AREAS OF PRACTICE


 


COMMERCIAL & CIVIL LITIGATION

The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC handles a variety of commercial and civil litigation matters including breach of contract actions, collections, and actions involving business torts.  The firm strives to obtain the best results possible by gaining an understanding of each client, its legal and financial structure, and its philosophy and goals.  With this understanding, advice is rendered as to the risks and benefits associated with the options available, from pre-litigation work-out, through Alternative Dispute Resolution and trial.  The firm attempts to give each client a thorough understanding of the potential impact of the various options so that the firm and the client can collaborate to obtain the best result possible.


 

GENERAL BUSINESS LAW

The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC can advise business clients on most issues that arise, including entity choice and formation, lease review and negotiation, contract and business disputes, and financial work-outs.  The firm has a particular interest in small, start-up companies and can provide flat fee pricing for creation of your new business entity.


 

BANKRUPTCY

The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC represents debtors and creditors in all phases of bankruptcy proceedings.  Dawn C. Stewart was a law clerk to a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge in 1987 and 1988.  Bankruptcy has consistently been a significant part of Ms. Stewart's practice since the completion of that clerkship.

The Firm's services for debtors include pre-bankruptcy counseling to assess all available options and provide clients with a complete picture before deciding whether to file; when appropriate, pre-bankruptcy work-outs with creditors; and, the filing of both individual and business bankruptcy petitions.

The Firm handles creditors' claims from their pre-bankruptcy inception through the completion of bankruptcy.  Creditors are provided with ample information and recommendations to assist in deciding how agressively to pursue a claim in light of the debtor's financial posture, the costs associated with any pursuit, and other practical implications.  The Firm is prepared to aggressively pursue a claim when warranted.


 

SURETY AND FIDELITY LAW

The Stewart Law Firm, PLLC handles:

  • Payment Bond Claims
  • Performance Bond Claims
  • Miscellaneous Bond Claims
  • Salvage (from indemnity to accountant negligence and successor liability)
  • Bankruptcy (from proof of claims to adversary proceedings) 
  • Takeovers
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution 
  • Coverage Analysis (under the bond and under other available policies)

Dawn C. Stewart is a member of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee ("FSLC") of the Trial Tort and Insurance Practice Section ("TIPS") of the ABA; and the National Association of Subrogation Professionals.  She is also a Vice Chair of the FSLC and as written articles for both the NBCA, FSLC, and TIPS.