Charlie is a trial lawyer. He concentrates his practice in the area of business litigation. He has represented numerous corporations in litigation in state and federal courts, and before various federal and state agencies. He is a Fellow (and former chair for the state of Ohio) of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Litigation Counsel of America, the American Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and the Dayton Bar Foundation. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a past president of the Dayton Bar Association, and of the Dayton Chapter, Federal Bar Association.
Charlie has tried a wide variety of business cases to juries. He has tried to judgment intellectual property cases (having tried patent, trademark and copyright cases), and cases involving antitrust, employment, product liability, breach of contract or warranty, terminated distributorships, trade secrets, and fraud claims, and various statutory theories. He has also tried injunction cases, and handled numerous class actions, shareholder litigation, multidistrict litigation, and insurance coverage disputes.
He has argued cases in the Supreme Court of Ohio, and in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits, in the Supreme Court of Nevada, and in intermediate appellate courts in Ohio and California.
Repeatedly in the last ten years he has been voted by his peers as one of the Top Ten Lawyers in Ohio, in Ohio's Super Lawyers' Survey (was featured on the cover of the 2012 SuperLawyers magazine, with accompanying cover story); was on the "Dayton's Most Powerful" list, based on a survey conducted by the Dayton Business Journal of Dayton-area CEO's and other community leaders, and was selected as one of the most influential people in Greater Dayton (one of only three lawyers on the list). He is listed in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, and The Best Lawyers in America, and in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Charlie is the author of numerous articles published in law reviews and professional journals, has spoken numerous times at continuing legal education programs and educational seminars for businesses.
Among his many chairmanships, Charlie has chaired the Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Continuing Legal Education, as well as the Board of Trustees of the United States Air Force Museum Foundation, chaired (for ten years) the Bar Examination Committee of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and is a longtime member and past Chair of the Board of Governors of the Antitrust Law Section of the Ohio State Bar Association, and is a past Chair of the Federal Courts and Practice Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, and of the Advisory Council of the University of Dayton School of Law. He is a Commissioner of the Board of Professional Conduct of the Supreme Court of Ohio (which deals with disciplinary matters involving judges and lawyers). He has also been an Adjunct Professor of the School of Law, University of Dayton, teaching Antitrust.