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John M. Stewart, President of The Florida Bar, 2019-2020

John M. Stewart is the president of The Florida Bar for 2019-20. He was sworn in as the 71st president of The Florida Bar at the Annual Convention in June. Stewart is a past president of the Bar’s Young Lawyers Division and has served as the 19th Circuit representative on the Bar’s Board of Governors for 11 years.

A third-generation Florida lawyer, Stewart is a partner at Rossway Swan Tierney Barry Lacey & Oliver, P.L., and focuses on alternative dispute resolution and litigation, primarily in the areas of probate, real estate and contract disputes.

Stewart earned a B.A. in public policy from the College of William & Mary in 1992 and received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law in 1997. He served on the Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors of The Florida Bar representing the 19th Judicial Circuit and was elected its President for 2006-2007.

In 2016, Stewart was selected as one of the Fastcase 50, honoring the law’s “smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries and leaders.” Stewart is a regular speaker on technology and the law, including at the 2016 and 2017 ABA TECHSHOWS. In 2018, he received the Judge Walter S. Crumbly Award presented by The Florida Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Section for his outstanding contributions in the area of practice management.

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