Office Information

  • Co-Chair, Diversity Committee
Charles is experienced in commercial litigation and insurance defense. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Litigation Counsel of America. He is also an Elected Member of the American Law Institute.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 1988
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Distinctions

  • Lifetime Achievement Selection, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®, 2016
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV®– PreeminentPeer Review Rated, 2009-2017
  • Super Lawyers®
    • Top 50: Mississippi Super Lawyers, 2006, 2009-2016
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2006-2016
  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Commercial Litigation, 2013-2017
    • Litigation – Insurance, 2015-2017
  • Elected Member, American Law Institute
  • Fellow, American Bar Association
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, 1988-1989
  • Municipal Prosecutor, City of Bolton, Mississippi, 1990-1994
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Education & Honors

  • University of Mississippi, J.D., 1987
    • Congressional Internship, U.S. House of Representatives, Summer 1986
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., Philosophy, 1984

Experience

  • Featured in Litigation Commentary & Rev. 268 (September/October 2012) for representation of Former Governor Haley Barbour as Lead Counsel.
  • In the Matter of Conservatorship of Davis v. Longo, 954 So.2d 521 (Miss. App. 2007).
  • Rankin v. American General Finance, 912 So.2d 725 (Miss. 2005).
  • Queen v. American General Finance, 351 F.Supp.2d 576 (S.D. Miss. 2005).
  • MS Life Insurance Company v. Baker, 905 So.2d 1179 (Miss. 2005).
  • Owens v. First Family Financial Services, 379 F.Supp.2d 840 (S.D. Miss. 2005).
  • Rainwater v. Lamar Life Insurance Company, 391 F.3d 636 (5th Cir. 2004).
  • Union National Life Insurance Company v. Crosby, 870 So.2d 1175 (Miss. 2004).
  • Bishop v. First Mississippi Financial Group, Inc., 221 F.R.D. 461 (2004).
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “Confronting Bias and Ethical Considerations in the Legal Community,” Magnolia Bar Association, November 13, 2015.
  • Co-Author, “Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection: Targeted Practices and Kinds of Claims: Proof Elements of Claims,” Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Statutes and Damages: How to Prevent and Defend Disruptive Challenges to Your Client’s Business Practices, August 2015.
  • Panelist, “Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Statues and Damages,” Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, August, 2015.
  • Presenter, "Getting What You Want - Developing Effective Negotiation Techniques When Negotiating Contracts or Negotiating Settlements," FDCC, April 24, 2014.
  • Author, "Churches & Employment Law: Understanding the Ministerial Exception Rule", Litigation Commentary & Rev. 299, November/December 2012.
  • Presenter, "Ethics for Lawyers: Blogs and Tweets That Can Torpedo Your Career," 2012 CLE Expo, Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA), Chicago, 2012.
  • Author​, "Strategies for Using Social Media in the Fight Against Fraudulent Insurance Claims," Inside the Minds- Defending Against Insurance Fraud Claims, Thomson Reuters/Aspatore, 2011.
  • Presenter, Current Trends in Insurance Opt Out Litigation In Mississippi, Conference on Insurance and Financial Services, American Law Institute-American Bar Association (ALI-ABA), Chicago, 2010.
  • Presenter, Defending Bad Faith Claims, Insurance Claims and Coverage Institute, Defense Research Institute (DRI), Chicago, 2010.
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