Vero Beach attorney John M. Stewart will be sworn in as the 71st president of The Florida Bar at its Annual Convention being held June 26-29 in Boca Raton. He will assume the Bar’s presidency at the General Assembly on Friday, June 28. Miami attorney Dori Foster-Morales will be sworn in as president-elect.

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 sees several challenges facing the Bar including technology’s impact on the delivery of legal services and plans to focus his year as president on addressing the profession’s continued evolution in today’s technological landscape.

He believes conversations with other legal industry professionals and technology service providers are needed to enhance the provision of legal services and the practice of law while preserving the profession’s traditional core values.

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.

Stewart currently serves on The Florida Bar’s Executive Committee and chairs the Bar’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Special Committee on Technology Affecting the Practice of Law.

He has served on various other committees including The Florida Board of Governors Communications, Program Evaluation and Strategic Planning committees; the Special Committee on Gender Bias and Diversity in the Profession; the Voluntary Bar Liaison Committee; and the Technology Committee. Stewart was chair of the Technology Subcommittee for The Florida Bar’s three-year study on the future of the practice of law.

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.

With more than 107,000 members, The Florida Bar is one of the largest unified bars in the nation. It is charged by the Florida Supreme Court with regulating the practice of law in the state, as well as promoting the administration of justice.

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