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J.D. Yale Law School, 1981
M.A. Yale University, 1981
B.A. Trinity University, 1976

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Charles W. Fournier


Charles Fournier’s practice focuses on internal investigations; workforce restructurings; policy development and implementation; design and delivery of training programs; the workforce aspects of acquisitions, dispositions, and integrations; and the early identification and resolution of employment disputes.  When litigation is necessary, Mr. Fournier calls on his trial and appellate experience to achieve the best possible results and advance the business interests of the client. 

Mr. Fournier joined Curley, Hurtgen & Johnsrud after 17 years as Senior Vice President of Employment Law for NBCUniversal, where he led a team of attorneys responsible for all employment law matters for NBC, Universal Studios, Telemundo, their owned cable networks and television stations, and related news, entertainment, and digital media businesses throughout the world.  Mr. Fournier and his team provided employment law support for the acquisitions and integrations of Universal Studios, DreamWorks Animation, Telemundo, Bravo, Oxygen, and a number of other cable networks and television stations, as well as NBCUniversal’s 2011 acquisition by Comcast.  Mr. Fournier and his team also designed and implemented the first company-wide alternative dispute resolution program among the major studios and television networks, one that has been copied by other Fortune 100 companies.  Mr. Fournier also helped guide NBCUniversal’s development of one of the earliest and most successful workplace diversity programs in the entertainment industry. 

Before joining NBCUniversal, Mr. Fournier was in private practice in New York City, first with Webster & Sheffield and more recently as a partner in the New York office of O’Melveny & Myers, where he litigated cases before judges and juries in federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States.  Mr. Fournier developed particular expertise in alternative dispute resolution, having mediated and arbitrated over 50 cases, and having designed effective ADR programs for large and small employers. 

Mr. Fournier is a graduate of Yale Law School, where he was an editor of The Yale Law Journal.  He then clerked for Judge Robert Sprecher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago.  Mr. Fournier also holds a Masters Degree in Anglo-American Legal History from Yale University and a Bachelors Degree in History and Music from Trinity University.  He has been a guest lecturer at the New York University School of Law and Baruch College of the City University of New York, and he is a frequent speaker and panelist for bar and industry groups.  Mr. Fournier has served on the Board and as Board Chair of The Town School of New York City, and he is an active fund raiser for a number of educational and cultural institutions.