Howard Stempler’ s practice is concentrated in the areas of litigation, real estate, employment, and business & corporate matters, including catastrophic personal injury matters, commercial and residential real estate, and business planning. He serves as counsel to a number of closely-held businesses on matters involving commercial contract drafting and negotiation, employment policies and procedures, and corporate governance.

Over the last 30 years, Mr. Stempler 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, Mr. Stempler founded and developed two businesses including OVO, a snowsport helmet manufacturing and distribution company, and BABA, a local sushi restaurant. He 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 and liquor and entertainment license advice and assistance.

Bar Admissions
  • Massachusetts, 1985
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • New England School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
    • J.D. – 1985
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
    • B.A. – 1980
Representative Clients
  • Litigated and negotiated a multi-million-dollar settlement of claims brought on behalf of a worker who suffered catastrophic losses in a construction accident;
  • Successfully resolved the claims of a party to a verbal business partnership involving real estate development;
  • Obtained a judgment on behalf of an insurance agency wrongfully accused of violating a confidentiality agreement and other contractual provisions;
  • Obtained favorable settlement in a civil suit on behalf of a worker wrongfully discharged and criminally prosecuted for theft;
  • Successful prosecution to remove trustee and obtain multi-million-dollar judgement based on bad faith and breach of fiduciary duty
  • Trial of claims on behalf of a client for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, resulting in multi-million-dollar verdict
  • Achieved a $400,000 settlement for a client arising out of a fractured patella in a slip and full accident in a restaurant.
Honors and Awards
  • Super Lawyers
  • Top Attorneys, Peer Recognition
  • Bishop Bernard J. Flanagan Ecumenical Award, St. Thomas More Society
  • Best Lawyers in America© – Corporate Law
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Worcester County Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
  • JEMS of New England, Inc., President, 1996 to 2005
  • OVO Wintersport Helmets, Founder/CEO
  • Baba Sushi Restaurant, Founder/Partner
Pro Bono Activities
  • President, Worcester JCC, 2014 – 2016, 2018 to 2019
  • Vice President, Worcester JCC, 2010 to 2014
  • Founder, Board Member, Worcester Pay It Forward Inc, 2009 to 2017
  • Founder/Operator, Tomorrow’s Youth Today, 1994 to 1997
  • Board Member, YMCA, Worcester Central Branch, 1992 to 1998
  • Annual Youth Support Campaign, YMCA, Group Leader, 1996 to 1997
  • Corporator, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, 1996 to 1998
  • Board Member, Jewish Family Services, 1987 to 1990