Trendsetter to Know: Attorney Gary L. Stuart

Name: Gary L. Stuart



Age: 80

Title: Author, Legal Historian

Married/Single: Married

Kids: three

City you live in: Phoenix in the winter—Placitas, NM,  in the summer.

A typical day in my life includes… Writing, lawyering, advancing the Rule of Law, reading, emailing, arguing, fretting about political absurdities, running two small businesses, blogging, asking for trouble and getting it, short naps, a decent Zinfandel once a day, hanging around law schools, high school basketball gyms, sitting up and taking nourishment, sunrises (even though I know it doesn’t actually rise).

I was born… just shy of WWII.

My favorite thing about Arizona… It’s dry, is at its best in February, has a nonfunctioning river, welcomes interesting people, has a great law school, great lawyers, a fine mayor, and is not NYC.

I’m listening to… Pre-21st Century C&W, iTunes, Seventies non-hard rock, jazz trombones & clarinets, and a little classical to soothe the noise from Washington, D.C.

My family… is why I feel so young and will live so long.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Irving Stone, so I could ask him how he wrote all those books and learned all that stuff.

One thing I cannot live without… Kathleen.

When I was younger, I wanted to be… exactly what I am. Of course, by younger, I assume you mean teenage years. When I was one, I just wanted to be two. 

I’m inspired by… people who live the lives they deserve and worked so hard to get . . . 

The one person who motivates me is… One is way too limited and besides, its’ not a person, it’s a thing . . . 

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… Hate. 

The perfect day would be… tomorrow.

My first job was… a lifeguard at a small-town municipal pool where even the lifeguards didn’t know much about pool safety and nothing at all about clean water.

My favorite escape… to the Land of Enchantment where everything is still—I don’t mean quiet—I mean still.

My life…Yes, right—it is mine.

I’m currently working on… a book about how the US came to have more guns than any other country. Why can’t we pass minimal gun ownership laws? What makes campus shootings inevitable?  

Always… a few hundred words on paper—a glass of wine—a joke—a friend—and Kathleen.

Never… at a loss for words. Never understanding how we elected a man who doesn’t read books. Never understanding what makes politicians tick. I think lunch at home is infinitely better than lunch at the public trough. 

Favorite Quote… “Lawyers always argue. They always win. The bastards.”

Biggest Dream… “Climate change—A wall was forgotten—Mostly women in office.

My Pet Peeve(s)… People who chew gum in public . . . posturing . . . lying as an art form . . . people who can’t believe what they believe . . .  racists, nationalists, stupid people and people who think cars are just to get from A to B … people who don’t love horses . . . robocalls . . . 

More About Gary L. Stuart:
Author and Legal Historian Gary L. Stuart describes himself as a “recovering lawyer, an adjunct law professor, a writer of things serious, amusing, settling and unsettling. I write about the law, our justice system, the American West, ethics, thrillers, mystery, and of course—writing. It’s easy—you just stare at your monitor until blood spots fall from your forehead—another writer said that and I’ve done it.”

The trial attorney turned best-selling author has been profiled in Who’s Who in American Law, Martindale-Hubbell’s Premier American Lawyers, Woodward & Whites’ Best Lawyers in America and Arizona’s Finest Lawyers and was inducted into the Maricopa County Bar Association’s Hall of Fame in 2010. 

In addition to his nonfiction work, psychological thrillers and blogging on the Ethics of Writing, Stuart is the author of Call Him Mac; Ernest W. McFarland, the Early Years, published by the U. of A. Press in 2018.  Call Him Mac is now available on Amazon and in bookstores nationwide. 

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