Joshua Stewart

Joshua Stewart

Joshua Stewart is an associate attorney at Brown Law. He works on a variety of criminal defense matters, including federal compassionate release motions and state cases. Joshua joined the firm after graduating from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of law in 2021. During law school he was on the editorial board of the Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and received the school’s public service award. He also externed for Judge Robert McDonald in the Court of Appeals and Senator Benjamin Cardin.

Before law school Joshua spent 14 years as a newspaper reporter in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Southern California. His work put him on warships, inside the White House and courtrooms, and on the edge of crime scenes.

Joshua is a fourth-generation Baltimorean.


University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (J.D., 2021)
American University (M.A. 2011)
The University of Scranton (B.S. 2005)

Bar Admission

Maryland, 2021

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