Paul S. Stewart

A fresh approach with creative, innovative ideas and a tenacious attention to service.
Paul S. Stewart

Paul S. Stewart

Senior Associate

509-838-0007

Licensed to practice in Washington

Practice Summary

Mr. Stewart represents diverse clients in all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-suit investigations, commencement and initial defense of actions, pre-trial discovery, motions practice, trial, and appeal.  A significant part of Mr. Stewart’s practice involves representing utilities, often in cases arising from wildland fires. Mr. Stewart is also retained by insurance companies to represent their insureds in cases involving, e.g., motor vehicle accidents and claims arising under homeowners’ insurance policies. Mr. Stewart is also active with Paine Hamblen’s employment group, representing employers in wage and hour and discrimination/harassment litigation.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit

Education

  • Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude 2012
  • University of Washington, B.A., History, with distinction, 2008

Clerkships

  • Mary Fairhurst, Justice of the Washington State Supreme Court, 2012 – 2013
  • Wm. Fremming Nielsen, Senior District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, 2013-2015
  • John T. Rodgers, Magistrate Judge for the Eastern District of Washington, 2015

Presentations

  • Service Animals/Transit Manuals, Washington State Transit Insurance Pool (2021)
  • Navigating the ADA, National Business Institute (2020)
  • Key Discovery and Evidence Issues in Employment Litigation (2018)
  • State and Local Wage and Hour Laws (2018)
  • Keeping Evidence Out (Pre- and Post-Trial), National Business Institute (2017)
  • Admission/Exclusion of Unique Evidence, National Business Institute (2017)

Professional Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association

Leadership/Other Activities

  • Trustee, Eastern District of Washington Federal Bar Association
  • Board Member, Gorge Junior Sailing
  • Member, St. Augustine’s Catholic Church Parish Council
  • Adjunct Professor, Gonzaga University School of Law (LRW III) (2016)

Representative Cases and Pro Bono Work

  • Represented a rural electrical cooperative being sued by the United States for allegedly causing a large wildland fire in central Idaho. Resulted in a defense verdict after jury trial.  United States v. Idaho County Light & Power, 3:17-CV-00391-CWD (D. Idaho).
  • Represented property owner in boundary line encroachment (adverse possession) claim. Prevailed on client’s claim, and dismissal of adverse party’s claim, on summary judgment. Judgment affirmed on appeal, with attorneys’ fees of approximately $50,000 awarded on trial and appellate court level. Snyder v. Campbell, No. 37317-7-III (Wash. Ct. App. 2021).
  • Represented local utility in action brought by property owner who alleged property damage and business interruption. Case dismissed for lack of jurisdiction. Matulis v. Inland Power & Light, 2:20-CV-0164-TOR (E.D. Wash.)
  • Represented (pro bono) disabled service dog handler who was allegedly discriminated against based on her disability. Case mediated and resolved prior to trial. Olson v. AARP Foundation, 2:17-CV-0426-TOR (E.D. Wash.).
  • Represented (pro bono) parent of special education student in administrative appeal pursued by school district. Prevailed on motion for summary judgment and awarded attorneys’ fees. Spokane Public School District v. Allen, 2:16-CV-0276-TOR (E.D. Wash.).
  • Represented numerous employers in labor disputes and alleged employment discrimination. Achieved favorable settlements, often through mediation.