Attorney Profile

Stuart C. Gilliam brings two distinct skill sets to the practice of special education law.

Legal Background


After graduating from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1985 and upon passing the California Bar Exam, Stuart Gilliam joined the Walnut Creek law firm of McNamara, Houston, Dodge, McClure & Ney.  In 1994, in recognition of his skill and contribution to the firm, he was made a partner.  

In 2002, Stuart was pleased to receive an AV rating from Martindale-Hubble.  This indicates the highest peer rating on ethics and knowledge of the law.

Stuart joined the partnership of Bennett, Samuelsen, Reynolds & Allard of Alameda, CA, in 2007.  At both firms, he specialized in litigation and insurance coverage with emphasis on mediation and successful resolution of complex cases. 


In 2013, Stuart decided to leave the practice of civil litigation to pursue the practice of special education law.   To this practice he brings over 25 years of legal experience in the realm of civil litigation and a special interest in--and deep personal commitment to--education for the disabled.

Personal Background


In 1990, Stuart and his wife, Rhonda, celebrated the birth of their second child, Timothy.  It soon became apparent that Tim had significant developmental issues.  And so, while juggling a full-time law practice, Stuart and his wife embarked on an unanticipated journey into the special education process, developing a firsthand--and very personal--knowledge of special education law. 


Stuart has been involved with special needs children for the past fifteen years through Scouting (Committee Chair of Troop 1994, Mount Diablo Silverado Council, a scout troop devoted to young men with special needs), Challenger Baseball (a division of Little League Baseball for individuals with special needs) and VIP Soccer (a soccer league for the developmentally and physically challenged). 


Through his many contacts, Stuart has seen what appropriate education can do for those with disabilities.  He is passionate about assisting children and their families in obtaining the appropriate education for their child. 


Tim has been in a special education setting since preschool, and Stuart and Rhonda have been his advocates every step of the way.  Tim is now in the Transition to Independent Living program at Taft College in Taft, California.