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, these attributes have been recognized in Chambers USA where sources say: “He works with clients very well and keeps them informed. He is one of my go-to people for employment litigation and is all-around excellent."

Employment Law

Stuart leads the firm’s Employment Counseling & Litigation Group.  He 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. His clients include employers in industries such as healthcare, financial services, higher education, technology, construction, retail, and municipalities.

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, internal investigations, 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 and is a member of the American Arbitration Association's Panel of Employment Arbitrators.

Commercial Litigation

A former chair of the firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group, Stuart handles complex business disputes of all kinds.  His clients include owners of closely-held businesses, universities, financial services firms, medical and dental practices, and 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.


Stuart serves on a number of the firm’s management committees and chairs its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.  This committee has undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at promoting greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal field, and at Cohen and Wolf.  Stuart has previously chaired the firm’s Marketing and Recruitment committees.

Outside the office, Stuart is a past-president and longtime member of the board of directors of Camp Ramah in New England (President, 2018-2022). He is a member of the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association's 2024 New Haven Heart Walk. Stuart 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, and is a past-President of Temple Beth Sholom in Hamden. 



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

 Brandeis University, B.A., cum laude 1989


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

Honors & Awards

Chambers USA®, Employment Law, 2008-2023

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

Best Lawyers in America® “Lawyer of the Year”, Employment Law-Individuals, Stamford, CT metro area, 2016, 2022

Best Lawyers in America®, Employment Law - Management and Individuals, 2013-2024

Best Lawyers in America®, Litigation, Labor & Employment, 2013-2024 

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

Connecticut Super Lawyers® “Top 50” List, 2012-2018, 2021, 2023 

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

Connecticut Super Lawyers®, 2009-2023 

Benchmark Litigation® "Litigation Star", 2011-2024 

Benchmark Litigation®  "Litigation Star, Labor & Employment", Northeast, 2019-2024

The Employment Lawyers, 2023

Martindale-Hubbell®, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Rating

Moffly Media's "Top Lawyers in Fairfield County", Civil Law Litigation, 2021, 2023 

Business Today®, Top 10 Most Influential Labor & Employment Lawyers in Connecticut, 2023 

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

ADL Daniel Ginsberg Leadership Award, 1997



Speaking Engagements


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

Community Involvement

American Heart Association -  2024 New Haven Heart Walk, Executive Leadership Team

Camp Ramah in New England, President, 2018- 2022 (Board of Directors, 2012-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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