Charlie has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in both trial and appellate litigation. He appears regularly in the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts and has participated in numerous appeals before the United States Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Ninth, and Federal Circuits. Over the course of his career, Charlie has argued or assisted in more than one hundred appellate cases covering a broad range of subject matter, from commercial business litigation to criminal and matrimonial cases.
In addition to his extensive appellate practice, Charlie has also first-chaired a number of trial court cases, including challenges to the valuation of real property for local taxation purposes, defense of a number of local land use decisions on behalf of a national retailer, tax matters challenging decisions made by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services, and a successful breach of contract claim on behalf of a national retailer.
Charlie is an active member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. His work includes supervising the firm’s collaboration with The Veterans Consortium, a charitable organization that represents veterans unjustly denied benefits or compensation earned from military service. For this project, firm attorneys review adverse claim decisions and prepare screening memos for use by attorneys appointed to represent the veteran in the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Our attorneys also represent veterans before the Court and, in a number of cases, have obtained remands to the VA for further consideration, resulting in awards of attorneys’ fees that the firm donates to The Veterans Consortium. Charlie’s pro bono work also includes serving as local appellate counsel for the Innocence Project, whose mission is to free the staggering number of innocent people who remain incarcerated and to bring reform to the system responsible for their unjust imprisonment. In this capacity, Charlie has filed a number of friend of the court briefs with the Connecticut Supreme Court, in cases involving issues related to eye witness and firearms identifications.