STUART M. KATZ is a principal of Cohen and Wolf and Chair of the firm's Litigation Group. He is also a member of the firm's Employment & Labor and Physicians Practices Groups. Described in Chambers USA (2011 edition) as "practical, technically skilled and an excellent strategic thinker," he represents employers of all sizes in defending discrimination and harassment suits and litigating restrictive covenant, breach of contract, business tort and wage claims. He routinely provides guidance to employers regarding personnel policies, handbooks and employee discipline. Mr. Katz also represents professionals and executives in matters relating to their employment. In addition, he has extensive experience in matters involving disputes between owners of closely-held businesses, and in litigating other complex business disputes. He practices in both the state and federal courts, often acting as local counsel for out-of-state law firms and companies, and handles matters before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Department of Labor and other administrative agencies.
Mr. Katz has been recognized as a leading lawyer in Connecticut in the area of Labor & Employment Law, in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business (2008-2014). He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2013-2015 editions) for his work in the areas of Labor & Employment Litigation and Employment Law - Individuals and Management. He is recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" in Connecticut by Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, in the areas of Employment and General Commercial Litigation (2011-2014), and designated a Connecticut Super Lawyer, in the category of Employment Litigation: Defense (2006-2007, 2009-2014). Mr. Katz was selected to the Top 10 Connecticut Super Lawyers 2013-2014 lists and to the Top 50 Connecticut Super Lawyers 2012 list. He often lectures on employment law topics and has authored numerous articles in this area.
Mr. Katz is a member of the American Bar Association, Connecticut Bar Association (Executive Committee, Labor & Employment Section), and Greater Bridgeport Bar Association, and has served on the faculty for the Connecticut Trial Advocacy Institute. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut; the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Active in the community, Mr. Katz serves as an associate national commissioner and on the regional executive committee of the Anti-Defamation League and is a past-President of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden. He also serves on the boards of directors of Camp Ramah in New England and Ezra Academy, and the planning & allocations committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.
Mr. Katz received his B.A., cum laude, in 1989 from Brandeis University and his J.D. in 1992 from Boston University School of Law, where he served as articles editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine.