Overview

Stuart is the only lawyer in Connecticut who has been named "Lawyer of the Year" by the Best Lawyers in America for representing both Management and Individuals in the area of Employment Law, recognition that reflects his unique experience on both sides of the employer-employee relationship. A strong advocate who brings a strategic, big picture approach to every case, Stuart has been recognized in Chambers USA (2017) for the "superb quality of his counsel and representation".

Employment Law

Stuart represents employers of all sizes in defending a wide range of discrimination and harassment suits and litigating restrictive covenant, breach of contract and wage claims. Stuart also represents professionals and executives in matters relating to their employment.  He routinely provides workplace trainings and guidance to employers and employees regarding personnel policies, handbooks and employee discipline. Stuart’s employment practice includes representation of clients in both state and federal courts, often acting as local counsel for out-of-state law firms and companies. He regularly handles matters before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Department of Labor and other administrative agencies. Stuart also serves as an arbitrator and mediator for employment disputes.

Commercial Litigation

As chair of the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, Stuart handles complex business disputes of all kinds.  He represents clients ranging from owners of closely-held businesses to municipalities in cases involving claims of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violations of the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA), and various business torts.  He regularly appears in both state and federal courts and before alternate dispute resolution organizations such as the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), as well as other arbitration and mediation neutrals.

Involvement

Stuart chairs the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, which has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at promoting greater diversity and inclusion in the legal field, and at Cohen and Wolf.  He has previously chaired the firm’s Marketing and Recruitment committees.

Stuart currently serves as president of the board of directors of Camp Ramah in New England. He also served for many years as an associate national commissioner and on the regional executive committee of the Anti-Defamation League and on the board of directors of Ezra Academy. He is a past-President of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden. 

Credentials

Education

Boston University, J.D., 1992
    •  Articles Editor, American Journal of Law and Medicine

 Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude 1989

Admissions

  • Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Honors & Awards

Benchmark Litigation Star, 2011-present

Benchmark Litigation Labor & Employment Star, Northeast, 2019

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”, Employment Law-Management, Stamford, CT metro area, 2018

Best Lawyers® “Lawyer of the Year”, Employment Law-Individuals, Stamford, CT metro area, 2016

Best Lawyers®, Employment Law, Management and Individuals, 2013-present

Best Lawyers®, Litigation, Labor & Employment, 2013-present

Chambers USA, Employment Law, 2008-present

Connecticut Super Lawyers “Top Ten” List, 2013-2015

Connecticut Super Lawyers “Top 50” List, 2012-2018

Super Lawyers®, "Top 100 New England Super Lawyers". 2013-2015, 2017-2019

Connecticut Super Lawyers®, 2009-present

Martindale-Hubbell®, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating

ADL Daniel Ginsberg Leadership Award, 1997

Connecticut Law Tribune, "New Leader in the Law" Award, 2003

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News

Publications

Professional Affiliations

American Bar Association

Connecticut Bar Association
    •  Labor & Employment Section, Executive Committee

Greater Bridgeport Bar Association

National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM):  Arbitrator and Mediator

Support Staff

Donna Santana
203.337.4197
dsantana@cohenandwolf.com

Community Involvement

Camp Ramah in New England, President, 2018- Present

Ezra Academy, Former member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors, 2014-2018

Anti-Defamation League, Associate National Commissioner, Regional Executive Committee, 1996-2016

Temple Beth Sholom, Past President, 2006-2008

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