 24, 2016
  • Keynote Speaker, Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington Staff Retreat, "The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," June 16, 2016
  • "Strategies for Handling a Death Penalty Case: Case Study of Alfred Dewayne Brown," D.C. Bar CLE Program, April 12, 2016
  • "Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out: The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," University of Richmond Law School, January 14, 2016
  • "Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out: The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," George Washington University Law School, January 13, 2016
  • Panelist, "Life on Death Row: Voices from the Global Movement to End the Death Penalty," Community of Sant’Egidio, Washington, D.C., November 30, 2015
  • "Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out: The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," Catholic University School of Law, October 30, 2015
  • Special Guest Speaker, Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project at The George Washington University Law School, October 28, 2015 
  • "Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out: The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," George Mason University School of Law, October 28, 2015
  • "Innocent Going In and Innocent Coming Out: The Exoneration of Alfred Dewayne Brown," University of Texas at Austin, October 26, 2015
  • "Criminal Investigations," Virginia Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management, Williamsburg, Virginia, September 18, 2015
  • Faculty, "Representing Clients in White Collar Criminal Investigations," DC Bar Continuing Legal Education, July 16, 2015
  • Special Guest Speaker, Fifth Annual Catholic University of America (CUA) Law Pro Bono Reception, Washington, D.C., March 25, 2015
  • Panelist, "Dos and Don'ts for General Counsel When Responding to State/Federal Subpoena, Document Request or Civil Investigative Demand," 2015 USLAW Network Legal Leaders and Corporate Counsel Exchange, Chicago, Illinois, March 3, 2015
  • "Government Contractors' Guide to Preventing Security Leaks," webinar, January 21, 2015
  • Panelist, “How to Respond When Law Enforcement Knocks at Your Door," National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, June 22-25, 2014

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, Alexandria, Virginia, 2014 – Present
  • Jackson Kelly PLLC, Washington, D.C., 2012 – 2014
  • K&L Gates LLP, Washington, D.C., 2004 – 2011
  • The Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division, New York, New York, 2003 – 2004
  • Morvillo, Abranowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, New York, New York, 2000 – 2003
  • Marcus & Bonsib, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1999 – 2000
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Michele D. Hotten, Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland, 1998 – 1999
  • Law Clerk, Marcus & Bonsib, Greenbelt, Maryland, 1997 – 1998

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Texas Defender Service
  • Member, William B. Bryant Inn of Court
  • Member, Alumni Council, Catholic University School of Law


  • Recipient of 2016 Special Recognition Award, Death Penalty Focus
  • Recipient of 2015 Light of Justice Award, Texas Defender Service
  • Listed in the Litigation Section of 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition for Criminal Defense: White Collar
  • Named a Washington D.C. Super Lawyer in the area of White-Collar Criminal Defense, 2013-2014, 2018
  • Recipient of 2014 Caritas Award, Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of Washington, in recognition of outstanding pro bono service
  • Recipient of 2007 Pro Bono Legal Service Awards, John Carroll Society

Related Industries


  • J.D., cum laude, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, 1998, Editorial Assistant, Catholic University Law Review
  • B.A., Political Science and English, Bucknell University, 1995

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
  • New York
  • Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit