Stuart McCluer is an experienced trial lawyer who has represented plaintiffs in complex commercial litigation and served as compliance counsel to governmental entities. Mr. McCluer has a diverse litigation practice and has recovered over $100 million for a wide range of clients during the past two years alone, ranging from State Medicaid programs to rice producers. As a result of his accomplishments, Mr. McCluer has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Mid-South Super Lawyers, an honor awarded to less than 2.5% of the attorneys in the State, every year since 2010.
Mr. McCluer’s complex litigation experience has been recognized by numerous courts and co-counsel through his selection to serve in leadership positions for plaintiffs in these matters. For example, Mr. McCluer was appointed as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re McKesson Governmental Entities AWP Litigation (D. Mass.), a nationwide RICO class action that settled for $82 million shortly before trial. Mr. McCluer was also selected by the Court to serve as Executive Committee counsel in Universal Delaware, Inc., et al. v. Comdata Corp., 07-1078 (E.D. Pa.), an antitrust class action on behalf of independent truck stops seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in overcharges.
Mr. McCluer also has extensive experience in pharmaceutical litigation and has been retained by numerous State Attorneys General to represent their Medicaid programs and other state agencies in drug pricing litigation. Mr. McCluer has served or is serving as outside counsel to the States of Mississippi, Oklahoma and Utah in healthcare fraud matters seeking tens of millions of dollars. To date, Mr. McCluer’s efforts have resulted in over $20 million in recoveries for his clients.
With strong ties to the Mississippi Delta, Mr. McCluer also routinely represents a wide variety of agricultural businesses in litigation matters. For example, when Bayer CropScience contaminated the domestic long-grain rice supply with genetically modified rice, Mr. McCluer filed the first class action on behalf of Mississippi rice producers and was retained by many of the State’s largest producers to represent their interests in this litigation. Mr. McCluer’s clients ultimately recovered millions of dollars through a historic $750 million settlement. Mr. McCluer also represents a Mississippi cotton broker serving as a lead plaintiff in multi-district, class action litigation pending in the Southern District of New York following the collapse of MF Global. This litigation seeks over $1 billion in customer funds that went missing following MF Global’s bankruptcy.
Mr. McCluer obtained his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia and his law degree from the Washington & Lee University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. McCluer served as an Executive Officer of the Moot Court Board, assisted federal prisoners through the law school’s legal practicum program, and published articles regarding post-incarceration disparate treatment through the school’s Shepherd Poverty Program.
Following law school, Mr. McCluer served as a law clerk to the Honorable Callie V.S. Granade, Chief United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
Mr. McCluer is admitted to the bars of the States of South Carolina, Mississippi and Alabama all federal courts in Mississippi and Alabama.
Outside the practice of law, Mr. McCluer is involved in a number of community service organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Innocence Project, which assists innocent prisoners seeking exoneration and release from prison on the basis of DNA evidence, and recently concluded a three-year term on the vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, Mississippi. Mr. McCluer has also served as president of the American Bar Association’s local Young Lawyers chapter.