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Charles Stewart

Charles Stewart

Partner

Expertise

  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Auto Finance
  • Banking and Financial Services

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Activity

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WSG in North America Group
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WSG Main Group
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Antitrust Group
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Automotive Group
Member
Employment and Labor Group
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Intellectual Property Group
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Profile

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-?xing), 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.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 1985
  • Tennessee, 2008

Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Oklahoma
  • United States District Court, Southern District of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee

Education

  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 1985, Cumberland Law Review, Writing Editor, Associate Editor, and Member; Recipient of Am Jur Book Awards in Ethics, Admiralty, and Criminal Law; Judge Daniel H. Thomas Award in Admiralty; Senior Class Vice President
  • Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A., 1980
Areas of Practice

Antitrust and Competition | Auto Finance | Banking and Financial Services | Class Actions | Construction | Cybersecurity and Privacy | Environmental Law | Food, Beverage and Hospitality | Government Contracts | Government Enforcement and Investigations | Healthcare | Intellectual Property | Labor and Employment | Life Sciences | Litigation | Retail

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2016-2018
Listed in Alabama Super Lawyers, Business Litigation, 2008-2015
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®
Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2009-2020
Commercial Litigation, 2007-2020
Litigation – Labor & Employment, 2016-2020
Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2015-2020
Employment Law – Management, 2017-2020
Labor Law – Management, 2018-2020
"Lawyer of the Year," Montgomery, Bet-the-Company Litigation, 2018, 2020
"Lawyer of the Year," Montgomery, Employment Law – Management, 2017
"Lawyer of the Year," Montgomery, Labor & Employment Law, 2015
Listed in Benchmark Litigation, "Litigation Star," Alabama, 2015, 2017-2019
Listed in Who's Who Legal: Products Liability Defence, 2011-2019
Merit Selection Panel for the Middle District of Alabama
Recipient of the DRI’s Richard H. Krochock Award, 2004


Professional Associations

    American Board of Trial Advocates
    Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    International Association of Defense Counsel
    DRI

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