Giovanni Stewart

Giovanni is a partner and manages The Firm’s Construction, Real Property and Personal Injury Fortes. He is also part of The Firm’s complex and high exposure trial team with Firm shareholders Carl Dawson and Michael Orr.  He has been named a Florida SuperLawyer – Rising Star in construction. Giovanni is also rated by his peers through Martindale as AV® Preeminent™ and he meets the very highest criteria for ethical standards and legal ability.

Giovanni’s practice is primarily focused in the areas of construction litigation, association litigation and personal injury litigation.  He has been involved in over 25 large, complex, multiparty construction lawsuits where damages were in excess of one million dollars.  Although Giovanni enjoys the challenge of these large claims, he routinely handles smaller Chapter 713 lien and bond claims as well as breach of contract and warranty claims. He also litigates all types of construction defects claims along with professional standard of care claims involving architects and engineers. Giovanni regularly represents home owners, commercial business owners, developers, roadway contractors, utility contractors, residential and commercial contractors as well as subcontractors.

In the area of association litigation, Giovanni regularly counsels and advises association boards on how to interpret and enforce their governing documents under Chapters 718, 719 and 720, Florida Statutes. He also litigates fiduciary duty claims against association directors and officers. Giovanni also has an active and busy collections practice for some of the largest Associations in Northeast Florida.

Finally, Giovanni handles The Firm’s serious personal injury claims resulting from construction site accidents, roadway construction accidents, slip and falls, motor vehicle accidents, crane accidents, and trucking accidents. Giovanni has the ability to resolve cases for maximum value before the necessity of a lawsuit arises, utilizing his prior experience in defending these types of claims on behalf of insurance companies and their insureds.

Giovanni was born in North Carolina and lived in Ohio, Indiana and Alabama.  He attended law school in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and began his legal career there. He now calls Jacksonville home.  While not practicing law, Giovanni enjoys fishing, coaching youth soccer, cooking and traveling with his wife Stephanie and their three children, Rhys, Olivia and Amelia.


Bar Admissions

Florida 2003

  • Florida, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 2005


Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 2003, Juris Doctorate

  • Law Review, 2001-2002

Ohio University, 2000, Dual B.S. in Science and Communication

  • Environmental Studies Certificate
  • Double Major: Environmental Pre-Law and Legal Communications

Based in Jacksonville, Florida the attorneys at Dawson | Orr draw upon 100 years of combined legal experience to serve clients throughout Florida and across the country.