David O. Stewart

Retired Partner

  • JD, Yale Law School, 1978; Articles Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • BA, summa cum laude, Yale University, 1973


  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • Maryland, 1986
  • Honorable David L. Bazelon, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (1978)
  • Honorable J. Skelly Wright, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • Honorable Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Supreme Court of the United States
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association
  • ABA's Ad Hoc Task Force on Double Jeopardy
  • The Best Lawyers in America (2005-2012, 2014, 2016)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2006)
  • Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers (2007-2008, 2010-2015)

David O. Stewart

Retired Partner

David Stewart joined Ropes & Gray as a partner in 1989 to begin a litigation group in the Washington, D.C. office. He retired as a partner with the firm in 2005 and retired as counsel to Ropes & Gray in 2015.

His experience in complex litigation included appellate litigation, antitrust and commercial disputes, white-collar criminal defense work, health care law, and challenges to government regulation and enforcement.

David served as principal counsel in federal jury trials, state court trials, administrative proceedings, appeals, and the impeachment trial of Judge Walter L. Nixon, Jr. before the United States Senate. David twice argued before the United States Supreme Court.

David is the author of several books of history, including Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America (2015); The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution (2007), Impeached: President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy (2009) and American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America (2011). He also writes fiction. The Lincoln Deception, a mystery focused on the John Wilkes Booth Conspiracy, was published in 2013. A sequel, The Wilson Deception will be released in autumn 2015.




  • David O. Stewart, "American Emperor: Aaron Burr’s Challenge to Jefferson’s America," 2011
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