My Story –
I recall the initial impetus which led me towards law school and becoming a lawyer. I was in a high school English class during my sophomore year. My teacher “called me out” while I was disrupting the class, and said “if you think you’re so funny, why don’t you join the debate team.” Being 15 and having been challenged, I had “no choice”. I joined the speech and debate team, and a lawyer was born.
On the evening prior to my first day of law school in Washington, D.C., I made two “pilgrimages”. The first was to the Lincoln Memorial, where I thought about the impact which one man can make in the lives of others. I thought about civil rights and discrimination. At the time, I did not realize that my practice of law would lead me directly into these very areas.
The second visit of the evening was to the Supreme Court of the United States. I sat on the steps of the Supreme Court (where in 1990, I would eventually be admitted before the Bar of the Supreme Court), and pondered the years on which I was about to embark. Of course, I had no idea just how my career would unwind, meandering through 200+ attorney firms to my own solo practice. I knew, however, that I wanted to make a difference; I wanted to help real people.
Following law school, I returned home to New Jersey to practice law as an associate with two of the largest law firms in the State. I was fortunate to have been involved in many fascinating, and some odd, cases. If we meet, ask me about the “quack like a duck” case or the case in which I asked a witness to “please remove your right leg for the Court”, or my first actual trial in which the Judge several times had to say to me, “Mr. Address, you can’t do that right now”.
In 1993, I moved to Florida, and discovered the Treasure Coast in 1996. Desiring to eliminate bureaucracy and red tape, I opened my own practice in 2007. Here, in Stuart, in my own office, I am pleased to be able to provide the personalized attention in which I believe clients are entitled. I appreciate the opportunity to make decisions, with my clients, without the delay attributed to the necessity of several layers of approval. Here, I work to help you. Here, it is about you; I am your voice and your guide.
The most recent addition to the areas in which I practice is Family & Divorce law. This, too, is a result of my own personal life experiences. As a single father, with a 13 year old son, who resides primarily with me, there are many challenges in parenting, co-parenting, and interaction with a former spouse. While blessed to have quite competent representation of my own, the experience, which remains ongoing, led me to expand my practice into Family & Divorce law. I am sensitive to the needs of spouses who plan to become former spouses, and, where children are involved, to their ongoing needs as co-parents, and to the needs of those most important; the children.
Stuart M. Address