Gary N. Stewart

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Gary N. Stewart

Harrisburg

Tel (717) 234-7730

Fax (717) 234-7710

Bio

Gary N. Stewart is a partner in the Commercial Motor Vehicle Section in the Harrisburg office of Rawle & Henderson LLP. He focuses his practice on the defense of the trucking industry, specifically commercial motor vehicles and the companies that insure them, and is privileged to represent most of the motor carriers and their drivers seen on our highways. He is admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island, and has been admitted pro hac vice in other jurisdictions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.

Gary and his team of experienced attorneys and paralegals are routinely retained immediately following accidents involving motor carriers to perform “immediate responses,” to preserve evidence and to assist in the handling of the case from the day it occurred through trial.

He graduated magna cum laude from the Harrisburg campus of Widener University School of Law in 1992. He received the James C. Crumlish Jr. Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Administrative Law. Gary received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, where he was honored as an Intercollegiate All-American in Sailing, winning the Intercollegiate National Championship in 1979.

Before becoming a lawyer, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine and obtained U.S. Coast Guard professional licenses as Master of Oceans, Steam or Motor Vessels up to 1600 gross tons as well as Chief Officer, unlimited tonnage, all oceans.

Gary served as the law clerk for the Honorable Rochelle Friedman, Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, and has been selected by his peers as a Transportation/Maritime Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2007, 2009–2012 and 2016-2018. It is an honor reserved for the top 5% of all Pennsylvania lawyers.

Gary is a member of the Firm's Executive Committee.

PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
Presenter, The Intersection of Criminal Law & Trucking: Send Lawyers, Guns & Money, Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Annual Seminar, October 2016
Co-Author, “He Said/She Said”: How to Prove Your Client Case with EDR; Check the Event Data Recorder – You Might Be Surprised by What You Find, TIDA Fall 2016 Newsletter, October 2016
Co-Author, “He Said/She Said”: How to Prove Your Client's Case with an Event Data Recorder, Transportation Law Update, Vol. 17, No. 8, October 2016
Co-Author, Don’t Be “Careless” with Your CMV Driver’s Careless-Driving Citation, Transportation Law Update, Vol. 17, No. 4, May 2016
Co-Author, Cell Phone Laws & Trends In Various Jurisdictions, PARTS I & II, Transportation Law Update, Vol. 17, Nos. 2 and 3
Co-Author, Cell Phone Laws & Trends In Various Jurisdictions, TIDA Fall 2015 Newsletter
Author, Pennsylvania: Can I Get My Case Transferred from Philadelphia County?, Transportation Law Update, Vol. 16, No. 2, February 2015
Author, Pennsylvania: Punitive Damages – No Direct Negligence Claim Against Employer, Transportation Law Update, Vol. 15, No. 7, November 2014
Author, Accident in New York State Requires Filing of MV-104 Form, Transportation Law Update, Vol. 15, No. 2, April 2014
Author, Pennsylvania: Defense Verdict - Smoke and Mirrors, Transportation Law Update, Volume 15, Number 1, March 2014
Co-Author, Pennsylvania: Is Your Truck Driver a “Professional Driver”? - Chapter Two, Transportation Law Update, Volume 14, Number 8, November 2013
Author, Pennsylvania: Punitive Damages and the Handheld GPS, PENNTRUX, November 2013
Author, Pennsylvania: Punitive Damages and the Handheld GPS, TIDA Fall 2013 Newsletter
Author, Pennsylvania: Punitive Damages and the Handheld GPS, Transportation Law Update, Volume 14, Number 7, October 2013
Co-Author, Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware: Dual Liability for Shippers and Motor Carriers, Transportation Law Update, Volume 14, Number 4, July 2013
Co-Author, Pennsylvania: Towing and Towing Storage Facility Standards Act, Part IITransportation Law Update, Volume 14, Number 1, February 2013
Co-Author, Pennsylvania: Towing and Towing Storage Facility Standards Act, TIDA Winter 2012 Newsletter, December 2012
Co-Author, Pennsylvania: Towing and Towing Storage Facility Standards Act, Transportation Law Update, Volume 13, Number 9, September 2012
Co-Author, Pennsylvania: Punitive Damages – “Don’t Give Up the Ship”, Transportation Law Update, Volume 13, Number 8, August 2012
Co-Author, Pennsylvania/Connecticut: Log Violations Before Restart, Trucking Industry Defense Association Spring 2012 Newsletter
Co-Author, Pennsylvania/Connecticut: Log Violations Before Restart, New Jersey Motor Truck Association February 2012 Bulletin
Co-Author, Pennsylvania/Connecticut: Log Violations Before Restart, Transportation Law Update, Volume 13, Number 1, January 2012
Author, 1% Rule Dead!, Transportation Law Update, Volume 12, No. 6, June 2011
Co-Author, Hit From Behind, Transportation Law Update, Volume 12, No. 5, May 2011
Co-Author, Is Your Truck Driver a “Professional Driver?”, Transportation Law Update, Volume 12, No. 2, February 2011
Author, Vermont Product Liability, Rawle’s Reports, Volume 13, Issue No. 6, June 2009
Author, Rhode Island –“He Said, She Said”…..Transportation Law Update, Volume 10, No. 5, May 2009
Co-Author, Where Do You Want To Depose Your Driver?, Trucking Law Update, Vol. 8, No. 6, June 2007
Contributor/Author, American Bar Association-TIPS Reference Handbook on Punitive Damages, September 2006
Presenter, Immediate Response Handling for the Catastrophic Accident, Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association, Harrisburg, PA, April 2006
Author, Good News: Jerk’n Jolt Doctrine Reaffirmed, Bus and Motorcoach News, October 2005
Author, Pennsylvania: Shake It Up!, Trucking Law Update, Vol. 6, No. 8, August 2005
Author, Harrisburg: Another Bad Venue?, Trucking Law Update, Vol. 5, No. 9., September 2004
Presenter, Know Your Salvage Rights, Progressive Insurance Co., Warwick, RI
Presenter, Low Velocity Impact Investigations, Infinity Ins. Group, Middletown, CT, November 1999

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • Massachusetts
  • Vermont
  • Rhode Island

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U. S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island
U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

Education

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (B.S., 1982)
  Qualified: Master, 1600 ton vessel; all oceans
  Chief Officer, unlimited tonnage, all oceans

Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg Campus (J.D., magna cum laude, 1992)
  Recipient, James C. Crumlish, Jr., Award for Excellence in Scholarship

Professional Associations

Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA)
Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association (PMTA)
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
Harrisburg Claims Association

Seminars, Speeches & Publications