He 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.
Stuart was admitted to the Vermont Bar in 1975, and he has developed a diverse general practice. He is admitted to practice in Vermont state and federal courts. He is a member of the Vermont and Chittenden County Bar Associations.
In 1974, he 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.
He enjoys hunting, fishing and skiing, and is avid enthusiast of water sports. In 1977 he won the National Open Canoe White Water Championships.
Stuart is married, and has two adult children.