J. STEVEN STEWART

Partner, Macon
577 Mulberry Street
Suite 1500
Macon, Georgia 31201-5088
AREAS OF PRACTICEPersonal Injury and Wrongful Death LitigationGeneral LitigationBusiness and Corporate LawInsurance DefenseRailroad DefenseAutomobile AccidentsBusiness Litigation Corporate LawWills and Estates BAR ADMISSIONSGeorgia, 1977U.S. District Court Middle District of GeorgiaU.S. District Court Northern District of GeorgiaU.S. Court of Federal ClaimsU.S. Court of Appeals 5th CircuitU.S. Court of Appeals 11th CircuitGeorgia Court of AppealsSupreme Court of Georgia EDUCATIONUniversity of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia, 1977, J.D.Honors: Cum Laude, Member, Phi Delta Phi, American Jurisprudence AwardGeorgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1974, B.S. PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPSGeorgia Bar Association, MemberMacon Bar Association, MemberWilliam Augustus Bootle Inn of Court, Former Member
Steve Stewart has practiced with Hall, Bloch, Garland & Meyer, LLP since graduation from Georgia Law School in 1977. His practice areas include personal injury litigation, business and general litigation, general business law, contracts, insurance disputes, and wills and estate administration.

For many years, Stewart has devoted a significant portion of his time to the representation of Norfolk Southern Corporation and its operating subsidiaries, as well as other railroad companies, in crossing accident cases, employee injury claims and a variety of other matters. He is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (NARTC). Stewart also represents businesses and professional groups, including doctors, accountants and engineers, in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Stewart handled the trial and appeal in Evans Timber Company, Inc. v. Central of Georgia Railroad Company, 236 Ga. App. 262 (1999) where the Court of Appeals of Georgia, held that railroads are not responsible for the erection of automatic signal devices at public grade crossings because Georgia statutory law vests such decisions exclusively in governmental agencies. The decision overruled longstanding common law to the contrary.

After attending Vanderbilt University for two years, Stewart graduated from Georgia Tech in 1974 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management. He served as president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Gamma Sigma. In 1977, Stewart received his Juris Doctor degree cum laude from the University of Georgia School of Law where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi. A native of Macon, Stewart attended Stratford Academy and was Salutatorian of the graduating class of 1970.

He is a member of the Georgia Bar Association and the Macon Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, the United States Court of Claims, the United States District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts and all state courts. He has spoken at local, state and national CLE seminars. Community and charitable involvement include Christ Episcopal Church as member of the Vestry and Senior Warden; Stratford Academy Board of Trustees; Idle Hour Country Club Board of Directors and President; Vine Ingle Little League board member and manager/coach; Children's Hospital Board; Med Cen Foundation - Calloway Society Board; president of Macon Area Georgia Tech Club; president of The Bons Hommes; and member of the Macon Civic Club.