Stewart is a partner and founding member of Yacoubian & Powell LLP. Stewart is an accomplished trial attorney, having completed over 60 criminal and civil trials to verdict.
Stewart began his career as a Deputy District Attorney in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He served the Los Angeles community as a member of that office for over 11 years. During that time, he prosecuted gang-related crimes as part of the Hardcore Gang Division, which is one of the office’s prestigious trial assignments. He achieved success in special circumstance murder, attempted murder, and serious felony prosecutions, and was recognized by the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for his outstanding accomplishments in that division. Stewart also worked in the Major Narcotics Division where he coordinated investigations of Mexican-based drug cartels.
In 2006, Stewart left the District Attorney’s Office to join the boutique downtown Los Angeles law firm Brown, White & Newhouse LLP where he practiced white collar criminal defense and business litigation. While there, Stewart utilized his considerable trial experience to successfully represent corporate and individual clients in complex civil litigation matters including real estate, trade secret, corporate disputes, fraud, and environmental matters, among others.
Stewart has represented numerous clients in criminal matters in both state and federal courts. His experience includes representing clients in tax and fraud prosecutions as well as administrative proceedings that parallel criminal prosecutions. He has served as counsel to employees of companies under investigation by federal and state agencies, conducted internal investigations on behalf of corporate clients, and lobbied federal and local prosecutorial agencies on behalf of clients under investigation by those agencies. Stewart’s experience as a prosecutor has also given him expertise in representing clients in a broad range of state criminal prosecutions, from DUI and juvenile cases to serious felony matters.
Stewart received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies from Chapman University, where he played on the varsity volleyball and club golf teams. He earned his Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law in 1994, and was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Book Award in Sentencing and Post- Conviction Practice. In 1994, he received the American Board of Trial Advocates Award for Excellence in Preparation for Trial Practice. Stewart also studied at the Centre for International Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Policy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, and was honored for his studies there. Stewart is a frequent lecturer on criminal law issues and is active in several civic and community organizations.