Charles G. Moerdler is the Co-Chair of Stroock's Litigation Practice Group. His practice is broad-based, including concentrations in real estate and land use, health care, international law, labor law and administrative law. Mr. Moerdler also specializes in state and federal appellate practice.

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.

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 has also 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 represents the American Federation of Teachers and has served as lead negotiator for numerous municipal labor unions, including the United Federation of Teachers and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.

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 also has extensive public sector experience. He currently 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, and served as Board Member of the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. He has also 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.


  • Mr. Moerdler has been recognized by The Legal 500 as a leader in dispute resolution and by Best Lawyers.


  • Board Member, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (including boards of NYC Transit, Metro North Railroad, Long Island Railroad, NY Bus Company), 2010-present
    • Chair, Bridges and Tunnels Committee, 2016-present
  • Member, Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, 2010-2012
  • Member and Gubernatorial Appointee, New York City Housing Development Corp., 1997-present
  • Commissioner and Chair, New York State Insurance Fund
  • Member and Labor Representative, New York City Board of Collective Bargaining, 2000-present
  • Member, New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department
    • Member, Committee on Attorney Grievances, 1998-2004, 2006-2011, 2015-2017
    • Member, Committee on Character and Fitness, 1977-present
    • Vice Chairman, Committee on Character and Fitness, 1998-present
  • 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, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Trustee, St. Barnabas Hospital, 1986-present
  • Member, American Jewish Congress
    • Co-Chairman, Governing Council, 2008-2010
    • Senior Vice President, 2004-2007


New York, 1956

U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1957; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1964; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1973; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2008; U.S. Court of Claims, 2001; U.S. Supreme Court, 1958


J.D., Fordham University, 1956; Associate Editor, Fordham Law Review, 1955

B.A., Long Island University, 1953