Charles G. Moerdler


Attorneys Fees
Class Action
Land Use
Multi District Litigation
Real Estate

Charles G. Moerdler is the founding partner of Stroock’s Litigation Practice. His practice has been quite varied, including defamation, antitrust, securities, real estate, class actions, health care, international law, labor law, administrative law and zoning. Mr. Moerdler also specializes in state and federal appellate practice.

Among the many organizations that have retained Mr. Moerdler as outside general counsel are one of the largest hospitals in the country, one of the nation’s largest health maintenance organizations and a major New York City daily newspaper, for which he also has served as a director. He regularly counsels Austria’s largest bank in international litigation and served as board chairman of its U.S. subsidiary. He also acts for Austria’s largest electricity and power enterprise, one of its largest realtors and has represented other major European companies. Mr. Moerdler has served as lead negotiator for numerous municipal labor unions, including the United Federation of Teachers and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

Mr. Moerdler has represented many of New York’s leading real estate developers and owners, as well as real estate trade organizations, in a variety of contexts ranging from antitrust, to land use and zoning, to brokerage and contract disputes. He also acts for one of the largest HMOs and several leading hospitals and health care organizations.

On several occasions he has been appointed by federal courts to serve as a Special Master for the resolution of complex issues, including ERISA, securities and antitrust issues. He has served as a private arbitrator and mediator in a variety of contexts.

Mr. Moerdler has extensive public sector experience. He served as Commissioner of Housing and Buildings of the City of New York, as a real estate and development consultant to New York City Mayor John Lindsay, as a member of the City’s Air Pollution Control Board, and as Chairman and Commissioner of the New York State Insurance Fund. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, including Metro North Railroad, Long Island Railroad, NYC Transit Authority and Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority, as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York City Housing Development Corporation, as well as the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

Honors Membership Awards

  • Member, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, 2010-2012
  • Board Member, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (including boards of NYC Transit, Metro North Railroad, Long Island Railroad, NY Bus Company), 2010-present
  • Member and Gubernatorial Appointee, New York City Housing Development Corp., 1997-present
  • Member, New York State Insurance Fund
    • Chairman, 1995-1997
    • Vice Chairman, 1985-1986
    • Commissioner, 1978-1997
  • Member and Labor Representative, New York City Board of Collective Bargaining, 2000-present
  • New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department
  • Member, Departmental Disciplinary Committee, 1998-2004, 2006-2011
  • Member, Committee on Character and Fitness, 1977-present
  • Vice Chairman, Committee on Character and Fitness, 1998-present
  • Member, New York City Mayor’s Committee on the Judiciary, 1994-2001
  • Member, New York City Residential Mortgage Insurance Corporation, 1998-present
  • Member, American College of Special Masters
  • Member, Editorial Board, New York Law Journal, 1986-present
  • Member, Committee on International Law, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 1989-1991
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Co-Chairman, Governing Council, 2008-2010
  • Senior Vice President, 2004-2007
  • American Jewish Congress
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, Creditanstalt USA, 2000-2001
  • Trustee, St. Barnabas Hospital, 1986-present
  • Trustee, Long Island University, 1985-1991
  • Member, Advisory Board, School of International Affairs, Columbia University, 1976-1979

Admitted to Practice

  • New York, 1956
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1957; U.S. Supreme Court, 1958; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1964; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1973; U.S. Court of Claims, 2001


  • J.D., Fordham University, 1956; Associate Editor, Fordham Law Review, 1955
  • B.A., Long Island University, 1953