Gerald Bernard Stewart, Esq. was born in Jacksonville, Florida on November 4, 1954, the sixth of seven children born to Willie and Maude Stewart. After graduating from high school in 1972, Stewart was admitted to the University of Florida as a part of the Equal Opportunity Program. White there, he majored in history and spent 16 weeks studying in Oxford, Mississippi on a Council on Legal Education Opportunity scholarship.
In 1976, Stewart was accepted to the University of Florida College of Law and graduated with the Juris Doctor degree in 1979. Thereafter, he took and passed the Florida bar exam and was admitted to practice in October of 1979. Following graduation, Stewart worked with the State Attorney’s Office and went into private practice in 1985, forming the Law Offices of Gerald B. Stewart, where he currently works in the areas of bankruptcy, probate and guardianship. Stewart attributes much of his professional success in his two mentors, Ernest Jackson and the late William Roberts, who are also “Florida’s First.”
Mr. Stewart is married to Betty Stewart, and they have two children, Sabrina and Melanie. He is also an elder at the Chaffee Road Church of Christ. He advises young lawyers to ask questions; seek advice from older lawyers: treat opposing counsel with respect, and when appropriate, kindness, and family, never forget to spend time with family.