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. In the two years since starting Stohler ADR PLLC, the practice has expanded nationally, particularly in California and Texas. Chuck now operates from a second location in Utah. The prevalence of virtual proceedings has allowed this geographic expansion because proceedings can be held efficiently and cost effectively regardless of the locations of the participants.
STOHLER ADR continues 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, Title IX and education issues, 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 200 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, and Chuck prefers the virtual platform.