Mr. Stewart received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from South Carolina State University in 1987, and his Juris Doctorate from the New York University School of Law in 1990.
Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Stewart was employed at the venerable firm of Anderson, Kill, and Olik, where his area of concentration was environment insurance coverage litigation and other breach of contract actions.
After three and half years at Anderson, Mr. Stewart served as an associate member of the 1993 New York City Mayoral Transition Team charged with staffing, and reviewing policy guidelines of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. He also argued real property tax-exempt ﬁlings and appeals before the NYC Tax Commission.
In 1995, Leonard was tapped to be CEO and senior legal counsel of Miracle Makers, a community-based, not-forproﬁt organization, with an annual operating budget of eighteen million dollars ($18,000,000.00). During his tenure, in addition to his many restructuring initiatives, he successfully argued the precedent-setting motion in The Matter of Frederick S., 178 Misc. 2d 152 (N.Y. Fam. Ct. 1998) (a childʼs post-decision desires are insufﬁcient to vacate a termination of parental rights ruling) and undertook legal proceedings clearing over 70 children for adoption through the various Family Courts of New York City.
In 2007, Mr. Stewart reentered private practice and began serving as counsel to the firm. He is the primary author for briefs, appellate briefs, and motions, ﬁled both in state and federal court matters. He has also served as associate trial counsel in several successful civil and criminal trial matters.
Mr. Stewart has been licensed to practice law for over twenty years. He has a wide breadth of experience in general litigation, real estate, non-proﬁt, probate, business compliance, personal injury, loan modiﬁcations, and other related legal disciplines.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. He is a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association.