I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. I started law school in 2001 and graduated from Syracuse Law School in 2003. Prior to that I received my bachelor’s degree in 2000 from Arizona State University. After becoming licensed to practice law in Arizona in 2004, I worked for a couple of law firms before co-founding Stuart & Blackwell in 2011 with Kristy. Kristy and I focus on adoption, adoption litigation, foster parent and dependency litigation, guardianships, estate planning, and family law and related litigation.
I am an active member of the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, which is dedicated to the promotion and development of highly competent, ethical practices in adoption and children’s law. I am also a member of the Arizona Adoption Coalition, a statewide non-profit group of adoption agencies and professionals dedicated to improving adoption services and promoting adoption.
My professional goal is to educate the community about adoption; promote adoption; prevent children from falling into the foster care system; maintain children in stable, loving homes; and promote guardianships by relatives when adoption is not available.
On a personal note, I have been married to my wife, Allison, for over 20 years. We are both Arizona natives and together we are raising 5 children in Mesa, Arizona.
I’ve served as president of my local little league for 8 years and have coached many of my boy’s baseball teams throughout the years. I have also been actively involved in The Boy Scouts of America and served in many leadership positions in the local scout troop.
When I’m not practicing law, I enjoy baseball, visiting my cabin to relax, listening to sports radio, and wrangling my kids.