Larry S. Stewart

Larry S. Stewart

Larry Stewart has over 50 years of experience as a trial lawyer, handling cases throughout Florida and many other states, such as California, Louisiana, Maryland, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas. His practice focuses on catastrophic injuries, particularly victims of defective products and medical malpractice.  Additionally, he has tried many other types of cases including libel, construction claims, commercial disputes and other non-personal injury cases.  Highlights of his career include over sixty verdicts or settlements of a million-dollars or more and many precedent-setting appellate opinions.

Larry Stewart is also nationally known as an advocate of consumer and individual rights.  He has testified before Congress and state legislatures on legal reform issues.  He has frequently appeared on radio and television shows.  His television appearances include all the major networks including shows such as CrossfireNightline and Hardball, as well as many local programs.  He has also been a frequent guest on both national and local talk-radio shows.

Larry Stewart is also a nationally recognized legal expert, having been named to academic conferences on topics such as automobile insurance, products liability and medical malpractice.  He has been selected for membership in the American Law Institute where he has served as a special consultant to its tort law projects.  He currently serves on the ALI Council and is a member of the Executive Committee.  He also serves on RAND Corporation’s Center for Catastrophic Risk Management and Compensation and preserved on the Board of Overseers for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice. Larry Stewart served for 10 years on the Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases.  Additionally, he has testified as an expert witness in legal malpractice and bad faith insurance cases.  He has also been a frequent lecturer at continuing education programs throughout the United States and has authored numerous professional articles.

As a result of his trial accomplishments, Larry Stewart has been selected for membership in all five of the leading national professional trial lawyer organizations:  The American College of Trial Lawyers, The American Board of Trial Advocates, The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers and The Inner Circle of Advocates. He is also listed in “Best Lawyers in America” and the “Who’s Who” series of publications and is certified by The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a civil trial advocate.

Larry Stewart served as the first President and CEO of Trial Lawyers Care, Inc, the national pro bono program for victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks.  In that capacity he oversaw the creation of and directed the largest pro bono program in history, delivering free legal services to thousands of victims and victim’s families.  The work of Trial Lawyers Care has been recognized with a 2001 Pro Bono award from the National Law Journal; the 2002 Associations Advance America Honor Roll Award from the American Society of Association Executives; a Distinguished Service Award from the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance For Military Personnel; and the 2002 Civil Justice Award from the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association.   Larry Stewart has been recognized for his work with Trial Lawyers Care by the The Florida Bar’s 2002 G. Kirk Hass Humanitarian Award.

Larry Stewart is also active in a number of professional organizations.  He has served as President of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) in 1994-95 and was on its Executive Committee for six years and its Board of Governors for 11 years.  Within ATLA, Stewart has served in a number of capacities ranging from CLE (National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees 1989 1993) to ethics (Ethical Conduct Committee 1988 1989 and Chair, Ethics Committee 1989 1990 where he lead the drafting and implementation of ATLA’s Code of Conduct) to Section and Litigation group organization and development (Chair Ad Hoc Committee on Section Roles 1989 1990 and Co-Chair Section and Litigation Group Coordinating Council 1992 1993).  He has also served as chair of ATLA Pac, Co-Chair of the ATLA Endowment, Co-Chair of the ATLA List Committee and Co-Chair of the Public Affairs Committee.

In 1999-2001, Larry Stewart served as President of the Roscoe Pound Institute, where he lead the reorganization of the Institute into an academic think tank for civil justice issues.  He is also a Lifetime Fellow of the Institute.

Larry Stewart is an active member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers (AFTL) and served as its President in 1978-79 and on the Board of Directors for 21 years.  Additionally, he has been active in The Florida Bar and is a former chair of its Trial Lawyers Section and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Larry Stewart has been recognized on numerous occasions for his professional activities and accomplishments.  He has received the highest award given by the Association of Trial Lawyers of American, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and FLABOTA: in 2002 he received the ATLA Champion of Justice award; in 1995 he received the AFTL Perry Nichols Award and in 1993 he received the FLABOTA Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year award.  In addition he received the AFTL President’s Award in 1980 and the AFTL A. J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award in 1992.  In 1994 he received the ATLA New Lawyers Section Joe Tonahill award.  And in 1983 and 1989, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice selected him for honorable mention as Trial Lawyer of the Year.

Larry Stewart attended the University of Florida for both undergraduate and law school. In undergraduate school he was active in student government and Florida Blue Key. He graduated from law school with honors and as the number one graduate in his class.  Law school honors included Order of the Coif, Law Review and Moot Court.

Areas of Practice:

  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Aviation
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Contracts
  • Health & Health Care Law
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Medical Malpractice Law
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents — Plaintiff
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury — Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Toxic Torts

 

Litigation Percentage:

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

 

Certification/Specialties:

  • Civil Trial Advocacy, The Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1983
  • Bar Admissions:
  • Florida, 1963
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida, 1963
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1963

 

Education:

University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, 1963, J.D., With Honors

  • Order of the Coif
  • University of Florida Moot Court Team
  • Florida Bar Moot Court Competition, Best Brief 1963
  • John Marshall Student Bar Association, President
  • American Law Students Association, Vice President Fifth Circuit
  • Alumnus Profile, Univ. of Florida Lawyer, Spring 1995
  • Law Review: University of Florida Law Review, Executive Editor

 

University of Florida, B.A., 1960

Published Works:

“The Case of the Pre-Natal Injury”, 15 Univ. F. L. Rev. 527, 1962

“The Duty of Obtaining Medical Consent”, Florida Bar Journal, Oct., Vol. 48, No. 8, p. 614, 1974

“Do We Really Want A Managed Bar”, Florida Bar Journal, February, Vol. L, No. 2, 1976

Chapter “General Principles”, Florida Civil Practice Damage, Published by the Florida Bar 1968; revised for Second Edition, 1980

Chapter “Pre-Trial Conferences”, Florida Civil Practice Before Trial, Published by the Florida Bar, 1969; revised for 1975, 1983 and 1993 editions

“The Winning Edge–The Opening Statement”, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Vol. 7 No. 4, Winter 1985/85

“Second Opinion-Our Judges Are Not Destroying the Tort System”, Florida Bar Journal, Vol. LX, No.4, pg. 24, April, 1986

“Exposing The Hoax – Time to Call A Halt to ‘Tort Reform'”, Trial Magazine, July, 1986

“In Search of Gold – The Odyssey of Trend v. Honeywell”, Trial Diplomacy Journal, Winter 1987/88

“Advertising: The Need for a Strong ATLA Policy”, ATLA Advocate, Vol. 15, No. 6, July, 1989

“Arguing Pain and Suffering Damages in Summation”, Trial Magazine, March, 1992

“Dealing With The Longevity Defense”, 8 ATLA Professional Negligence Rep. No. 1, Feb., 1993

“Medical Incompetence: Great Hidden Secret”, Trial Magazine, May, 1993

“Toward 2000″, Trial Lawyer, Vol. 6, Issue 4, July, 1993

“The Facts About Jury Awards”, Trial Magazine, May, 1994

“Plaintiffs’ Bar Questions Products Liability Proposal”,  The National Law Journal, Aug. 1, 1994

“Damage Caps Will Hurt Injured Consumers”, The Washington Times, Insight Magazine, Nov. 7, 1994

“Protect Americans, Not Unsafe Products”, National Debate, December, p. 40, 1994

“ADR Is No Solution for Injured Consumers”, Jour. of Mass. Academy of Trial Attorneys, Vol. 2, No. 3, p.29 Jan., 1995

“An Interview With Larry S. Stewart”, ACCA Docket, Vol. 13, No. 2, p.28, March/April, 1995

“Damage Allocation Laws Pose Threat to Fairness”, The National Law Journal, July 24, 1995

Remarks, “Improving Judicial Oversight of Jury Damages Assessments”, Vol. 80, No. 5, Iowa L. Rev. p. 1265, July, 1995

Opening Statements: “The Missing Treasure: Who’s Responsible”, Trial Magazine, March, 1996

President’s Pages, Trial Magazine, August 1994 through July 1995

“The Impact in Your Next Trial of Tort Reform in the Congress, State Legislatures, and the Courts”, Forum, Vol. 26, No. 4, p.24, May, 1996

“Why I Became a Trial Lawyer: The Real Reward”, Trial Magazine, July, 1996

“The ALI’s Proposed Restatement – How Will It Affect Your Practice? – An Interview With Larry S. Stewart, ATLA Law Reptr., Vol 15, No. 8, October, 1996

“Timmy Tumble v. Cascade Bicycle Co.: A Hypothetical Case Under the Restatement (Third) Standard for Design Defect”, 30 U. Mich. J. L. Reform 511, 1997

“Roundtable on Products Liability Litigation”, Trial Magazine, November, 1997

“A Manifectly Unreasonable Design: The Habush Amendment — An Exception to Proof of a Reasonable Alternative Design”, Vol. VIII, No. 1 Kansas J. of Law & Public Policy 78, 1998

“Keys to Success”, Trial Magazine, July, 1998

“Phase Two of the ALI’s Tort’s Project: Apportionment of Liability”, Trial Magazine, August, 1998

“A New Frontier”, Trial Magazine, November, 1998

“The Duty to Warn – A Matter of Reasonableness, Not Arbitrariness”, Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 73, No. 4 p. 55, April, 1999

Trial Lawyers Care “Attorney Handbook”, Trial Lawyers Care 2001; Revised Edition 2002, Supplements 2002-2003

“The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, Past or Prologue?”, 9 Conn. Ins. L. J. 154, 2003

“Courts Overrule ALI ‘Consensus’ On Products”, Trial Magazine, November, 2003

“Constitutional Requirements For Punitive Damages–Reality, Not Hyperbole—The Real Import of State Farm v. Campbell, The Florida Bar Journal, March 2004, p. 34.

“No Victim Left Behind – Attorneys of Mercy”, Trial Magazine, July 2004, p.67.

“Psychiatric-Legal Considerations In Providing Mental Health Assistance to Disaster Survivors”, (with Dr. Stuart Kleinman), 27 Psychiatric Clinics of North America  559 (2004).

“Twists at Trial – A Case of Devine Intervention”, Trial Magazine, September 2007, p. 58.

“Reaffirming Strict Liability For Product Design Cases”, Trial Magazine, November 2008, p. 26.

“Strict Liability For Product Defective Design, The Quest for a Well-Ordered Regime”, 74 Brooklyn L. Rev. 1039 (2009).

“A “Top Ten” of New Tort Tools from The New Restatement for Physical and Emotional Harm,” (with Michael D. Green), Trial Magazine, April 2010, p. 44.

“The Rebirth of the Florida Standard Civil Jury Instructions”, The Florida Bar Journal, May 2010, p. 13.

“Clarification on the Duty to Exercise Care,” 37 William Mitchell L. R. 1492 (Vol. 37, 2010).

Book Review: “The Preparation of a Product Liability Case”, Baldwin, Hare and McGovern, Little Brown and Company (1981)

Book Review: “Moral Vision and Professional Decisions”, Rand Jack and Dana Jack, Cambridge Univ. Press (1989), Trial Magazine, December, 1990

Book Review: “The Law of Lawyering: A Handbook on the Model Rules of Professional Conduct”, 2d Ed., Hazard and Hodes, Prentice Hall Law & Business (1990) Trial Magazine, April, 1991

Book Review: “The Litigation Explosion”, Walter Olson, Truman Talley Books (1991), Trial Magazine, August, 1994

Book Review: “Anatomy of Cross-Examination”, Leonard E. Davies, Prentice Hall Law & Business (1994), Trial Magazine, August, 1994

Book Review: “Medical Malpractice and the American Jury: Confronting the Myths About Jury Incompetence, Deep Pockets, and Outrageous Awards”, Neil Vidmar, University of Michigan, Trial Magazine, November, 1995

Book Review: “Integrity”, Stephen L. Carter, Basic Books, Trial Magazine, July, 1996

Book Review: “No Contest”, Ralph Nader and Wesley J. Smith, Random House (1996), Trial Magazine, January, 1997

Dorsey v. Honda Motor Co., Ltd., M. BELLI, MODERN TRIALS, 2nd Ed, 1982

Tietig v. Chris-Craft Corp, M. BELLI, MODERN TRIALS, 2nd Ed, 1982

Weiner v. Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Centerpiece 29 ATLA L. Rep. 408, Nov., 1986

Placker v. Peoples Gas System, Centerpiece 31 ATLA L. Rep. 408, Nov., 1988

Trend Coin Co. v. Honeywell, Inc., Opening Statements: Good Beginnings@, Trial Magazine, Mar., 1996

Honors and Awards:

ABA TIPS 2007 Pursuit of Justice Award

The Florida Bar, 2002 G. Kirk Haas Humanitarian Award

Association of Trial Lawyers of America:
2002 Champion of Justice Award
New Lawyers Division, 1994 Joe Tonahill Award
Wiedmann Wysocki Citationof Excellence, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003, 2004American Board of Trial Advocates, Florida Federation of Chapter (FLABOTA)
Special President’s Award
Florida Trial Lawyer of the Year, 1993

Academy of Florida Trial Lawyer:
Perry Nicols Award
Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award, 1992
President’s Award 1980

ATLA-NJ Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, 2004Florida Lawyers Action Group, Crystal Eagle Award, 1994Dade County Bar Association, 1995 Special Service Award

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice:
Trial Lawyers of the Year Honorable Mention 1983
Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist 1989

Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, Inc.

Lawdragon, 500 Leading Litigators in America

Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite

South Florida Legal Guide, Top Attorney

Florida Monthly, Florida’s Top Lawyers

Florida Super Lawyers, Law & Politics, The Top 100

Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite

Melvin M. Belli Society, Outstanding Achievement Award 1994-1995

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, President, 1994 – 1995
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Executive Committee, 1990 – 1996; 2001 – 2002
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Board of Governors, 1983 – 1994
  • ATLA PAC Chair, 1997 – 1999
  • ATLA Endowment Co-Chair, 1998 – 2000
  • ATLA List Committee Co-Chair, 1997
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Public Affairs Committee Co-Chair, 1993 – 1994
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Medical Malpractice Task Force, 1992 – 1994; Co-Chair 1993 – 1994
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Ethical Conduct Committee, 1989 – 1993; Chair 1989 -1990
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Ethics Committee Chair, 1988 – 1989
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Reorganization Committee Chair, 1988 – 1989
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Ad Hoc Committee on Section Roles Chair, 1989 – 1990
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Section and Litigation Group Coordinating Council Co-Chair, 1992 – 1993
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Organizational Review Committee Co-Chair, 1991 – 1992
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National College of Advocacy Board of Trustees, 1989 – 1993
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Committee to Investigate DuPont Plaza Hotel Fire, 1987 – 1988
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, M Club Member, 1984 – to date
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Birth Trauma Litigation GroupExecutive Committee, 1990 – 1993
  • Trial Lawyers Care, Inc. President 2001 – 2002; Board of Directors 2001 – to date
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation, Lifetime Fellow; President 1999 – 2001; Vice-President, 1997 – 1999; Trustee, 1993 – 1997; State Court Judges Forum, 1998; Chair of Court Funding Roundtable, 1993; Contributor and Moderator Pound/ Yale State Court Judges Forum, 1992
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, President 1978 – 1979; Secretary 1972 – 1994
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1972 – 1994
  • Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers
  • Govering Council Amendment 10 Campaign
  • The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers Section Chair, 1975 – 1976
  • The Florida Bar, 1984 – 1986
  • Civil Trial Certification Committee Chair
  • The Florida Bar, Continuing Legal Education Committee Chair, 1972 – 1974
  • The Florida Bar, Rules Committee Vice-Chair, 1971 – 1973
  • The Florida Bar, Basic Trial Advocacy Course Development Chair, 1974 – 1975
  • The Florida Bar, Young Lawyers Section, Treasure 1970- 1971; Board of Governors, 1967 – 1973
  • Dade County Trial Lawyers Association; Founding Member
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, 1987 – Present

 

Fellow

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate 1988 to date
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1985 – Present

 

Sustaining Member

  • Public Citizen, 1984 – Present
  • The American Law Institute, 1993 – Present
  • The American Law Institute, Torts: Product Liability, Members Consultative Group, 1993 – Present
  • The American Law Institute, Torts: General Principles; Advisor, 1993 – Present
  • The American Law Institute, Torts: Apportionment of Liability; Advisor, 1993 – Present
  • The American Law Institute, Restitution and Unjust Enrichment; Members Consultative Group, 1993 – Present
  • The Institute for Civil Justice at Rand, Board of Overseers, 1999 – Present
  • Civil Justice Foundation, Champion, 1986 – Present
  • Florida Legislature, Motor Vehicle Insurance Task Force, 1989 – 1990

 

Member

  • Advisory Panel University of Iowa Damages Study, 1993
  • CPR Commission on Ethics and Standards of Dispute Resolution Practice, 1995
  • University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform Products Liability Symposium, 1996
  • University of Kansas Law and Organizational Economics Center, Symposium, 1998
  • University of Connecticut School of Law, Liability and Insurance After September 11th, March 2002
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 1989 to date
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1989 – 1995
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Chair Membership Committee, 1991 – 1993
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Vice-Chair Administration of Justice Committee 1990
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Chair Site Committee 1989, 1993, 1999
  • International Society of Barristers, 1992 – to date
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 1982 to date

 

Birth Information: 1939


 



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