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Charla Bizios Stevens headshot
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 603 628 1363

Charla Bizios Stevens

Director, Litigation Department and Chair of the Employment Practice Group

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Biography

 

Charla is the Chair of the firm's Employment Law Practice Group. Charla also practices in the Education and Health Care practice groups at McLane Middleton. She has extensive background addressing litigated and non-litigated employment issues such as discrimination, harassment, employee classification and wage and hour claims. She assists employers in responding to labor audits, preparing personnel policies and minimizing risk in the hiring, discipline and termination of employees. She conducts management and harassment training and works with employers to maintain legal compliance in a cost-efficient and effective way.  She has extensive experience conducting internal investigations for private employers, independent schools and colleges and universities.

Charla regularly advises independent schools regarding risk management and policy writing with respect to issues involving both students and employees. She also has a diverse health care practice representing physician practice groups, health centers, mental health practitioners and ancillary providers regarding compliance, licensing, discipline and other issues.

Her litigation background includes practice in the state and federal courts and before numerous state and federal administrative agencies such as the Department of Labor, the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Charla received her J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School and her B.A., from Merrimack College.



Areas of Focus

  • Education and Independent Schools
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Healthcare Law

Admissions

Charla is admitted in New Hampshire; Massachusetts; United States District Courts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts and the First Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Hampshire Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, the Manchester Bar Association, and the New Hampshire Women's Bar Association.

 

Recognition

Involvement

  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Government Affair Committee, Member
  • Granite United Way, Board of Directors
  • Greater Nashua Human Resources Association, Member
  • Greater Merrimack Valley Human Resource Association, Member
  • Northeast Human Resource Association, Member
  • Manchester Bar Association, Member
  • Merrimack Valley YMCA, Compensation Committee
  • Southern New Hampshire Health System, Board of Directors
  • New Hampshire Personnel Appeals Board, Chair
  • Families In Transition, Vice-Chair Board of Directors
  • American Bar Association, Member Section of Litigation (Co-Chair First Chair Press Committee; Women Advocate, Health Law and Labor and Employment Law Committees), Section of Labor and Employment
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member Labor and Employment and Health Law Sections; Dispute Resolution Committee
  • Boston Bar Association, Member, Public Service Oversight Committee
  • Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire ("BIA"), Vice-Chair Human Resources, Health Care, and Workforce Development Committee
  • New Hampshire Legislature Task Force on Work and Family
  • New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • Society of Human Resource Management, New Hampshire State Council, Past Director; Former Legislative Affairs Director
  • Smaller Business Association of New England ("SBANE"), Member
  • Child Health Services, Former Board Chair
  • Manchester Community Health Center, Former Board Chair

Interviews

New Federal Rule On Overtime Pay (WMUR, 5/29/2016)

General Employment Law (WGIR - NH Today, 4/29/2016)

Articles & Presentations

Written By Charla

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Practice Areas

The strengths of our practice groups and the industries we serve make McLane Middleton one of the most diverse law firms in New England.

Integrity and trust

At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 90 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

Meet Our People

Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

Practice Areas

A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

The Firm

Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.