D. Charles Stohler
Partner
New Haven
203.575.2626
203.575.2600
203.592.7818

Education

  • Duke University School of Law, Law School
    J.D. 1981
  • Muhlenberg College, Undergraduate
    A.B. 1978
    ~ summa cum laude

Admissions

  • Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • Connecticut
  • New York
  • Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
"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
"Charles Stohler has an excellent reputation for his strength in alternative dispute resolution. He is well versed in defending clients against wage and hour and discrimination claims."
- Chambers USA, 2015
"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."
- Chambers USA, 2013

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 30 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.

  • 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

  • Highlighted as a Band 1 labor and employment attorney in Chambers USA, 2010-2017; 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 - 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers in the area of Employment & Labor Law, 2006 - 2016
  • Rate “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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Community Involvement

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

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 Hospital Lawyers Association Dispute Resolver Panel, Member
  • American Dispute Resolution Center Panel of Labor Arbitrators and Mediators, Member
  • American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section
  • Connecticut Bar Association, Labor and Employment Executive Committee (former)
  • Waterbury Bar Association
  • HR Leadership Forum of Southern New England
  • Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM – Connecticut)