Charles M. "Chuck" Dyke

Charles M. "Chuck" Dyke

Nixon Peabody LLP

Recognized since 2013

San Francisco, California

Practice Areas

Litigation - ERISA

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - ERISA
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Charles (“Chuck”) Dyke leads the firm’s national ERISA Litigation practice. His experience includes defending complex breach of fiduciary duty claims, litigating pension plan termination cases, and handling appellate matters. Chuck also has significant experience litigating trade secrets and complex commercial cases. He has been recognized as a “Northern California Super Lawyer” each year since 2007 and is listed in Best Lawyers in America. Chuck speaks and writes on ERISA litigation topics.

What do you focus on?

I have devoted my career to defending employers and fiduciaries in ERISA litigation, litigating and helping clients manage pension and retiree health liabilities under complex legacy benefit programs, and litigating complex business cases, including trade secrets and business-tort matters.

I have handled or participated in ERISA and other appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits. In 2014, I filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer as counsel of record for the ESOP Association.

For the first two years of my legal career, I worked as a staff attorney at the PBGC on the agency’s Early Warning Program legal team. Prior to joining Nixon Peabody, I was a partner with Thelen LLP.


  • One Embarcadero Center, 32nd Floor
    San Francisco, CA 94111


  • University of Maryland , BS

Bar Admissions

  • California, California Bar Association
  • Illinois, Illinois Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, District of Columbia Bar Association


  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Bar Association of San Francisco - Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court
  • United States Supreme Court

Nixon Peabody LLP
Headquarters: Boston, Massachusetts

149 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

49 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2021 - Litigation - ERISA

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - ERISA, San Francisco (2021)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Litigation - ERISA


  • “Super Lawyer” by the Northern California Super Lawyer Magazine since 2007

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