David O. Stewart is a Constitutional lawyer and the author of The Summer of 1787. The book was well reviewed in The New York Times and around the country, hit The Washington Post bestseller list for several weeks, won the Washington Writing Award for Best Book of 2007, and made several "best books" lists for 2007. In May 2009, Simon & Schuster released Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln's Legacy. That 1868 trial was another moment when the nation's fate hung in the balance. The book explores long-ignored evidence of bribery and corrupt influences in the final Senate vote.
As a trial lawyer for more that 25 years, many of which have been with Ropes & Gray in Washington, DC, Stewart has defended accused criminals, challenged government actions as unconstitutional, and argued many appeals (including two before the US Supreme Court). He developed a fascination with impeachment when he served as principal defense counsel during the Senate impeachment trial of Judge Walter L. Nixon Jr. of Mississippi.
For almost 10 years, Stewart wrote a monthly column for The American Bar Association Journal on the Supreme Court (five of those columns appear in The Supreme Court and Its Justices, issued by ABA Press).