Friday, February 1st, 2013

NIU Valedictorian Begins ZRFM Practice

Brad StewartBrad Stewart, the valedictorian of the class of 2012 at Northern Illinois University College of Law, has entered practice at the Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle law firm. Stewart focuses primarily on local government law, civil litigation and corporate law.

Stewart is the attorney editor of the new Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle blog and e-newsletter titled Local Government Law Bulletin. On Jan. 13, 2013, he most recently authored an article for the Northwest Herald titled “Defense of Marriage Act ruling relevant to employers.” Stewart has received several writing awards and most notably was one of 10 finalists for the National Scribes Contest, selected among the top submissions by each school’s law review in 2011.

Stewart joined Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle in May 2011 as a law clerk and 711 Licensee. He also clerked for Justice Susan F. Hutchinson of the Illinois Appellate Court’s 2nd District.

Prior to attending law school, Stewart was a director and branch manager at two credit unions based in the Chicagoland area, both with a presence in McHenry County. At one point, he managed 18 business development officers across the country. He also was an executive at a chemical manufacturing company serving the dry cleaning industry. During that time, he was a columnist and contributing editor for the American Dry Cleaner publication. Stewart earned two bachelor’s degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington.

Stewart, a resident of Wonder Lake, has been an active member of the McHenry County community. From 2007 to 2011, he served on the board of Home of the Sparrow, a non-profit organization that provides transitional services for homeless women and children. In 2007, Stewart received the Unsung Hero Award for McHenry County through Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital for a series of fundraising events he performed for Home of the Sparrow and for diabetes research.

With a total of 21 lawyers, ZRFM is the largest law firm in McHenry County, Illinois. Three of the firm’s attorneys have been named Illinois Leading Lawyers by their peers, a designation that ranks them among the top 5 percent of lawyers in their practice. ZRFM’s offices are located at 50 Virginia Street in Crystal Lake and in Chicago and Oak Brook.

For more biographical information about Stewart, please view his full profile.