Howard E. Stempler

Howard E. Stempler

Worcester, Massachusetts

Howard's primary areas of concentration are commercial and civil litigation, including catastrophic personal injury matters, commercial and residential real estate and business planning. Over the last 30 years, Howard has tried cases in most of the state and federal courts and tribunals in the Commonwealth including the Superior, District, and Probate Courts, the Appeals Court and the Supreme Judicial Court; the United States District Court and the Department of Industrial Accidents. Howard has also represented clients before the United States Bankruptcy Court, the ABCC, DEP, the United States Department of Defense, and the Social Security Administration.

In addition to his extensive legal background, Howard founded and developed two businesses including OVO, a snowsport helmet manufacturing and distribution company and BABA, a local sushi restaurant. Howard provides a wide range of strategic planning expertise to businesses and individuals on matters including the startup, purchase, distribution, marketing, financing and sale of businesses; commercial contract and lease drafting and negotiation; hospitality-specific issues; liquor and entertainment license advice and assistance; and document storage and e-mail retention issues.

Representative cases that Howard has handled include the multi-million dollar settlement of claims brought on behalf of a worker who suffered catastrophic losses in a construction accident; successfully resolving the claims of a party to a verbal business partnership involving real estate development; the defense of an insurance agency wrongfully accused of violating a confidentiality agreement and other contractual provisions; a meritorious civil suit on behalf of a worker discharged and a criminally prosecuted for theft; and the successful trial of claims on behalf of a client for the intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Areas of Practice

  • Business & Corporate
  • Employment
  • Litigation & ADR
  • Private Client Services
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts


  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. (Cum Laude) - 1985
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. - 1980

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2016 - 2017
  • Top Attorneys, Peer Recognition, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Worcester County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • JEMS of New England, Inc., President, 1996 - 2005
  • OVO Wintersport Helmets, Founder/CEO
  • Baba Sushi Restaurant, Founder/Partner

Pro Bono Activities

  • President, Worcester JCC, 2014 - 2016, 2018 - 2019
  • Vice President, Worcester JCC, 2010 - 2014
  • Founder, Board Member, Worcester Pay It Forward Inc, 2009 - 2017
  • Founder/Operator, Tomorrow's Youth Today, 1994 - 1997
  • Board Member, YMCA, Worcester Central Branch, 1992 - 1998
  • Annual Youth Support Campaign, YMCA, Group Leader, 1996 - 1997
  • Corporator, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 1996 - 1998
  • Board Member, Jewish Family Services, 1987 - 1990