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Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

stewart-nicholas-mf-6603As a corporate and deal attorney, Nick Stewart gets to work each day with entrepreneurs, companies and investors to find ways to develop ideas and turn them into reality.

“I firmly believe that this is an important part of the process of job creation, innovation and technological advancement, and ultimately creating opportunities for others,” he said.

Counsel for Saul Ewing Arnstein and Lehr, Stewart drafted Gov. Martin O’Malley’s 2007 State of the State address. However, he’s most proud of his current legal work. A recent example is helping a health care startup disrupting the highly regulated dialysis space.

He has worked closely with the firm as it has grown from a seed company to one now entering a Series C fundraising round, where he is both the deal counsel and the general outside counsel for the company. The company provides jobs for a hundred or more people and is taking a step toward developing a better way to treat and prevent kidney disease.

Success for Stewart comes down to the primacy of relationships. This ultimately means being willing to facilitate connections and bring your own network’s resources to bear for the benefit of others, even if the difference made is relatively small, he said.

“In this way, we can encourage others to take action and not be disheartened because the challenge or need is too large,” Stewart said.

He also has a longstanding belief in the importance of service developed in college.

Stewart recently served as vice-chair of the Baltimore County Board of Education for 3 1/2 years. He worked on closing the achievement gap, advocating for new schools and renovations in underserved communities, and standing up a dashboard of key metrics to better evaluate performance.

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2020 VIP List awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.