“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

- Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail

Wendy Musell, of Stewart and Musell in San Francisco, is an outstanding and distinguished attorney. She is forthright, principled and highly skilled. Ms. Musell was unwavering and relentless in pursuit of equity and justice for me. She was totally committed to my case, in command of every aspect and detail, and she will not be intimidated. She completely understands employment troubles that ...

Elisa J. Stewart

Partner at Stewart & Musell, LLP

Elisa Stewart is a partner at the civil rights law firm Stewart & Musell, LLP, a bi-coastal law firm located in San Francisco, California, and Freehold, New Jersey. Stewart & Musell, LLP is a firm devoted to protecting civil rights in employment and in criminal law. Ms. Stewart is licensed to practice in California, Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.

She handles a wide range of cases, including:

  • Litigation
  • Employment
  • Public Employees
  • Civil Rights
  • Criminal Defense
  • Juvenile Representation

Ms. Stewart is committed to representing employees in public and private employment and protecting their civil rights. In 1999, Ms. Stewart began her career representing indigent defendants in the criminal justice system in Brockton, Massachusetts. As a new lawyer, she handled a serious felony case load ensuring that constitutional rights were preserved no matter the nature of the offense. If the shield of law fails to provide protection to any one person, it fails us all.

In 2003, Ms. Stewart appeared before the United States Supreme Court in Stogner v. California (2003) 539 U.S. 607, a case that tested the power of the state to revive criminal cases for prosecution long after the statute of limitations had passed. The defendant was charged with crimes that had occurred as many as 50 years after the fact. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 vote agreed with the defendant's attorneys that the State could not prosecute a person after the statute of limitations had run its course. After this success, Ms. Stewart stepped out into private practice and opened her firm in San Francisco, California. She began representing individuals in cases all over the State. In 2006, Ms. Stewart opened a firm in New Jersey and joined her practice with a law school colleague, Ms. Wendy Musell. She is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the National Employment Lawyer's and the San Francisco Bar Association.

Cases that the firm has prosecuted on behalf of employees have been featured widely in the news and in print media, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox Network, and the Wall Street Journal.