Jesse C. Stewart

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Jesse Stewart brings a fresh perspective and energy to his work. As a new addition to the litigation section, Jesse quickly immersed himself in many of the firm’s challenging projects, including representing a class of investors in a multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme and writing an amicus brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on behalf of nationally-renowned law professors.  Although his docket consists primarily of securities litigation and commercial disputes, Jesse finds balance by fighting for the rights of indigent criminal defendants.

Prior to joining Fishman Haygood, Jesse clerked for the Honorable Beverly B. Martin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and for the Honorable Brian A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

Jesse earned his law degree at the University of Virginia, where he served on the Virginia Law Review and was awarded the Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prize.  He founded and directed the School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break pro bono program.

Before law school, Jesse worked at the New York City Council Education Committee, and taught first grade in Newark, New Jersey through the Teach For America program.

 

Education

  • J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, 2011
    • Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review
  • M.A. in History from the University of Virginia, 2011
  • B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from St. Olaf College, 2003

Clerkship

  • Clerk to the Honorable Brian A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 2013-2014
  • Clerk to the Honorable Beverly B. Martin of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2012-2013

Publications / Presentations

  • The Untold Story of Rhode Island v. Innis, 97 VA. L. REV. 431 (2011)

Representative Matters

  • Represented a mental health care provider in successful challenge to discriminatory zoning ordinance enacted to prevent expansion of existing facilities.
  • Currently representing a class of investors alleging securities violations and fraud against five banks for their respective roles in the $7 billion R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.
  • Currently representing an energy-transport startup company against Cargill, Inc. and Cargill’s local affiliate, asserting breach of contract and tortious interference with a contract following collapse of a transportation facilities project valued at $1 billion.
  • Currently representing a real estate developer against Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, LLC, a subsidiary of BB&T Bank, asserting claims arising from a $32 million HUD-insured financing to construct an apartment complex in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Currently representing indigent criminal defendant in state post-conviction proceedings, asserting that state prosecutors unconstitutionally suppressed evidence of racial bias and actual innocence at defendant’s 1975 jury trial.