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Edward C. Stewart

Retired Partner

P. 303.244.1853 | F. 303.244.1879


Edward Stewart's litigation practice focuses on the defense of product liability, class actions, and complex commercial cases for major manufacturers. He has particular experience defending consumer class actions involving automobile and home appliance product-defect claims. Ed has represented Ford Motor Company for years as national trial counsel on several product lines. He also has experience defending clients in the trucking industry. Ed has tried 28 cases to verdict and three arbitrations to decision in 13 states across the U.S.


Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, "Ethics, Social Media, and You," The Association for Corporate Counsel, Colorado Chapter, (December 4, 2013).
  • Presenter, "U.S. Bankruptcy Court," The Faculty of Federal Advocates' 2013 Trial Advocacy Workshop, (September 20, 2013).
  • Presenter, "Take This and Google That - The Ethics of Social Media," Members of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, (July 24, 2013).
  • Presenter,"Tick Tock: The Case on the Clock," The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel 2013 Winter Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, (March 2013).
  • Presenter, "Frequently Litigated Contract Provisions: Writing Contracts With Litigation In Mind," CLE seminar hosted by WTO, (July 19, 2012).
  • "Nightmare Clients: How to Deal with Impossible Clients, Witnesses and Opposing Counsel in Litigation," presented at the National Institute's CLE-accredited seminar, (June 17, 2011).
  • "Materials for Courtroom Presentation: Tools and Techniques," presented to the Colorado Bar Association, (June 2011).
  • "Technology in the Courtroom," presented for the National Business Institute's Trial Masters Program, (June 2011).
  • Presenter, "Litigating Claims Involving Component Part Suppliers: A Manufacturer's Perspective," The American Conference Institute's Annual Forum on Defending and Managing Automotive Product Liability Litigation, (November 2009).
  • Presenter, "A Modest Proposal: 'Embrace the Enemy' to Make the Most of Third Parties' Spoliation of Evidence," ABA Seminar: Emerging Issues in Automotive Product Liability Litigation, (March 21, 2002).

Other Experience

McDermott, Will & Emery, Chicago, Illinois

Legal Memberships, Activities, and Honors

The Best Lawyers in America
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants Lawyer of the Year, 2022
    Commercial Litigation, 2013-2023
    Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2013-2023
    Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2013-2023
The Legal 500 United States
    Litigation: Product Liability and Mass Tort Defense, 2011-2013, 2015
Colorado Super Lawyers
    Personal Injury Defense, 2013-2024
    Top 100, 2013-2016, 2018-2019, 2021-2024
    Civil Litigation Defense, 2010-2012    
Benchmark Litigation
    Local Litigation Star, 2020-2022
    Product Liability - Colorado, 2014-2017
5280 Magazine
    Top Lawyer 
          Personal Injury: Defense, 2016-2017, 2023
Euromoney's Expert Guides - Litigation and Product Liability
Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rated
International Who's Who of Product Liability Defense Lawyers, 2016-2017
Colorado Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
State Bar of Wisconsin
Defense Research Institute
The Tenth Judicial Circuit Historical Society
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    Co-Chair Trial Masters Program

Community Memberships, Activities, and Honors

Colorado Children's Chorale
    Board of Trustees

Personal Interests

Skiing, travel, and wine collecting

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