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Stewart to address annual 50-year member luncheon at Annual Convention

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William J. Stewart, Jr., and John StewartWilliam J. Stewart, Jr., father of current Bar President John M. Stewart, will be the featured speaker at the annual 50-Year Member and Senior Counselor Luncheon at the Bar’s Annual Convention in Orlando.

The luncheon is set for Friday, June 19, at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort.

Stewart, a member of this year’s 50-year class, has a long record of service to the legal profession, beginning with his term as a law clerk for William O. Mehrtens, a former district court judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. After building a small, boutique law firm in Vero Beach for 37 years, Stewart joined the firm of Rossway Swan in 2016 where he currently serves as “of counsel.” His practice concentrates on residential and commercial real property transactions and financing, estate planning and probate and trust administration, and the representation of not for profit entities. He is a board certified specialist in real estate. Stewart also serves on the board of directors for the Indian River Real Property Council and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation. He is a member of the VNA & Hospice Foundation board and received the Pinnacle Award in 2013 for excellence in charitable planning and the VNA & Hospice Foundation’s Chairman’s Award in 2016.

Both 50-year members of The Florida Bar and senior counselors will be recognized at the luncheon. The senior counselors program recognizes current active and inactive Florida Bar members who have practiced law for 50 years or more and have not previously been recognized by The Florida Bar for this accomplishment.

This year, all 50-year honorees are encouraged to submit “then and now” photos and brief messages for the luncheon’s Voices of Experience slide presentation. Messages may include personal reflections, advice to young lawyers, or lessons learned during a 50-year career in the law. Submit your photos and brief quotes (50 words or less) to Cheri Wright, program administrator for the Senior Lawyers Committee, at [email protected] no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, May 15.

Florida Bar members admitted in 1970 who did not receive their invitation letters or who want more information about the luncheon should also contact Wright at the above listed email address.

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