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Stewart Mollrich

Stu brings fifty years of experience in law, politics and communications to the team at Manly, Stewart & Finaldi. Widely recognized as one of California’s leading strategists in political campaigns and communications, his past clients have included California Governor Pete Wilson, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and director Rob Reiner.

“We bend the arc of history towards justice for our clients every day. We do it in the courts, in the media, in Congress and in state legislatures. My personal mission is empowering our clients to overcome their abusers and the powerful institutions that enable abuse.”

Survivors of sexual abuse have difficult, painful, and important stories that must be heard by the media, the public and those with the power to make laws and create change. Stu prepares our clients and attorneys to tell these impactful stories in national and local media interviews and in federal and state legislative hearings. Stu began his career by earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in communications management from the prestigious Annenberg School of Communications at USC and a law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Before joining MSF, he managed more than 100 successful political campaigns for candidates and ballot issues including California’s landmark property tax cutting initiative Proposition 13, and Proposition 10 which established California’s First Five Program for early childhood development. Stu and his wife Laura are active supporters of the US Equestrian Olympic and Paralympic teams. Laura was named the 2023 Adequan/USDF Para-Dressage Rider of the Year Grade IV Reserve Champion and All – Breeds Para-Dressage Rider of the Year Champion

Verdicts & Settlements

Stu has assisted the MSF team since 2016 representing victims of sexual abuse by physicians, Universities, school districts, churches, and sports organizations including these landmark cases:

  • $880 million in settlements between USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and survivors of former Olympic Team doctor Larry Nassar
  • $852 million settlement between the University of Southern California and survivors of former USC gynecologist George Tyndall
  • $490 million settlement between the University of Michigan and survivors of the abuse of sports team doctor Robert Anderson.
  • $ 243.6 million between UCLA and 151 survivors of former gynecologist/oncologist James Heaps.


  • University of Southern California B.A., 1974
  • University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communications, M.A., 1975
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, J.D., 1979

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of California