After leading American and Iraqi soldiers in combat for nearly three years, Tod Stephens now guides businesses in resolving compliance, litigation, and investigation challenges. Tod’s unique background as a U.S. Army combat infantryman, an MBA, and an experienced courtroom attorney allow him to creatively aid clients in solving complex and sensitive problems.
Security and Facility Clearance Law
Within the cleared defense, intelligence, and security industries, Tod advises in-house counsel, business managers, corporate directors, and Facility Security Officers (FSOs) in navigating their complex regulatory obligations. Tod regularly represents clients during their interactions with the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (formerly DSS), the Department of Defense Consolidated Adjudications Facility (DOD CAF), the Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the executive branch intelligence agencies, and numerous Government Contracting Activities (GCAs). As an MBA mindful of the bottom line, Tod efficiently prepares businesses for Cognizant Security Agency (CSA) inspections, implements vulnerability mitigation plans, and resolves personnel and facility clearance shortfalls. When a trustworthy individual is facing a security clearance denial or revocation, Tod calls upon his deep experience in mitigating government security concerns to seek favorable adjudication at a hearing or personal appearance.
Tod regularly represents businesses and business owners facing corporate and contract litigation. Adept at efficiently managing jury trials, motion hearings, discovery, witness interviews, and depositions, Tod uses his military and business training to implement strategic litigation plans focused on business objectives.
Tod is frequently called upon to conduct internal investigations for his corporate clients, evaluating legal issues related to regulatory compliance, contract performance, financial management, and employee misconduct. Of note, Tod has led successful fraud investigations in the commercial lending, pharmaceutical, and aeronautics industries.
Services and Industries
- Industrial Security and Security Clearance
- Noncompete and Trade Secrets
- Government Contracts
- Government Relations and Public Policy
- White-Collar Criminal Defense and Government Investigations
- Governance and Compliance
- Internal Investigations and Regulatory Compliance
- Outside General Counsel
- Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Litigation
- Washington University School of Law (J.D.)
- Washington University Law Review
- Washington University - Olin Business School (M.B.A.)
- United States Military Academy - West Point (B.S.)
- Distinguished Cadet
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
- Military Order of the Purple Heart
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
- Society of Industrial Security Professionals (NCMS)
- ASIS International
- The Missouri Bar
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Law360 Aerospace and Defense Editorial Advisory Board (2020)
Charitable and Civic Involvement
- The Snow Foundation (Board of Directors)
Before earning his MBA and law degree, Tod fought in Iraq for three years as a U.S. Army infantry officer, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Combat Action Badge and several other commendations. Tod led American and Iraqi soldiers in direct ground combat on a near-daily basis, and he advised Iraqi Army generals on operational and leadership matters. Tod is Airborne Ranger qualified, served on active duty for nearly eight years and remains a major in the individual reserves.