A retired member of the BC Law Society and former partner with Rush, Crane, Guenther, Stuart provided litigation advice to the Okanagan and Haida as well as the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation. He has written extensively on Aboriginal title and rights and the use of oral history as evidence.
Stuart practiced in BC in the areas of criminal, civil, labour and Aboriginal law since he was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1971. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1992.
Stuart has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, B.C. Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of BC, Queens Bench of Alberta, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the BC Labour Relations Board and arbitration boards in BC and throughout Canada.
He has represented tribal organizations in aboriginal litigation throughout Canada, and worked on such leading cases as Delgamuukw (on which he acted as lead counsel), Guerin, Van der Peet, NTC Smokehouse, Gladstone and Haida Nation.
Stuart has also acted as counsel on behalf of several unions, including the Canadian Auto Workers and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, before many administrative tribunals and boards.
He also works with several environmental organizations, including Ecojustice, West Coast Environmental Law, and the Environmental Law Centre Associates Program of the University of Victoria Law School. He is presently Chair of the YVR Art Foundation.
After receiving a B.A. in History from the University of Western Ontario in 1967, he obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia in 1970.