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About the Firm

In 1991, after practicing for many years as a partner in several national labor and employment law firms, Fred Stuart struck out on his own to start a new labor and employment firm based on a different concept of practicing law.  Fred’s vision was to build a firm without all the trappings of success that traditional law firms seem to encounter. His focus was on keeping overhead low so that he could provide top quality legal services at a fair price. Fred also discarded the traditional law firm structure. Rather than “leveraging” associates and building complex “revenue sharing” pyramids, he instituted an “eat what you kill” structure under which partners and associates were expected to support their own firm footprint.  In 1996, Fred went in house with Robert Bosch LLC, becoming their vice president of labor relations and employment, leaving his former partners to carry on the traditions of the firm.


In 2002, Fred’s son Andrew graduated from law school. Following in his father’s footsteps, Andrew began representing companies in labor and employment matters. He joined his father’s old firm, where he gained substantial experience as a litigator. Over the next few years, Andrew broadened his practice to include general federal litigation and the occasional plaintiff’s case. He also formed a strong bond of friendship with his colleague Gordon Johnston, a lawyer then with more than 20 years of experience in the field.


As the Great Recession began to unfold, Gordon and Andrew watched as many of their clients struggled in a souring economy, and they spent many hours looking at strategies to maximize the value of their legal services. They concluded that high quality legal services with a renewed emphasis on efficiency would be the “new normal” in post recession America. In short, the legal profession would either have to reinvent itself or suffer the consequences.


In 2009, Stuart & Johnston, LLC was born. Shortly thereafter, Fred Stuart retired from his long time position with Bosch and joined the firm, bringing not only his entrepreneurial spirit, but also fifteen years of valuable in-house experience. Today, Stuart & Johnston uses the innovative and efficient approaches the firm has developed to help clients face even the most difficult challenges.







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