Stuart W. Lapp
Stuart has been practicing law for more than 30 years and joined Stibbs & Co. as a partner in September 2015. Prior to joining the firm, Stuart was General Counsel for a multi-state energy and real estate development company based in The Woodlands. He is an accomplished trial lawyer with significant experience in complex commercial cases, and has a wide range of business experience in commercial real estate, finance, corporate governance, government relations and business management.
He is a passionate and principled champion for his clients and has a deep knowledge base with skills honed during his years as a trial lawyer and as in-house counsel. Equally at home in the boardroom or the courtroom, Stuart possesses a unique skill set for a lawyer. He has been described as “a lawyer’s lawyer”. His experience as in-house counsel gives him an understanding of practical business issues while his experience as a trial lawyer allows him to analyze the same issues from a litigation perspective. He can provide clients with the information and tools necessary to make informed decisions. The result is a measured approach to finding solutions for clients.
Away from the office, Stuart is passionate about family, faith and Texas barbeque. He and his wife Eve have three daughters, and one granddaughter who frequently accompanies “Papa” on weekend trips to the office or wherever else he is going. They are active members of St. Anthony the Great Orthodox Christian Church where Stuart serves on the Parish Council and as chairman of the building committee. A self-described “barbecue nerd”, he is a graduate of Foodways Texas Barbecue Summer Camp and Camp Brisket at Texas A&M University, which he describes as a “fantasy camp for barbecue junkies”. He enjoys cooking barbecue on his smoker and sharing barbecue tips with anyone who will listen. In 2016, with the support of the firm, Stuart founded The Woodlands BBQ Festival to showcase local and regional Texas barbecue pitmasters and to benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association.
Stuart is active in the community and served as a board member for The Woodlands Area Economic Development Partnership from 2007-2016. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce and previously served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Chamber with oversight responsibility for the Business Advocacy Council, the Transportation Education Council and the annual Economic Outlook Conference. He also likes to share stories of the early days of The Woodlands when as a teenager he worked clearing trees for road construction and as a lifeguard at the Woodlands Athletic Center.