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Lawrence Stierhoff is an associate in McKool Smith’s New York office.  Lawrence’s practice is focused on complex civil litigation, including commercial disputes, securities law claims, administrative law, bankruptcy, and constitutional law.  He has extensive experience relating to the origination, servicing, and securitization of mortgages.  

Lawrence has litigated in federal circuit, district, and bankruptcy courts, as well as the Commercial and Appellate Divisions of the New York Supreme Court.  In the course of that work he has briefed and argued a variety of dispositive and non-dispositive issues, taken and defended depositions, and managed complex civil discovery. 

Lawrence received his undergraduate degree from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School.  Immediately following law school, Lawrence was a Community Service Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union’s LGBT and AIDS Project.  Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior associate in WilmerHale’s Business Trial Group.


Representative Matters

  • FHFA, as conservator for Freddie Mac, in litigation arising from the settlement of a class action relating to Novastar RMBS.
  • Nationstar Mortgage, in ongoing litigation regarding breach of contract for the purchase and sale of mortgage servicing rights. 
  • Trustees of numerous RMBS trusts in breach of contract “putback” actions against major financial institutions.

Prior to joining McKool Smith:

  • Enforced property rights acquired pursuant to a sale under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code in an adversary proceeding.
  • Advised a financial company regarding the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the company for prudential regulation by the Federal Reserve.  
  • Asserted First Amendment and RLUIPA claims on behalf of an Islamic community that was denied a special permit to construct a mosque, resulting in a beneficial settlement.  

Media & Events



  • “Preparing Witnesses for Cross-Examination at Trial,” Co-author with S. Calvin Walden, New York Law Journal (May 11, 2015)


J.D., cum laude, University of Michigan Law School, 2011

B.A., Critical Humanism and Continental Philosophy, University of Redlands, Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, 2006

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Court Admissions

  • State of New York
  • The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
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