J. David "David" Stewart III

J. David "David" Stewart III

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

Recognized since 2013

Birmingham, Alabama

Practice Areas

Government Relations Practice

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David Stewart is the chair of the firm's Governmental Affairs Practice Group. He is also a member of the Economic Development Practice Group. While based in the firm's Birmingham office, he regularly represents clients before the executive and legislative branches in Washington, D.C. and Montgomery, Alabama. He also advises clients on federal and state campaign finance and ethics laws.

Following David’s graduation from Washington and Lee, he worked in Washington, DC for Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama. After leaving Washington to attend the University of Virginia Law School, David returned home to Birmingham to join Bradley Arant Rose & White (now Bradley Arant Boult Cummings) and work with Luther Strange, who is now the Attorney General of Alabama.

David's for-profit clients have ranged in size from privately-held startups to Fortune 500 companies. For his advocacy practice, David's representation has focused on energy, environment, transportation/infrastructure, international trade, health care, appropriations, civic justice reform, immigration, manufacturing, homeland security, and economic development issues. David also has extensive experience representing non-profit entities, particularly municipalities and educational institutions, seeking federal and state appropriations, grants and other investments. As part of this representation, he also provides economic development advice to clients.

David’s other primary focus is advising clients regarding federal, state and local campaign finance and ethics laws. David assists clients with the establishment and administration of political programs, including the formation of political action committees (PACs) and compliance with campaign finance laws. David also advises clients on how to develop effective internal programs to comply with lobbying and gift laws. David is currently co-chairing the American Bar Association’s Governmental Affairs Subcommittee that is developing an online compendium of lobbying and gift laws.

  • One Federal Place
    1819 Fifth Avenue North
    Birmingham, AL 35203
  • University of Virginia, J.D., graduated 2000
  • Washington and Lee University, B.A., graduated 1996
Bar Admissions
  • Alabama, Alabama State Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • American League of Lobbyists - Member
  • Birmingham Business Alliance - Member
  • Business Council of Alabama - Member
  • Washington & Lee University Alumni Association - President

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Government Relations Practice
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Government Relations Practice, Birmingham (2023)
  • Government Relations Practice, Birmingham (2017)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," 2011
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

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