Jeff Beelaert is a partner at Stein Mitchell with a distinguished background of public service and extensive experience with trial and appellate litigation.   As lead counsel, Jeff has achieved success for clients in high-stakes, complex cases at every level of state and federal courts, including the United States Supreme Court. 

Before joining Stein Mitchell, Jeff previously held several posts at the United States Department of Justice.

  • As Deputy Associate Attorney General, Jeff advised senior leaders at the Department regarding high-profile matters in environmental litigation, civil rights, and federal programs.
  • As an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division, Jeff briefed and argued dozens of cases as lead counsel for federal agencies. On behalf of his clients, Jeff successfully argued administrative law challenges and criminal appeals, as well as cases involving natural resources, clean air and water, endangered species, land management, Indian law, and takings.
  • As nominations counsel in the Office of Legal Policy, Jeff assisted scores of nominees with the judicial nomination and confirmation process, including two Supreme Court Justices.
  • On a temporary assignment to the Environmental Protection Agency, Jeff was sent by the Department to assist the agency with notice-and-comment rulemaking for an important national policy.

Jeff previously worked as an associate at Sidley Austin in DC, where he drafted Supreme Court briefs and handled white collar matters and investigations.