About Stohler ADR

After 40 years of practice as a Labor and Employment lawyer and Senior Human Resources professional, Chuck Stohler has established STOHLER ADR PLLC. Over the past 15 years, Chuck’s practice has transformed to a full time neutral. This resulted from him being asked by the courts and employee and employer lawyers to serve as a Mediator, Arbitrator, Fact Finder, Investigator and Special Master. These assignments have deepened Chuck’s experience in Labor and Employment law as well as highlighted his personality, which makes him well suited to work as a neutral – professionally, calmly, efficiently and fairly. These successful assignments have allowed Chuck to establish STOHLER ADR PLLC to provide quality ADR services in New England, New York and across the country.

STOHLER ADR will continue Chuck’s services in private and court-ordered Mediations, Arbitrations, Investigations, Early Case Evaluations and other forms of dispute resolution in all types of Labor and Employment and commercial disputes including wage hour individual and collective actions, independent contractor claims, discrimination, contract issues, common law actions, executive compensation, ERISA/employee benefits, non-competes, severance disputes and traditional Labor Relations contract and grievance matters.

Chuck has had significant experience in resolving nationwide class actions as a Mediator and a Special Master. Chuck regularly serves as an Arbitrator in cases with multiple claimants, particularly in state wage-hour and FLSA collective and class actions disputes. Chuck’s experience in traditional Labor Relations matters allows him to serve as a Labor Arbitrator in grievance arbitrations as well as in the Mediation of collective bargaining contract disputes and related issues.

With the transformation to virtual proceedings, Chuck’s practice has become increasingly national in scope.  In 2021, he regularly handled Mediations and Arbitrations throughout the U.S., particularly in California.  Most of the Mediations have been class or collective actions, several with significant California state law issues, notably including the California Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA).  These cases have resulted in settlements involving large classes and multi-million dollar agreements. See Mediation section.

STOHLER ADR PLLC has the systems in place to provide seamless services, structure and cost-effective administrative support for all types of ADR proceedings. Chuck is prepared to do in person proceedings, but has held more than 100 Mediation and Arbitration proceedings in the online virtual environment using the Zoom platform. Often cost and travel considerations dictate the best platform for the proceeding.

Testimonials

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 Distribution following successful mediation

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.

Chambers USA

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

About Chuck Stohler

For more than 30 years, Chuck Stohler was the lead partner in Carmody Torrance Sandak and Hennessey’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 distinguished Chuck as a private lawyer and continues to do so as a neutral.

Chuck’s overall employment law experience spans more than 40 years, including several stints as a Senior HR professional. Chuck 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 NLRB, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the New York Division of Human Rights and other state FEP agencies, other administrative employment bodies and state and federal courts.

At the request of employee and employer lawyers, private and public institutions and the courts, Chuck’s practice has focused on alternative dispute resolution. He serves as a neutral in mediations, arbitrations, fact findings and investigations. In particular, he has mediated numerous national and regional large class and collective action wage-hour matters.

ADR Experience

Experience

  • Mediated employment disputes, including FLSA and wage hour individual and collective actions, independent contractor claims, discrimination, common law tort and contract actions, executive compensation, ERISA, employment contract, non-compete and severance disputes
  • Arbitrated traditional labor and employment, compensation and benefits disputes, C-suite contract issues, discrimination, non-competes, ERISA claims, independent contractor, and wage-hour disputes.
  • Conducted high-level Fact-Findings and investigations for Fortune 50 and regional companies and financial institutions nationwide.  Investigations have involved C-Suite executives relating to discrimination, harassment, Equal Pay Act issues, contract claims, whistleblower and employee violence
  • Conducted investigations for private and public Boards of Education and private schools
  • Conducted high profile investigation of race charges made against municipal police department
  • Mediated collective bargaining contract disputes
  • Arbitrated grievance arbitrations and employee benefit disputes, including with Taft-Hartley plans
  • Experienced in E-Discovery disputes, health law, franchise issues, and financial industry executive compensation and contract matters
  • Experienced in Commercial disputes, such as franchise revocations, consumer issues, minor probate matters.  Have handled community issues

ADR Highlights

ADR Highlights

Since 2005, Chuck has served as a Neutral Mediator, Arbitrator, Special Master, Investigator and Factfinder:

  • Mediator in more than 200 Mediations, many multi-party and class actions
  • Significant Class and Collective Action experience under the FLSA and state wage hour laws as well as Title VII. Handled more than 75 class actions with class sizes up to 30,000 members and settlements as high as approximately $30 Million
  • Served as Arbitrator in more than 140 Arbitrations, approximately 20 Mass Claims. Served as Settlement Arbitrator in case involving more than 140 individual arbitration claimants
  • Appointed by federal court as Special Master in multi-state wage-hour damages class action
  • Handled all types wage hour matters under the FLSA and state laws including minimum wage, overtime, misclassification, independent contractor, off-the-clock, wage theft, tip credit, Motor Carrier Exemption, Long Haul trucker regulations, exotic dancers
  • Other employment matters include: Executive Compensation and benefits, ERISA, Family & Medical Leave Act; discrimination (age, sex, race, national origin, disability, religion, sexual orientation); statutory and common law claims (contract and torts such as defamation, emotional distress, free speech, privacy; retaliation actions (including workers’ compensation and whistleblower
  • Arbitrated (and participated as advocate) in more than 150 Labor Arbitrations on just cause discharge and work rule disputes in private and public sector settings
  • Participant as advocate in 150 Mediation sessions, 200 Arbitrations, including more than 150 Labor Grievance Arbitrations
  • American Arbitration Association 40-hour Essential Mediation Skills course; AAA Arbitrator courses approximately twice per year
  • American Arbitration Association Labor Arbitrator I and II course
  • Panelist and speaker at numerous seminars on Mediation of Wage Hour Class Actions and on Arbitration issues
  • Attendance at annual ABA ADR Conferences. ABA and CPR training on Virtual Mediations
  • Has handled approximately 80 Virtual Mediationsand 15 Virtual Arbitrations

Industries and Institutions Served

Industries and Institutions Served

  • Health Care
  • Nationwide Long-Haul Trucking
  • National Retailers
  • Restaurants
  • Hospitality
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Education – Public and Private
  • Distribution and Logistics
  • Financial Services
  • Auto Dealers
  • Furniture Stores
  • Exotic Dancer Clubs
  • Information technology
  • Cleaning
  • Construction
  • Limousine
  • Moving

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training and Presentations

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training and Presentations

  • AAA Labor Arbitrator I and II Workshop, 2021
  • CPR Imperfect Impartiality: How Neutrals Can Combat Implicit Bias, 2021
  • AAA Impartiality: Do You Know Where Your Biases Are? 2021
  • CPR Cybersecurity Series 2021
  • CPR Employment Arbitrator Pathways Program, 2020
  • AAA Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility, 2020
  • AAA Adoption of Initial Employment and FLSA Discovery Protocols, 2020
  • AAA Case Finances: What Arbitrators Need to Know, 2019
  • AAA Advanced Mediator Training Series: Managing the Dynamics of a Multi-Party Case, 2019
  • ABA 21st Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 2019
  • CBA The Anatomy of Class Action, February 2019
  • Arbitrator Performance and Demeanor- Meeting Participant Expectations, 2018
  • AAA Exercising Arbitrator Discretion: A Look at Some Best Practices, 2017
  • CBA The Arbitration Pre-Hearing Conference, September 2017
  • ABA Webinar, What I Wish My Mediators Knew, March 2017
  • Panelist, American Conference Institute, National Forum on Wage-Hour Claims and Class Actions, Miami, FL, January 2017
  • AAA Protecting Your Award from Appellate Challenge, 2016
  • ABA Webinar, Mediation FAQ: Top Five Questions Answered, July 2016
  • American Conference Institute, National Forum on Wage-Hour Claims and Class Actions, Miami, FL, January 2016
  • ABA Advanced Mediation Institute, Atlanta, GA, 2015
  • AAA Avoiding Ten Common Missteps Arbitrators Make, 2015
  • AAA Essential Mediation Skills for the New Mediator, 2013
  • CBA Presentation on Effective Mediations, 2012
  • AAA Webinar, How to Become a More Innovative Neutral or Advocate: Applying Cutting Edge Innovation Management Techniques to Your ADR Practice, 2012
  • ABA Seminar, Overview and Current Trends in Mediation and Arbitration, 2011
  • AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2009
  • CBA Mediation Training, 2009
  • National Business Institute, Mediation: A Valuable Tool for Litigators, 2008
  • AAA Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure, 2006
  • AAA Employment Arbitrator II: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2005
  • AAA Arbitrator I Training-Fundamentals of the Arbitration Process, 2004
  • Harvard/MIT, The Program on Negotiations, 2002

Recognition

Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®  in the area of Employment Law and ADR, 2020-2021
  • 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 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, 2010-2021; 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 – 2021
  • Selected for inclusion in Connecticut Super Lawyers® in the area of Employment & Labor Law, 2006 – 2021
  • Rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell © Peer Review Ratings
  • James W. Cooper Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Foundation
  • Phi Beta Kappa

Affiliations

Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Employment Arbitrators, Member since 2006
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, Member since 2006
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Employment Mediators, Member since 2013
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Labor Arbitrators since 2021
  • American Arbitration Association Panel of Consumer Arbitrators since 2021
  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panelist: Employment, E-Discovery and Financial since 2020
  • The Labor Relations Connection Panel of Arbitrators since 2021
  • American Dispute Resolution Center Labor of Employment and Commercial panelist since 2010
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) Panelist
  • Member American, Connecticut and New York  Bar Associations, Labor and Employment and ADR Sections
  • Admitted to the Bar:
    • Pennsylvania,1981; Connecticut, 1982; New York, 2017
    • U.S. District Court: Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 1982; District of Connecticut, 1982
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1982.

Prior Employment and Education

Prior Employment and Education

  • Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey LLP, 1988-2020
  • Director of Personnel Administration/Executive Assistant to President, Otis Elevator Co., 1984-88;
  • Attorney, Robinson & Cole, 1982-84;
  • Attorney, Tryon, Friedman & Espenshade, 1981-82
  • Muhlenberg College A.B., summa cum laude
  • Duke University School of Law

Community

Community

  • Board Member, Community Mediation, Inc. (former)
  • Moderator, Asylum Hill Congregational Church, Hartford, Connecticut (former)
  • Board Member, National Conference on Community and Justice, Connecticut/Western Massachusetts (former)