Criminal Justice

BigLaw partner is free on bond after arrest in alleged sex assault

A Sidley Austin partner is free on bond after being arrested in an alleged Thanksgiving Day sexual assault at his home.

Stanley Stallworth, 50, has retained the Chicago firm Henderson Adam, the Am Law Daily (sub. req.) reports. The firm was formed in 2011 by former Holland & Knight partner Victor Henderson and Sam Adam Jr., who helped defend former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Henderson will be Stallworth’s lead lawyer.

Stallworth and his 22-year-old nephew, Therrie Miller, are accused of assaulting an 18-year-old man at Stallworth’s home in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Bond was set at $150,000 for each man. Stallworth posted pond but Miller remained in jail, officials told the Northwest Indiana Times on Monday.

Prosecutors say the victim met Miller at a barbershop and drank fewer than two cocktails at Stallworth’s home. The victim told prosecutors he passed out and when he awakened he was being sexually assaulted.

Henderson released a statement by Stallworth’s family to the Am Law Daily.

“The allegation is completely unfounded, and we look forward to defending vigorously Stan’s good name and reputation,” the family said. “Stan is a pillar of the community, and he has tirelessly worked on behalf of young people for the past 25 years. As a former teacher, current member of several nonprofit organizations focused on improving the circumstances of underserved youth and their families, and a major university scholarship donor, Stan remains undaunted in his commitment to improving society by creating more educational, cultural, and social opportunities for underserved segments of his community. We are confident that justice will prevail and Stan can resume his normal life.”

Sidley released a statement last week that said the criminal case has nothing to do with Stallworth’s activities at the law firm. The firm said it understands that Stallworth intended to “vigorously contest these allegations” and he is on leave to devote his full attention to the matter.

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