Stuart came to BDS following 30 years in a private criminal defense practice that concentrated on representing the accused at trial and on appeal in State and Federal Courts. During that time Stuart tried over 100 felonies to verdict and perfected more than 40 appeals. He prevailed in the majority of his trials and obtained reversals in the Appellate Division and The New York Court of Appeals.
Stuart started his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney, Kings County. He served in Trial Bureaus and the Appeals Bureau.
Aside from his law degree Stuart has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. Stuart’s final job in Special Ed was as the Program Director for approximately 200 multiply-handicapped children where he supervised a staff of 40 teachers, physical therapists and an adaptive equipment workshop.
Stuart served as a Commissioner on The Montclair Civil Rights Commission where he chaired the Police-Community Relations Committee for 10 years. He also served on The Juvenile Conference Committee, a branch of the Essex County Family Court that seeks alternative programs rather than juvenile delinquency adjudications for juvenile offenders.