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  • Distinctions
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  • Affiliations

Overview

For approximately 30 years, Chuck Stohler has been the lead partner in Carmody’s Labor and Employment practice. Chambers USA calls him “an excellent lawyer,” “creative, strategic and conscientious,” “a veteran of employment law who knows the subject matter inside out” and as having “a wealth of HR experience, giving him valuable insight into the problems and opportunities of employment and labor law.”  His practical, common sense approach with clients distinguishes Chuck and the Carmody Labor & Employment practice.

Chuck’s overall employment law experience spans more than 35 years, including several stints as an HR professional.  Chuck has represented clients in virtually every aspect of employment law as well as traditional labor relations matters. He has appeared before the U.S. Departments of Labor, numerous state DOLs, the EEOC, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and other state FEP agencies, other administrative employment bodies and state and federal courts.

At the request of numerous parties, Chuck’s practice has focused on alternative dispute resolution, and he regularly serves as a neutral in mediations, arbitrations, fact findings and investigations. In particular, he has mediated numerous national and regional class and collective action wage-hour matters.  Chuck, and the Carmody Labor & Employment Group, provide training seminars and written materials on all aspects of the employment relationship.  These seminars include customized management training programs as well as presentations to state and national industry groups.

Experience

  • Conducted high-level investigations for Fortune 50 and regional companies in numerous offices nationwide.  Investigations involved C-Suite executives on matters relating to discrimination, harassment, Equal Pay Act issues, contract claims, whistleblower and employee violence
  • Mediates employment disputes, including FLSA and wage hour individual and collective action matters, discrimination, common law actions, executive compensation, and contract, non-compete and severance disputes
  • Conducted investigations for public Boards of Education and private schools of board members, teachers and employees
  • Regularly manages defense of U.S. and state wage and hour investigations
  • Successfully defended a multi-day, highly contested arbitration and NLRB matters involving the discharge of a union official
  • Regularly represents senior executives in contract, executive compensation and sophisticated benefit matters
  • Regularly represents for profit and non-profit employers in discrimination cases before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state FEP agencies
  • Designed and implemented compensation plans with private sector employers
  • Conducted high profile investigation of race charges made against municipal police department

Distinctions

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®  in the area of Employment Law, 2020
  • Appointed as a Special Master by Connecticut federal court Judge Janet B. Arterton in a nationwide wage and hour class and collective action case pending in Connecticut.
  • Highlighted in the 2018 edition of Chambers USA Guide to America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for placing in the Top Tier of Lawyers in Connecticut.
  • Highlighted as a Band 1 labor and employment attorney in Chambers USA, 2010-2018; Noted as “creative, strategic and conscientious,”  “a veteran of employment law, who knows the subject matter inside out” and as having “a wealth of HR experience, giving him a valuable insight into the problems and opportunities of employment and labor law.”
  • Selected for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor Law, 2007 – 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor Law, 2006 – 2018
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell © Peer Review Ratings
  • James W. Cooper Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Participant in a two day course by the American Bar Association Mediation Institute on Dispute Resolution – 2015
  • Attended 40 hour certification course by the American Arbitration Association on Essential Skills for the New Mediator – 2012
  • Panelist, American Conference Institute, National Forum on Wage-Hour Claims and Class Actions, Miami, FL (January 2016)
  • Phi Beta Kappa

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Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Employment Arbitrators, Member
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, Member
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Employment Mediators, Member
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment and ADR Sections
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment and ADR Sections
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment and ADR Executive Committee (former)
  • New York Bar Association, Labor and Employment and ADR Sections
  • New Haven Bar Association
  • Waterbury Bar Association
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM – Connecticut)

Community

  • Board Member, Community Mediation, Inc. (former)
  • Board Member, Waterbury Regional Chamber Health Care Council (former)
  • Member, New Haven Chamber of Commerce Human Resource Council
  • Former Moderator, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut (former)
  • Board Member, National Conference on Community and Justice, Connecticut/Western Massachusetts (former)

Testimonials

Legal matters can cause angst, but working with Chuck left us feeling comfortable and knowledgeable that we were dealing with a highly intelligent attorney backed by an excellent firm.

Local Superintendent of Schools

He has a very good practical approach to problem solving. He has been doing this a long time and I’ve never really seen anything rattle him. He’s very practical and methodical in dealing with problems on a step-by-step basis.

Chambers USA, 2018

We were pleased with the outcome and Chuck’s entire approach and demeanor today. He came prepared, had spoken in advance with both side, did his homework on the Judge and relevant case law for this matter. He had a professional, calm style about him, even 12 hours into the process when things got intense and tempers were flaring.

Deputy General Counsel of a National Manufacturer and Distributor following successful mediation

I am very pro-mediation and end up mediating cases all around the U.S. and Canada. I must say that Chuck will be at the top of my list for any further cases we have in the Northeast.

Deputy General Counsel of a National Manufacturer and Distributor following successful mediation

Events & Speaking Engagements

Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Seminar – September 2019

8:30am Carmody Law Waterbury Office

American Bar Association: SEER Fall Conference

11:15am The Westin Copley Place