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 cases across more than one-fourth of the United States, from California to Massachusetts 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 was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only national association of experienced trial lawyers and judges, where he is an advocate, a rank open only to those who have tried more than 50 civil jury trials to a jury verdict or hung jury as lead counsel. He is very active in practice-related organizations such as ABOTA, DRI, IADC, and FDCC. He served on the Board of Directors for DRI and later served as chair of the Product Liability Committee. From its inception, Chuck spent over 10 years serving on the Steering Committee of the DRI’s Corporate Counsel Roundtable. He was the first attorney to be elected president of the Alabama Defense Lawyer’s Association under the age of 40. Chuck has been a certified mediator for approximately 20 years, and serves as both a private mediator and arbitrator.

Notable Matters
  • 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.