Stuart Rossman is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center ("NCLC") and has served as its Director of Litigation since 1999. NCLC is a 43 year old national non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to the representation of low income and elderly consumers. It focuses its efforts on the areas of consumer credit, maintaining affordable home ownership and access to utilities. Stuart is the co-editor of the 7th Edition of the NCLC Consumer Class Actions manual and coordinates NCLC's Consumer Class Action Symposium. He is a 1975 graduate of the University of Michigan, summa cum laud, and graduated from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1978. After 13 years of private trial practice in Boston, Stuart served as Chief of the Trial Division and Chief of the Business and Labor Protection Bureau at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office from 1991-1999. As founding chairman of the Boston Bar Association (BBA) Young Lawyers Section he co-authored and edited a handbook on the rights of the homeless in Massachusetts, which received the American Bar Association's Young Lawyer's Division Award of Achievement in 1989. Stuart is the former Chairman of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Massachusetts' largest pro bono legal referral service program, and currently serves on the Board for the National Association of Consumer Advocates. Since 1992 he has been a member of the adjunct faculty at the Northeastern University School of Law where he teaches courses in Civil Trial Advocacy and was appointed the 2010 Givelber Distinguished Lecturer on Public Interest Law. He also is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Suffolk University School of Law. In 1994, Stuart was recognized by the Boston Jaycees with their Ten Outstanding Young Leaders Award. In 2004, Stuart and his co-counsel were selected as Finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for their contribution to the public interest through their work on the case of Coleman v. General Motors Acceptance Corporation. He also was awarded the 2005 Thurgood Marshall Award by the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and its Wall Street Project.
He is co-author of NCLC's Consumer Class Actions.