Phone: 408-289-1972

Alexander F. Stuart

Alexander F. Stuart

Direct: (408) 494-9204
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Alexander F. Stuart has more than three decades of experience practicing law in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, with a particular focus in commercial insurance litigation involving business, real estate, construction and professional liability matters. Mr. Stuart’s practice involves the representation of policyholders in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. He also represents clients in real estate and business litigation, and serves occasionally as a mediator in complex insurance cases.

Devoting his practice to the delivery of creative, cost-effective legal solutions to complex problems, Mr. Stuart has used summary adjudication and motion in limine procedures to test legal theories in advance of trial, saving clients significant legal expenses. While he has tried cases to verdict, his strategy is to use pretrial procedures and mediation as a method for resolving litigation disputes.

Prior to Willoughby, Stuart, Bening & Cook, Mr. Stuart was with the law firm Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel, where he developed, with his current partners Randall Willoughby and Bradley Bening, one of the first specialty insurance coverage and bad faith practices in Northern California.

Mr. Stuart is married and has two children. He had the privilege to coach both of his children in soccer for a decade. He has many interests, including still and video photography, skiing, fly-fishing, running and mountain biking. He is also a San Jose Sharks fan and looks forward every year to the playoffs, when the real hockey season begins.

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers, San Jose Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year,” 2013, 2016
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2006 – Present
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2004 – Present
  • AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • San Jose District 10 Honoree, 1994

Professional/Community Activities

  • Cancer CAREpoint, Board Member, 2011 – Present
  • San Jose Downtown Foundation, Board Member, 2003 – 2012
  • Leland Foundation for Excellence in Education, Founding Board Member, 1998 – 2007
  • San Jose Elections Commission, 1994 – 2002 (Chair, 1995, 1998 – 2002)
  • CYSA Soccer Coach, 1993 – 2002
  • San Jose Urban Design Review Board, Chair, 1993 – 2000
  • San Jose Arts Commission, 1987 – 1992 (Chair 1991 – 1992)
  • San Jose Historic Art Advisory Committee, Chair, 1990 – 1991
  • California State Bar Association, Member
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member


  • J. D., Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, 1980
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1977

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