Lawyers and staff at Beasley Allen are shocked and saddened by the news of the sudden and untimely death of colleague attorney Chad E. Stewart, who passed away Saturday. He was 41 years old. Chad leaves behind a wife, Becky, and three children, Cate, Ann Presley and Bo.
Chad joined the firm in 2011 and practiced in our Consumer Fraud Section.
“Chad was a devout Christian, a devoted family man and a great lawyer,” said Dee Miles, head of the firm’s Consumer Fraud Section. “He was simply a wonderful human being. Chad’s sudden departure from this earth is a reminder that every day is a gift and he’s a wonderful example of how to live that daily gift. He is and will be deeply missed. ”
In his work with Beasley Allen, Chad distinguished himself as a dedicated, hard-working and outstanding attorney. His work focused primarily on Medicaid Fraud Litigation, which defrauded state Medicaid programs and harmed the poorest and most vulnerable people. In seeking justice on their behalf, Chad was involved in several multi-million dollar settlements as well as a $38.2 million verdict. He also worked on a number of other commercial fraud and class action cases protecting the rights of fraud victims. He was named a Shareholder at Beasley Allen in April 2012, was a Martindale Hubbell AV Rated attorney, and he was selected as the Fraud Section Lawyer of the Year for 2013.
“Everybody who dealt with Chad in any capacity respected him for his intelligence, abilities, work ethic and integrity. He was a devoted husband and father and set an example for his children that is so very important. His Christian walk is Chad’s greatest legacy,” said Beasley Allen founding shareholder Jere Beasley. “He truly loved the Lord and that all of us who knew him can verify. His Christian walk has been and will continue to be an inspiration to all of us at Beasley Allen.”
Chad attended Troy University on academic scholarship where he served as SGA Chief Justice and graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi in 1995. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from Cumberland School of Law in 1999, graduating Magna Cum Laude in the Top 10 of his class. At Cumberland, Chad was selected to Curia Honoris, Cumberland’s Highest Honor Society, and was Senior Associate Editor of the Cumberland Law Review.
Chad was an active community servant, involved in legal and social organizations. He was chairman of the Alabama State Bar’s 2014 Law Day Committee, a program he was active in for the past several years. He particularly enjoyed helping to judge the poster and essay contests, with entries from children throughout the state.
He served on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery, Enterprise YMCA, Wiregrass United Way, and The TransMission Ministry. Chad was Founder and President of the Bo Harrell Christian Athletics Award, as well as serving with the Enterprise Lions Club, Coffee County Youth Leadership Program, Jimmy Hitchcock Christian Athletics Selection Committee, Children’s Hospital Committee for the Future, Wounded Warrior Project, and Hope for the Warriors Project. Chad also helped coach several youth league sports teams.
He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt. During deer season he could often be found comparing notes with other lawyers in the firm about how they were doing and if anyone had gotten a buck yet. He was also a dedicated Auburn fan, and friends remember him sharing his love of the game with his son, Bo, watching game highlights with him to get excited about the new season.
Chad attended First Baptist Church, where he was active and a leader in his Sunday school class. That’s probably the thing about Chad that stands out the most – how his faith in Christ overflowed in every aspect of his life. He had his priorities of faith first, family second, and work third.
He practiced law in the same way he lived his faith. Watching him handle cases, his genuine caring about the client really showed through, and he demonstrated that in how he always put the client first, taking the time to do whatever he needed to do to make them feel comfortable, assuage their fear. He lived his faith for them, and gave them his hope and his faith if they had none.
His colleagues attest that he was definitely a guy who would bear other people’s burdens. He could sense if they were bothered and would take the time to ask about their concerns, really listen, and help if he could.
“From him, I learned to be a better person,” said fellow lawyer Andrew Brashier.