Mr. Stewart is the Managing Partner of Stewart and Stewart, having joined his father and founder, Eugene L. Stewart, upon graduation from law school in 1979. Mr. Stewart’s practice focuses on international trade matters, notably:
- trade remedies (including antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard and China-specific safeguard actions) in the U.S. and (with local counsel) abroad;
- protection of trading rights within bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral fora (e.g., NAFTA, US-Korea, World Trade Organization (“WTO”) dispute settlement);
- customs law (classification, valuation, compliance programs);
- litigation (whether domestic (at the U.S. Court of International Trade, U,S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. Supreme Court; other federal courts) and dispute settlement proceedings for trade agreements (WTO, NAFTA, other FTAs);
- negotiations (WTO, FTAs (e.g., Trans Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (US-EU)), International Services Agreement, Environmental Goods Agreement, Information Technology Agreement) including on areas such as agriculture, manufactured goods, service sectors, government procurement, standards (technical barriers to trade), sanitary and phytosanitary rules, investment measures, trade remedies, customs valuation, licensing, intellectual property, state owned enterprises and state trading enterprises and including accession to the WTO;
- trade policy (legislation, regulations, practice before various government agencies (U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. International Trade Commission, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of the Treasury)
- studies on conditions in major trading partners – subsidy reports, intellectual property enforcement, compliance with WTO accession protocols (e.g., countries who have joined since 1995 (such as the People’s Republic of China, the Russia Federation, Ukraine, Taiwan).
He brings to his clients a wealth of experience, having been involved in hundreds of trade remedy cases and having helped shape trade policy in both the United States and abroad.
Mr. Stewart assists clients with international trade matters through the pursuit of trade remedies before administrative agencies, courts, and dispute settlement bodies of international organizations. Additionally, he pursues clients’ interests through the development of legislative options on trade-related issues and the evaluation of regulations and practices of countries where clients are active. Mr. Stewart also provides clients with insight on the opportunities and challenges presented by trade agreements and promotes clients’ interests during negotiations.
More broadly, Mr. Stewart practices administrative law at the federal level and judicial review of administrative determinations, including appellate advocacy in non-trade areas.
Mr. Stewart and the firm have worked with a wide variety of companies, industries, and unions to solve trade and other matters in the United States and across the globe, including matters involving products in:
- Aquaculture and fisheries
- Consumer goods
- Electronics and electronic components
- Green technology products
- Rubber products
- Automotive and automotive parts
- Industrial equipment
- Glass and glassware
Mr. Stewart regularly reviews and analyzes policies and trends in international commerce and economics. He has written extensively on and edited numerous publications concerning international trade issues, including unfair trade laws, GATT/WTO issues, trade and investment, and trade relations with China and other trading partners. Among his more than 100 publications are The GATT Uruguay Round: A Negotiating History (1986-1992)(Vols. I-III); The End Game (Part I)(Vol. IV), widely cited in many WTO proceedings. Other notable publications that Mr. Stewart authored, co-authored, or edited include: The World Trade Organization: The Multilateral Trade Framework for the 21st Century and U.S. Implementing Legislation (American Bar Association 1996), Export Practice: Customs and International Trade Law (Practising Law Institute 1994 & Supp. 1998), Handbook of WTO/GATT Dispute Settlement (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers), After Doha: The Changing Attitude & Ideas of the New WTO Round (Transnational Publishers, Inc. 2002), WTO Antidumping and Subsidy Agreements: A Practitioner’s Guide to “Sunset” Reviews in Australia, Canada, the European Union, and the United States (Kluwer Law International 1998), Handbook on WTO Trade Remedy Disputes: The First Six Years (1995-2000) (Transnational Publishers, Inc. 2001), Rules in a Rules-Based WTO: Key to Growth; The Challenges Ahead (Transnational Publishers, Inc. 2002), and Opportunities and Obligations: New Perspective on Global and U.S. Trade Policy (Kluwer Law International 2009).
Mr. Stewart is a frequent speaker at conferences in the United States and around the world. Mr. Stewart is a past President of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and is a past President of the Customs and International Trade Bar Association and has been a member of the Steering Group of the International Trade Committee of the American Bar Association's International Law Section. He has served on the Advisory Council of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and on the U.S. Court of International Trade Advisory Committee on Rules, including as its Chairman.
Mr. Stewart served as an advisor to the Government of Ukraine for roughly a decade during its efforts to accede to the World Trade Organization. He has received an Honorary Degree Order of Merit of the 3rd Degree from the Government of Ukraine, an Honorary Doctorate from the Ukrainian Academy of Foreign Trade and an Honorary Doctorate of Political Science from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Mr. Stewart also served several years on the Permanent Group of Experts established by the WTO’s Committee on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.