Stewart, James Y.

Profile & Practice Areas

James Y. Stewart leads the Maritime and Recreational Boating Practice Group, utilizing a diverse skill set to creatively solve problems. His practice areas also include general corporate and business law, formation of corporations and joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, contracts, shareholder agreements, commercial law and real estate. Jim’s clients include individuals, closely held businesses, and multinational corporations.

Jim has spent 40 years:

  • In yacht financing, vessel documentation, and the perfection and collection of maritime liens, including preferred ship mortgages.
  • Representing landlords and tenants in the negotiation of commercial leases, handling the purchase and/or sale of commercial and residential real estate, and assisting clients with environmental issues.
  • Assisting clients with obtaining construction permits and bottomland leases from the State of Michigan.
  • Consulting with clients on business management, corporate governance, joint ventures, asset and stock purchases and sales.

Jim is a frequent speaker on issues relating to recreational boating and maritime lending. He serves as general counsel to the Michigan Boating Industries Association and the National Marine Lenders Association.

Practice Areas

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell, Rated AV-Preeminent
  • Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate
  • Leading Lawyers, Transportation Defense Law: Maritime, 2014-2021

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan
  • National Marine Lenders Association, General Counsel, 1990-Present
  • Michigan Boating Industries Association, General Counsel, 1990-Present
  • Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation
  • Michigan Clean Marina Foundation
  • Association for Corporate Growth - Detroit