Stewart & Riley specializes in many areas of law, and we are admitted to practice throughout the State of Florida and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Civil & Real Estate Law

Your business issue may be how to start a business (file for a limited liability company, corporation, EIN or Tax ID Number, etc.) and insulate yourself from personal liability or how to deal with issues arising in an existing business. If you have an issue regarding a civil lawsuit, please do not hesitate to contact our law firm in New Port Richey for immediate help.

Drug Court

Every Drug Court Participant must undergo an Evaluation by a Drug Court Evaluator who makes a professional recommendation to the presiding Judge as to the appropriate level of treatment. Stewart & Riley's role is to ensure that this process is done accurately and point out where there is a miscommunication or inaccuracy in the evaluation.


Foreclosure Law has specific requirements that as a Plaintiff must be met sometimes prior to filing a lawsuit and sometimes after to obtain a Judgment of Foreclosure. Stewart & Riley has experience in evidence and rules of procedure with which a Plaintiff must comply to lodge a successful claim for foreclosure.

Criminal Defense

If you have been accused and arrested of a crime, it is important that you assert your constitutional rights, including your right to counsel. From the beginning of any accusation, our law firm will help you assert your constitutional rights. The earlier you hire defense counsel, the better.

Workmans' Comp

Stewart & Riley helps protect injured workers from loss of income and to provide for the payment of medical bills

Personal Injury

If you were in an automobile accident (or something else caused your injury) at no fault of your own and you have suffered an injury, Stewart & Riley will help you with the entire process, from your initial treatment through compensation. You will not pay us any costs or fees unless you win your case.

Consumer Debt

From legal and equitable defenses to a debt to suing creditors for harassing you for money damages, attorney’s fees and costs, Stewart & Riley helps consumers.

Family Law

Family cases can be complicated and emotional. Stewart & Riley has the experience and knowledge to inform you and guide you through this difficult process. Your case is unique and deserves a personal approach in resolving these family law matters.


If you have been cited for an alleged traffic infraction (i.e. a traffic ticket), or if you were involved in an accident and want representation to avoid liability for property damage or personal injury, Stewart & Riley can help you.

Business Law

Stewart & Riley provides a wide range of business advice for small to medium-sized companies. From assistance in getting started to dealing with issues as they arise with your existing business, our law firm is here for all your legal needs.

Landlord & Tenant

Stewart & Riley deals with eviction lawsuits under Chapter 83 of Florida Statutes, common law claims, or an unlawful detainer action.

Brendan R. Riley

Brendan’s approach to the practice of law is inspired by compassion. Brendan finds fulfillment in helping people satisfy their needs and alleviate whatever personal anxieties they may have as a result of a legal issue in the areas of Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Family Law or Civil Litigation. Brendan recognizes that the most anxious and painful events people experience are related to legal problems.

Brendan has dedicated his professional career to solving such issues. Brendan has significant experience in courts around Florida, particularly in Adult Felony Drug Court. As a former Assistant Public Defender in Hillsborough County, Florida, Brendan continues to champion for the individual. Whether you have been injured in an accident, you are involved in a legal dispute that has landed you in court, or you have been accused of a crime, please do not hesitate to contact him. Brendan is admitted to practice throughout the State of Florida and the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida.

Brendan is willing and able to give your case the time and attention it deserves. In this era of technology, he is dedicated to utilizing the most efficient means in achieving his clients’ goals. When it comes to your case, time is of the essence. Please call upon Brendan to help get your case resolved favorably and behind you, so that you can move on with your life.

Brendan is a Florida native, where he has returned to live and practice law after attending law school in Michigan. Brendan was born and raised in Dade City, Florida. He attended Pasco High School and St. Leo University. Brendan considers serving the people of Florida a privilege. In addition to practicing law, he worked as a legal professor at Pasco Hernando State College. In so doing, he fulfilled an important role in giving back to the community. He taught in the areas of Cyber Law, Business Law and Commercial Transactions. Particularly, Brendan is proud of his involvement in Big Brothers Big Sisters, for which Brendan serves as a Big Brother.

In his free time, Brendan enjoys the beauty of Florida’s outdoors whenever possible. He can also be found playing his guitar and singing at local businesses in the Tampa Bay area.

N. John Stewart, Jr.

Attorney John Stewart has been a Florida resident for over 50 years and practicing law for over 40 years. He concentrates in the areas of Real Estate, Wills, Trusts, and other matters involving Estates. He also has experience with certain types of cases involving liability disputes, commercial and business litigation, and civil matters.

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree, University of South Florida
  • Juris Doctorate, Florida State College of Law
  • Highest “AV” rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Admitted to practice in Federal Court, Middle District of Florida; All Florida Courts,
    and the United States Supreme Court
  • Elder, Deacon, Member of Session, Westminister Presbyterian Church
  • Current Commodore of the Tarpon Springs Yacht Club
  • Outstanding Area Community Service Award, Previous West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Treasurer.
    Previous Director West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Chairman, Pasco Fine Arts Council
  • Genesis Preparatory School, Past Board of Trustee Member
  • Previous Parental Advisory Board Member, Richey Fundamental Elementary School
  • Founding Director, Citizens National Bank & Trust. Port Richey, FL
  • Past President of Rotary Club, New Port Richey Chapter
  • Previous King Pithla, Chasco Fiesta Ball
  • Current Member: West Pasco Rotary Club
  • Life Member, West Pasco Historical Society
  • Member (past), Coastal Rivers Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District
  • Charter Advisory Board (1974-75)
  • Chairman (past), Downtown Beautification Committee of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Executive Council of West Pasco Chamber of Commerce
  • Co-Chair – Volunteer Committee. Super Playground, Sims Park, New Port Richey
  • Director (past) – Center for Independence, Inc.
  • Executive Director (past) – Boy Scouts of America
  • Director (past) – Healing Hearts Ministry for Women, Inc.
  • Director Pasco Hernando Community College Foundation Board
  • Director – Hernando Pasco Hospice

Joe Milligan

Joe Milligan, an attorney with Stewart & Riley, has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1985.  Joe received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and his law degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis Missouri.

Over the years Joe has worked for several private law firms, two fortune 500 corporations, a county attorney and legal aid. As a private attorney, Joe has handled matters related to family law, debtor’s rights, estate planning, real estate, foreclosure defense and general business needs. Most recently, he has focused his energy on representing debtors in credit card and collection actions and homeowners in foreclosure actions.

Joe is passionate about the mission of Affordable Legal Group: to make legal services affordable to the middle class.  Joe believes that the expression “liberty and justice for all” has become nothing more than empty rhetoric.   It is not possible to have “liberty and justice for all” when more than 50% of the people who interact with our legal system do so without the benefit of consulting an attorney.

Joe believes that working people have become indentured servants; barely able to keep their heads above water, trying to meet monthly payments on credit cards, student loans and unconscionable mortgages.  Joe believes that this mountain of debt eventually manifests itself in a broad range of legal problems that cannot be equitably resolved without the services of an attorney.   These include wage garnishment, estate planning, abusive collection practices, mortgage foreclosures and divorce.

Joe believes that affordable legal services are a precondition to restoring integrity to our legal system.

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