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Lawrence Stierhoff is an associate in the New York office of McKool Smith, where he focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he was a senior associate in WilmerHale’s Business Trial Group. 

Lawrence has litigated civil disputes in federal circuit, district, and bankruptcy courts, as well as the Commercial Division of the New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division’s Second Department. He has represented and advised clients regarding a variety of issues, including ERISA claims related to variable annuity products, a federal challenge to an investigation by a state attorney general, the Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of a non-bank financial institution for regulation by the Federal Reserve, a partnership dispute involving numerous breach of contract claims, and the enforcement of property rights acquired pursuant to a sale under Section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code. In his pro bono practice, Lawrence has litigated First Amendment and RLUIPA claims on behalf of an Islamic community that was denied a special permit to construct a mosque and helped secure a beneficial settlement for his client.     

While attending law school, Lawrence participated in the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Summer Legal Honors program, working in the Appellate Section of the Office of General Counsel. Later, he was a student lawyer in the University of Michigan Law School’s Child Advocacy Law Clinic. Immediately following law school, Lawrence was a Community Service Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union, working in the LGBT and AIDS Project.  

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

Court Admissions

  • State of New York
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