For 35 years, Chuck has successfully tried a vast number of complex trials involving business disputes, product liability, intellectual property, construction, employment, and catastrophic personal injuries in multiple states. He has handled matters across more than one-fourth of the United States, from California to Maine to Florida. He has defended several class actions to defense verdicts, including matters involving antitrust claims (price-fixing), racial steering in the sale of real estate, and group health insurance. Chuck has represented clients faced with government investigations and qui tam matters, and defended clients faced with bet-the-company multi-district litigation. This experience has equipped him with the ability to defend against high-stakes litigation regardless of the jurisdiction.

Although most of his cases fall into one of the aforementioned categories, Chuck has also successfully tried several other types of complex cases, including a liquid propane gas explosion and fire case and a breach of contract and fraud matter filed against a company by its group health insurer. He successfully defended the trial of a start-up corporation in a lawsuit brought by a major movie distributor involving claims of copyright infringement, intentional interference with contractual relations, deceptive trade practices, and breach of contract. He has also represented attorneys, hospitals, and architects in actions alleging malpractice.

Chuck is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, both invitation-only associations of experienced trial lawyers and judges. Both organizations offer membership only to those with significant trial experience, the highest standards of ethical conduct, and a commitment to civility in the practice of law. In addition to his participation in these two organizations, Chuck is very active in practice-related organizations such as IADC, FDCC, and DRI, where he served on DRI’s Board of Directors and later served as chair of the Product Liability Committee. He also was the first attorney under the age of 40 to be elected president of the Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association. Chuck has been a certified mediator for more than 20 years, and serves as both a private mediator and arbitrator.

Notable Matters
  • Lead counsel in defense of helicopter manufacturer through trial of False Claims Act case involving contracts for the sale of helicopters and related services through the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program. Relators contended that the manufacturer fraudulently induced the U.S. Army to award contracts by (1) misrepresenting its pricing data and (2) by falsely representing that the manufacturer intended to comply with  FAR § 52.203-13 (the Contractor Code of Business Ethics). Relators originally sought over $1 billion, but after a partial grant of summary judgment, reduced their claim to over $100,000,000 in damages.
  • Successfully defended international building product manufacturer in multiple employment cases across the U.S.
  • Secured a trial victory for a Washington state start-up business against Movie Gallery in a lawsuit alleging a violation of the Lanham Act, trademark infringement, unfair competition, violation of the state deceptive trade practices act, and breach of a non-disclosure agreement.
  • Represented the only prevailing defendant among many in a near month-long antitrust class action trial where plaintiffs claimed that the defendants engaged in illegal price-fixing related to the sale of gasoline.
  • Represented the manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging products against defendants who gained access to the client’s proprietary and highly secretive manufacturing process.
  • Defended a major airbag and seatbelt manufacturer and major automotive manufacturers faced with serious personal injury and death claims in product liability lawsuits; prevailed in all trials that were tried to verdict with the exception of one mistrial.