Stuart was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1975, and he has developed a diverse general practice. He is also the founding member of Bennett & Zaikowski, P.C. He is admitted to practice in Vermont state and federal courts. He is a member of the Vermont and Chittenden County Bar Associations.
Stuart received his B.A. degree from Oberlin College in Ohio, in 1970. After college, he moved to Washington, D.C. to work on Capitol Hill and to clerk at the law firm of Covington and Burling. He received his J.D. degree from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. in 1974.
In 1974, Stuart helped found the Vermont Apartment Owners Association, LLC which is a trade association representing residential and commercial landlords throughout Vermont. In this capacity, he sits on numerous legislative study committees and participates in drafting legislation, codes, and regulations impacting owning, financing, and operating residential and commercial rental real estate. Stuart also owns rental properties himself.