Stuart is a founder of the firm's Public Strategies Group and co-heads the New York public strategies team, where he advocates on behalf of clients with decision makers in all branches of local, state, and federal government. He is respected by his colleagues and clients for his resourcefulness, creativity, intellect, and passion.
Over the past three decades, Stuart has been actively involved in national, local, and state politics. He has represented colleges, ports, major insurance companies, industry associations, not-for-profit organizations, and a host of companies and entrepreneurs seeking change in government policy or an opportunity to present their positions and have their voices heard. He has served on transition teams at the national level for President Clinton, as well as statewide officeholders. He has provided strategic advice to literally hundreds of candidates, including senators, governors, congressmen, and local and state officeholders, and office seekers in New York. Stuart is a member of the Advisory Board of the Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, and was a recipient of their 2017 Distinguished Service Award.
Stuart’s legal career has been spent in the areas of communications and corporate law, where he has represented a wide range of clients in the broadcast, cable, broadband, new media, and publishing industries, serving as regulatory and licensing counsel before the Federal Communications Commission and representing clients in hundreds of transactions, including sales, acquisitions and financings, and operational matters.
In January 2017, Stuart was named to City & State’s annual 50 Over 50 Awards, which honors New York’s prominent leaders in government, business, and media over the age of 50. Additionally, Stuart earned the prestigious recognition as one of the 10 Lifetime Award winners, joining the ranks of the most notable public servants in New York City who have committed decades of their lives to making the city a better place.
Stuart was the first member from outside of Washington, D.C., to serve on the Executive Committee of the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA). He has served as an officer of the FCBA and has co-chaired its law journal, membership, and mass media committees, and is chair of its Transactional Practice Committee and co-chair of its New York Chapter. In 1995, he received that association's highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. He is also general counsel and a member of the board of directors of the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS). He has served as a member of the Subcommittee on Communications Law of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and as a director of the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System and taught communications law on an adjunct basis at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. He has lectured frequently at national conventions and has authored numerous articles on communications law issues. His case, Steele v. FCC, established a landmark constitutional precedent in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Stuart is an avid Blue Devils fan having earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, where he was named a University Scholar.