Government Experience

  • New York City Office of the Corporation Counsel

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • California
  • Massachusetts (inactive)

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 2006
    Executive Editor, Brooklyn Journal of International Law
  • B.A., University of Vermont, 1998

Judicial Clerkships

  • Honorable Beverly W. Cutler, Third Judicial District, State of Alaska
  • Honorable Michael R. Wilner, U.S. District Court for the Central District of California


  • New York City Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Committee Member

    University of Vermont Alumni Association

    Board Member, New York Region


  • Spanish
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Benjamin E. Stockman


Benjamin Stockman has substantial experience in all areas of labor and employment law. In particular, he has handled a broad range of matters involving wage and hour law, employment discrimination, equal pay law, family and medical leave law, disability law, employee discipline and termination, and traditional labor matters, including defending companies in proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board. Ben has extensive experience representing companies in all phases of litigation in federal and state courts, including with preliminary injunctions, trials, appellate practice, depositions, subpoenas, and motion practice.

Ben also advises clients on employment policies and practices, including employee handbooks and training materials.

Prior to joining Venable, Ben worked for the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, most recently as senior counsel in the Labor & Employment Division. In that role, he advised city agencies and pension funds in connection with local, state, and federal employment statutes, including FLSA, HIPAA, ADEA, ADA, FERPA, USERRA, FMLA, Title VII, and Human Rights Laws.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended a prestigious university in New York City against an unfair labor practice charge at trial before the National Labor Relations Board and on appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, ultimately obtaining voluntary dismissal of the charge by the NLRB.
  • Obtained early dismissal of breach of contract complaint by former student on behalf of a prominent graduate school.
  • Defeated an attempt by a labor union to enjoin a workforce reorganization on behalf of the New York City Department of Transportation.
  • Attained dismissal of federal and state court complaints alleging race and gender discrimination for the New York City Human Resources Administration.
  • Negotiated on behalf of a large hospital for the dismissal of a state court action challenging the hospital’s decision to terminate an employee under the New York State Civil Service Law.
  • Counseled a billion-dollar pension fund in the implementation of a settlement negotiated with the U.S. Department of Justice under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).
  • Successfully defended the New York City Police Department in three separate jury trials in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.


Ben provides advice and counsel to an international nonprofit committed to the preservation of endangered ancient languages and cultures in the Middle East. He also counsels nonprofit children’s organizations on employment matters and mentors students in a pro bono writing program designed to shrink the learning gap in underserved communities.