Stuart Rothman, 85, a lawyer who specialized in labor-management relations and employment discrimination, died June 20 at George Washington University Hospital after a heart attack.

Mr. Rothman retired from the Washington law office of Rogers & Wells in 1995 after 32 years with the firm. Earlier, he had held various positions with the Department of Labor.

A resident of Washington, he was born in St. Paul, Minn., and graduated from the University of Minnesota and its law school. He received a master's degree in law from Harvard Law School, and he also had studied at the Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration.

He worked for Hubert H. Humphrey in Minnesota and was solicitor for the Minnesota State Labor Department before relocating to Washington in 1953.

From 1953 to 1959, he was solicitor of labor, then from 1959 to 1963 was general counsel to the National Labor Relations Board.

Mr. Rothman also had been acting wage-hour administrator for the Labor Department, a member of the Wage Appeals Board and the Tripartite Construction Industry Stabilization Committee.

He had arbitrated collective bargaining agreements and had written articles on industrial and labor management relations.

Mr. Rothman was a former chairman of the United Jewish Appeal for the Federal Government and an officer of the Potomac Boat Club.

His wife, Barbara Cohen Rothman, died in 1993.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Hawkins of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Lucy Bissell of Seattle; and four grandchildren.