Stewart practices in the areas of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization, commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime law, marine finance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate, and oil and gas lien law.
Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations; Turnaround Management Association.
Stewart has been practicing law in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region for more than 38 years. He is a 1974 graduate of Kenyon College, magna cum laude, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated top in his class in 1977 from Tulane Law School where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Tulane Law Review.
Stewart has been lead trial and appellate counsel in over 60 reported cases in the federal and state courts. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana Super Lawyers, and Chambers USA. He has participated in oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 13 times, as well as other state and federal appellate courts. He has acted as debtor’s lead counsel or creditors’ counsel in a number of Chapter 11 bankruptcies involving companies operating in and outside of the Gulf Coast region. These cases include a number of relatively large reorganizations: Torch Offshore, Inc., Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., Gulf Fleet Holdings, Inc., Trico Marine Services, Inc., Force Energy, Inc., and Borders Group, Inc. Stewart has also handled significant marine finance transactions, as well as substantial mergers and acquisitions.
“Navigating the Murky Waters of Admiralty and Bankruptcy Law,” 87 Tul. L. Rev. 955, June 2013; “Involuntary Bankruptcy and Other Ways to Collect Money Owed Your Client,” 18th Annual Bankruptcy Seminar, Louisiana State University School of Law, October 2012; “The ‘B’ Word: Bankruptcy Primer for Offshore Marine Services Companies,“ Offshore Marine Service Association Law Seminar, November 2009; “Recent Developments in Bankruptcy: An Analysis of Bankruptcy Issues in 2008,” December 2008; “Chapter 11: Dangers, Defenses, and Strategies for Creditors,” April 2003; “Bankruptcy: A Creditor’s Perspective in Louisiana,” April 2002.