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Larry S. Stewart

Larry S. Stewart
Status: Emeritus

824 W. Indiantown Rd.
Jupiter, FL 33458
(305) 799-0163

After 53 years, Larry Stewart retired from the active practice of law in 2016. For the last 33 years of his practice he was the senior partner at Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain. During his career Stewart was recognized as one of the leading plaintiff lawyers in the nation, having been selected for membership in all five of the leading trial lawyer associations: the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the Inner Circle of Advocates. As a trial lawyer, Stewart pioneered new trial techniques and received a number of precedent setting results, including many million dollar plus results. While he tried some of the biggest cases of his era, what he liked best was being in a courtroom in front of a jury seeking justice for ordinary people. His proudest moment as a trial lawyer was when, following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he founded and served as president of Trial Lawyers Care, which provided free legal services to over 1,700 victims of those attacks, recovering over $2.2 billion for them.

Stewart was also a leader in the profession, having served as president of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Justice Association, the Pound Civil Justice Institute and in many other leadership roles. In 1994-95 Stewart led the fight against national tort reform, preventing the Contract for America and other tort reform measures from being enacted. During his career, Stewart received many professional awards including the ATLA Champion of Justice Award, the Florida Justice Association's Perry Nichols Award, a FLABOTA Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year award and an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Melvin Belli Society. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America and was a member of the inaugural class of Lawdragons Hall of Fame.

Stewart is also a noted legal expert in tort and consumer law. He has authored over 40 articles and book chapters, given hundreds of CLE lecturers throughout the nation and served on a number of academic task forces. He was appointed to the RAND Corporations Civil Justice Institute and its Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation and the Florida Supreme Court tapped him to develop its lawyer certification plan and to serve on its Standard Jury Instruction Committee. And in 1993 Stewart was elected to the American Law Institute, where he continues to contribute to the Institute's tort and consumer law projects helping to shape the law for decades to come. Most recently he authored Chasing Justice, a history of the first 50 years of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, which is due out in the spring of 2022.
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