Jesse C. Stewart
Jesse Stewart is an attorney in our litigation section.
Jesse’s reputation for zealous representation is well-deserved. His practice consists of commercial, securities, and environmental litigation, balanced by court-appointed criminal defense matters. He handles cases from start to finish, and has served as lead trial and appellate counsel in federal and state court. Recent victories include obtaining statutory damages, a permanent injunction, and attorney’s fees on behalf of a family-owned business in a federal copyright infringement case, and obtaining reversal of an order denying sentencing relief on behalf of a defendant in a federal wire fraud case.
Jesse is a skilled writer and contributes to many of the firm’s challenging projects, including representing multiple Louisiana landowners in land-loss litigation against oil and gas pipeline companies, and various Louisiana healthcare companies in product-liability and unfair trade practices litigation against Merge Healthcare Solutions, a subsidiary of IBM. His commitment to providing pro bono services and expanding legal representation for the broader Louisiana community is genuine and substantial, earning him a nomination for the Louisiana Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Pro Bono Award in 2018.
Outside his practice, Jesse teaches First Amendment and media law at Tulane University. He is a published author, with articles appearing in the PIABA Bar Journal (False Conflicts: A 50-State Survey of Blue Sky Laws, forthcoming 2019), and the Virginia Law Review (The Untold Story of Rhode Island v. Innis, 97 VA. L. REV. 431 (2011)). He volunteers time as Secretary of the Choice Foundation, the governing board of three public charter schools in New Orleans. He rides in the Irish Channel Parade, and on Sundays you’ll find him playing soccer for his pub team at Lafreniere Park.
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 was a Law and Public Service scholar and served on the Virginia Law Review and the Virginia Journal of Criminal Law. At UVA, Jesse founded and directed the School of Law’s Alternative Spring Break pro bono program, partnering hundreds of law student volunteers with government and non-profit legal services providers, including the Orleans Public Defenders. When he graduated law school, Jesse was awarded the Herbert L. Kramer/Herbert Bangel Community Service Award (presented to the student who has contributed the most to the law school community) and the Mary Claiborne and Roy H. Ritter Prize (presented to students exemplifying the qualities of honor, character and integrity).
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.
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
- 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)
- Represented a mental health care provider in successful challenge to discriminatory zoning ordinance enacted to prevent expansion of existing facilities.
- 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.