Arbitrating Employment Disputes – C10

The Workplace Track
Labor Law Section 

Session C: 2:15 p.m. – 3:45 p.m

This session will be a practical review of current hot topics and practice tips in employment arbitrations including: arbitrator selection, management conference, pleadings, discovery, dispositive motions, mandatory arbitration clauses and class action issues as well as a discussion of the differences between arbitration and litigation. The session will be informal and interactive with a focus on suggestions and tips that are “not written in the rules.” 


David Rintoul, Zeldes Needle and Cooper PC, Bridgeport

Attorney Rintoul has a diverse ERISA benefits, business law, employment law, and general litigation practice throughout Fairfield County and the State of Connecticut. He advises employers and employees regarding Connecticut non-competition and employment agreements, severance and separation agreements, and he advises and represents employees in a wide variety of other employment matters as well.

Attorney Rintoul has substantial litigation experience, having handled numerous trials and appeals in state and federal court, as well as many administrative hearings before many state agencies including the Connecticut Retirement Services Division Commission and Medical Examination Board, the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, the Freedom of Information Commission, Department of Insurance External Review, and local zoning agencies. He has been class counsel in national and Connecticut class action lawsuits. He represents claimants in long-term disability benefit appeals, for both group ERISA plans, private disability insurance, health insurance claim denials, and State of Connecticut pension and private pension matters.  He has an active Connecticut real estate litigation practice, including zoning appeals, adverse possession, boundary line disputes, easements, and breach of contract. He has represented many unmarried couples and family members who co-own real estate but can no longer effectively own the property together.

Attorney Rintoul also regularly lectures and writes on a variety of subjects on Connecticut law. He has taught seminars in a broad range of employment and employee benefit matters for the Connecticut Bar Association and other continuing legal education organizations. He has lectured nationally on business and legal issues involved with professional and consulting practices.

Attorney Rintoul is admitted to practice in Connecticut, and is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association. He is Chair of the Labor & Employment Section of the Connecticut Bar Association for 2016-2017. He was named a Connecticut Super Lawyers in 2006 and 2016.
Joseph D. Garrison, Garrison Levin-Epstein Richardson Fitzgerald & Pirrotti PC, New Haven  

Attorney Garrison is the senior partner at Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti, P.C., in New Haven, Connecticut, where he practices employment law on behalf of employees.  Joe is an elected member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.  He served for three years as President of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and was a Charter Fellow in the Board of Governors of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, later serving as its national President.  As an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI), Joe has been substantially involved in drafting the highly-influential Restatement (Third) of Employment Law, which was published in 2014.  In 2015, The Connecticut Law Tribune honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  In January, 2017 became a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  He increasingly focuses his practice on mediation and arbitration and has served since 2009 as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Arbitration Association (AAA).



D. Charles Stohler, Carmody Torrance Sandak & Hennessey, New Haven 

For approximately 30 years, Chuck Stohler has been the lead partner in Carmody’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 distinguishes Chuck and the Carmody Labor & Employment practice.

Chuck’s overall employment law experience spans more than 30 years, including several stints as an HR professional.  Chuck has 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 Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities and other state FEP agencies, other administrative employment bodies and state and federal courts.

At the request of numerous parties, Chuck’s practice has focused on alternative dispute resolution, and he regularly serves as a neutral in mediations, arbitrations, fact findings and investigations. In particular, he has mediated numerous national and regional class and collective action wage-hour matters.  Chuck, and the Carmody Labor & Employment Group, provide training seminars and written materials on all aspects of the employment relationship.  These seminars include customized management training programs as well as presentations to state and national industry groups.

CLE Credits: 1.5 hours (Skills)