Ben Stockman has experience in all areas of labor and employment law. Ben represents employers and executives in a range of legal matters involving restrictive covenants, wage and hour issues, employment discrimination, equal pay, family and medical leave, disability, and employee discipline and termination. He counsels employers on day-to-day employee relations matters and conducts internal investigations. He also handles traditional labor matters, including proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and collective bargaining negotiations. He has a bicoastal practice and represents employers in all phases of trial and appellate litigation in federal and state courts.
Ben advises clients in the media and entertainment, advertising, higher education, real estate, biotechnology, and healthcare industries, among others. Ben regularly counsels clients on hiring and termination, executive employment agreements, employment due diligence for M&A transactions, large-scale workforce reorganizations, and employment policies and practices, including employee handbooks and workplace training.
Ben gained a unique perspective on the role of outside counsel through a five-month secondment for a global advertising client. In this associate general counsel role, Ben was responsible for leading the client’s employment law team on all labor and employment matters arising in connection with its large workforce throughout the Americas, including managing outside counsel on litigations.
Prior to joining Venable, Ben worked for the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York, as senior counsel in the Labor and Employment Division. In that role, he advised city agencies and pension funds on local, state, and federal employment statutes, including the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Title VII, and human rights laws. Ben also clerked in state and federal courts.