Jefferson D. Stewart


Jefferson D. StewartAdams and Reese LLPLinkedin.Logo
300 Renaissance
1018 Highland Colony Parkway
Ridgeland, MS 39157

Tel: 601.292.0713
Fax: 601.944.9342


Jefferson “Jay” Stewart has practiced with Adams and Reese since 1996 and is a Partner in the Energy Group. Jay helped open the firm’s Jackson office and has led the firm’s Energy and Environmental team to become a regional practice.

Licensed in both Mississippi and Louisiana since the 1970s, Jay has more than 30 years of experience in all phases of exploration, development, production, transportation and regulation of oil and gas operations in the Gulf Coast region. He has experience rendering title opinions, assisting in curing title defects and litigation over title issues pertaining to ownership of oil and gas production.

While representing operators, non-operators and landowners, Jay has litigated and mediated on a broad range of legal issues, including serving as the First Chair at trial and the appellate level in Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp. v. Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board, 474 U.S. 409 (1986), establishing the relationship between federal and state regulation of gas production and transportation after the Natural Gas Policy Act of 1978.

Businesses and individuals engaged in all facets of the energy industry consult with Adams and Reese regularly for our team’s careful analysis, practical advice and extensive resources to address traditional and emerging energy legal issues. With our foundation in the oil and natural gas industry of the Gulf South region, Adams and Reese has developed a strong reputation for handling energy-related transactions, lobbying needs, compliance issues, and rights to new technologies and energy sources.

In addition, Adams and Reese supports the production, transportation, handling and storage of energy resources, as well as environmental regulatory, compliance, auditing and claims involving our clients related to environmental and toxic tort litigation and other personal or premises liability. Whether you represent a well-established U.S. concern or have energy investment or development interests, Adams and Reese can advise you on business strategy as well as legal rights and responsibilities.

A tradition of strong legal representation, governmental relations, and corporate and compliance experience sums up the Adams and Reese Energy Team. A number of our attorneys have spent their entire careers handling energy matters. Supporting them are similarly experienced teams from the environmental, maritime, insurance, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property, real estate and public finance side. Adams and Reese offers a comprehensive legal strategy for handling your business.

Our attorneys also draw from a variety of science backgrounds and positions in government and state energy commissions, as well as those who have served as in-house counsel for multi-national energy concerns. On the litigation side, we offer substantial experience in handling complex and class action matters, together with appellate capabilities should the need arise. Our experience extends from land-based energy operations to the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. A number of our attorneys have earned recognition among their peers for their work representing energy companies, including Best Lawyers in America®, Super Lawyers® and Chambers USA.

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with attorneys and advisors strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. It is our business to know and understand our clients, their business, their current needs, and their future plans. We provide leadership strategies and proactive solutions by assembling teams of attorneys and advisors to identify and meet the specific needs of our clients. Providing legal services on a regional, national and international level, our firm represents industry leaders ranging from S corporations to local businesses to Fortune 100 organizations.

We are committed to and supportive of our clients, our people and our communities. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our services to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live.

Our fundamental commitment to volunteerism has become a deep-rooted characteristic of our firm’s personality. Our corporate philanthropy program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support) founded in 1988 has devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need within our communities. Our firm’s pro bono program policy requires that every lawyer in the firm annually perform a minimum 20 hours of pro bono work. Adams and Reese attorneys have handled a diverse scope of pro bono litigation and transactions for deserving individuals and nonprofit organizations who could not otherwise afford legal services.

Adams and Reese is consistently recognized in the legal industry for professional excellence, as well as for our dedication to serving our communities. Our many distinctions and honors over the years are a direct result of our clients, attorneys, advisors and staff.

Experienced practitioner Jefferson Stewart offers clients expertise in a broad range of oil and gas exploration and production matters, including litigation, contract drafting and representation before the MSOGB.
Chambers USA, 2013