As a Ventura County native, Stuart has a profound appreciation for the distinct character and history of the county, and embraces the unique challenges, opportunities and rewards that come with living and working in the region. With his practice focused on complex real estate and land use issues, business transactions, and public agency representation, he helps ensure the county’s continued high quality of life. He has assisted numerous clients in navigating their way through complicated sales, acquisitions, business formations, leasing, entitlement, construction, financing, and a wide variety of other real estate and business matters. He has successfully represented clients before public agencies on a broad range of land use, environmental and other real property matters, and has considerable expertise with the complex body of laws and regulations applicable to the ownership, use and development of real estate.
Stuart has assisted a number of local nonprofit organizations with various projects on a pro bono basis, including the Museum of Ventura County and the Ventura Botanical Gardens, which he assisted in finalizing a long-term lease with the City of Ventura to secure a site for the future development of the gardens in Grant Park.
Prior to joining Nelson Comis Kettle & Kinney LLP as a partner, Stuart gained valuable experience practicing in the Environment, Land & Resources Department in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins, in the Real Estate and Public Law Practice Groups at Hatch & Parent in Santa Barbara, and in the Real Estate and Business Law Practice Groups at A to Z Law in Oxnard.