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Mental Health and Wellness for Litigators

Speaker(s): Cameron G. Stout, Gordon C. Young, Joseph Milowic III
Recorded on: Aug. 17, 2020
PLI Program #: 308157

Cameron Stout is a nationally known financial services defense litigator and mediator.  In early 2013, his personal and professional lives were derailed by a major depressive episode that required that he be hospitalized. Therapies including medication, the love of family and friends and hard work helped Cam fight his way out of the abyss of clinical depression.

Cam has now shared his story of hope and resilient recovery close to 120 times over the last six years in-person and via webinars to audiences at law firms, Fortune 100 corporations, universities including Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, and Cornell, and at a number of high schools.

Cam graduated in 1980 from Princeton University, where he was a member of the varsity tennis team. Cam  lives in Princeton New Jersey, is a cyclist and tennis player, and is the proud father of two adult children.



Gordon Young is one of the founding partners of Barr & Young Attorneys.  Gordon is a 28-year litigator who oversees all firm trials, arbitrations, and pretrial litigation.  Gordon tries and arbitrates cases for Fortune 500 companies, banks, trustees, beneficiaries, RIAs, and individual investors. These cases include civil, probate and regulatory claims based on breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, fraud, suitability, mismanagement of mutual funds and managed accounts, the prudent investor rule, as well as trade secret, unfair competition and related employment claims.

Gordon has been selected by his peers as Northern California SuperLawyer every year since 2007 for his work in securities litigation, ten times by Best Lawyers for his work in products liability litigation, and he has been peer rated AV Preeminent (the highest rating possible) by Martindale Hubble for 18 years. Gordon has successfully handled hundreds of cases and tried or arbitrated more than 75 cases to conclusion. 

Before forming Barr & Young with his longtime friend Loren Barr, Gordon spent more than two decades practicing with an international law firm in San Francisco. He was a partner/shareholder for thirteen years, and oversaw attorney hiring and associate supervision for the San Francisco office.

Gordon graduated from St. Mary’s College in 1988 where he served as student body vice president and played four years of collegiate rugby. He graduated in December 1991 from the University of San Francisco School of Law. While at USF, Gordon was chosen by a panel of judges that included former California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, former Ninth Circuit Judge Cecil F. Poole, and former Chief Judge of the USDC for the Northern District of California Vaughn R. Walker as the winner of the school-wide moot court Advocate of the Year competition.

Joe is a leader in the attorney mental health and well-being movement. He created a non-profit called the Lawyers Depression Project (LDP)  which provides online support group meetings and a confidential web forum for legal professionals (not just lawyers). If you know anyone who could use support, please share the link above. Our services are all free.

He serves on the Advisory Board of the American Lawyer’s Minds over Matters initiative, and was appointed to the New York Court’s Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities.

As a trial lawyer at Quinn Emanuel, Joe’s focus is identifying creative solutions to resolve disputes involving intellectual property - trade secrets and patents - for companies as big as Google and Samsung and as small as start-ups and individuals, so that they can focus on their missions and not litigation.