577 Mulberry Street
Macon, Georgia 31201-5088
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation
Business and Corporate Law
Business Litigation Corporate Law
Wills and Estates
U.S. District Court Middle District of Georgia
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
Georgia Court of Appeals
Supreme Court of Georgia
University of Georgia School of Law, Athens, Georgia, 1977, J.D.
Honors: Cum Laude, Member, Phi Delta Phi, American Jurisprudence Award
Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia, 1974, B.S.
Georgia Bar Association, Member
Macon Bar Association, Member
William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court, Former Member
J. Steven Stewart
PARTNER | MACON
Steve 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, Steve 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). Steve also represents businesses and professional groups, including doctors, accountants, and engineers, in commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Steve 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, Steve 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, Steve 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, Steve 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.