I write this part of the Report with a heavy heart. All of us at Beasley Allen were shocked and saddened by the news last month of the sudden and untimely death of a lawyer in our firm. Chad Stewart, who was only 41, passed away on Saturday, April 26th. He leaves behind a wife, Becky, and three children, Cate, Ann Presley and Bo. I am very sad over Chad’s death, but also thankful to have had him as a part of my life. I am grateful to God for bringing Chad into our firm.
Chad joined our firm in 2011 and practiced in our Consumer Fraud Section. He was a devout Christian, a devoted family man and a great lawyer. Chad was named a Shareholder in the firm in April 2012. He was a Martindale Hubbell AV Rated attorney. Because of his exceptional work, Chad was selected as the Fraud Section Lawyer of the Year for 2013.
Chad distinguished himself as a dedicated, hard-working and outstanding lawyer. His work focused primarily on Medicaid Fraud Litigation, representing state Medicaid programs. This fraud by drug manufacturers harmed the poorest and most vulnerable people and also cheated the taxpayers. In seeking justice on their behalf, Chad was involved in several multi-million dollar settlements, as well as a $38.2 million jury verdict. He also worked on a number of other commercial fraud and class action cases protecting the rights of fraud victims.
Everybody who dealt with Chad in any capacity respected him for his intelligence, ability, work ethic and integrity. He was a devoted husband and father and set an example for his children that is so very important. Chad’s Christian walk is his greatest legacy. He truly loved the Lord and each of us who knew Chad will verify that fact. 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. He graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Kappa Phi in 1995. Chad 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.
Chad attended First Baptist Church, where he was active and a leader in his Sunday school class. The thing about Chad that stands out the most is how his faith in Christ overflowed in every aspect of his life. He had his priorities in order, putting his faith first, family second and work third. Chad practiced law in the same way he lived his faith. Watching Chad handle cases, you would see that he genuinely cared about his clients.
Chad will be missed and his death leaves voids at Beasley Allen – in the legal profession – in his church – certainly in his home – and in his wide circle of friends. My prayer is that God will provide for Becky and her children and that He will supply them during these very tough days with the peace and comfort that can only come from Him. Becky, also a very strong Christian, knows that she is and always will be a member of the Beasley Allen family. I praise God for sharing Chad Everett Stewart with us.
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