Recognized by her peers as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" and/or "Leading Lawyer" for every year from 2007-2016, Ms. Stewart has built a successful litigation practice in the areas of ethics and professional liability, ARDC defense, and commercial litigation.
After graduating from Northwestern University's School of Law in 1994, Ms. Stewart served as a prosecutor at the ARDC where she investigated and litigated numerous attorney disciplinary cases. In 1999, she was promoted to Senior Counsel to the Administrator of the ARDC, a position she held until leaving the ARDC for private practice.
In 2002, she joined the law firm of prominent trial attorney Donald Hubert, where she was promoted to partner in 2005 and litigated a wide range of sophisticated matters. For example, she represented the City of Chicago in a high-profile police brutality case, was appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the Illinois Gaming Board and successfully defeated claims for injunctive relief sought by Emerald Casino, and obtained a favorable settlement for a private business in a lawsuit filed by the State's Attorney's Office alleging multiple violations of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act. At the Gloor Law Group, Ms. Stewart has represented numerous corporate clients in litigation matters, including Exelon Corporation, one of the nation's largest electric utilities.
Widely regarded as a top "lawyer's lawyer," Ms. Stewart has testified as an expert in legal ethics and regularly advises and represents governmental entities, corporations, law firms, and individual lawyers in ethics matters. For example, she has conducted internal ethics investigations, including "Himmel" investigations, for some of the largest law firms in Chicago. She also regularly represents attorneys before the ARDC and in 2009 won a directed finding for her client at trial before the ARDC Hearing Board. She won further dismissals for clients before the Hearing Board in 2013 and 2014. Ms. Stewart has also successfully represented applicants at all stages before the Illinois Board of Admission to the Bar. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in professional liability matters, recently obtaining a $3.5 million settlement in a case involving architectural negligence and a $500,000 settlement in a legal malpractice matter involving a divorce case.