Mr. Stewart engages in a general bankruptcy and corporate reorganization practice in the Southern, Middle, and Northern Districts of Alabama. While he more customarily represents creditor interests, he has also undertaken the representation of corporate debtors in both Chapter 11 cases and nonbankruptcy workouts and the representation of consumer debtors in bankruptcy court class actions challenging post-petition creditor misconduct. Mr. Stewart has been bankruptcy counsel for the plaintiff classes in a number of seminal cases that established the jurisdiction of the bankruptcy court over debtor class actions, including In re Noletto, 244 B.R. 845 (Bkrtcy. S.D. Ala. 2001) and Bank United v. Manley, 273 B.R. 229 (N.D. Ala. 2002).
Mr. Stewart is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Section of Bankruptcy and Commercial Law of the Alabama Bar and mediates bankruptcy cases as a member of the Panel of Neutrals for the Southern District of Alabama. He has spoken on bankruptcy topics in seminars sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute, the Alabama Bar Institute For Continuing Legal Education, Cumberland Law School, the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Alabama State Bar, and the Mobile Bar Association. Mr. Stewart has been listed in the Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law Section of the The Best Lawyers in America since 1991. He has also been named by Super Lawyers magazine as a top attorney in Alabama and is listed by Best Lawyers’ as their 2011 “Mobile Banking Lawyer of the Year”, their 2014 “Mobile Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Lawyer of the Year” and their 2016 “Mobile Municipal Law Lawyer of the Year.” Mr. Stewart was also selected as a “Leader in His Field” by Chambers USA in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
In addition to serving as City Attorney for the City of Gulf Shores, Alabama and Attorney for the Utilities Board of the City of Gulf Shores, Mr. Stewart has also acted as special litigation counsel to the City of Orange Beach, Alabama and the City of Prattville, Alabama, and has served as special counsel to the City of Mobile’s Annexation Task Force. In 1999, Mr. Stewart drafted the Alabama Coastal Municipality Beach Restoration Act which has served as the basis for the beach restoration projects undertaken by the Cities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. In addition to advising governmental sector clients, he also represents private sector clients in the areas of zoning and land use planning issues. Mr. Stewart is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Section of State and Local Government Law of the American Bar Association, and the Alabama Association of Municipal Attorneys and is listed in the Municipal Law Section and the Land Use and Zoning Law Section of The Best Lawyers in America.