Charles practices in the areas of litigation and commercial law. In addition, he has extensive experience counseling clients with respect to business issues arising under environmental regulations and defense against toxic tort claims. His extensive experience in corporate and commercial matters is also valued for special business-related projects handled by the Firm. Charles has also taught courses in corporate and environmental law for law school and paralegal programs.
Charles previously practiced in Houston, Texas, where he worked primarily on project finance and environmental matters. He served as Chairman of the Harris County (Houston) Bar Association's Environmental Law Section and has authored and delivered several papers.
He received his undergraduate degree in history from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he graduated summa cum laude and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. At Vanderbilt, Charles was an associate justice of the Moot Court Board.
Instructor, Corporate & Environmental Law: Central Piedmont Community College, 2005-present
Professor, Environmental Law: South Texas College of Law, 1999-2002
Editor: Environmental Issues in Business Transactions, 2005-present
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Charles has taught courses in commercial and corporate law for the past seven years in the paralegal program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte. He is active in his local parish church and has served both as a vestrymen and junior warden.
His representative experience includes:
Assisted in defense against toxic tort and pollution claims, including taking depositions, preparing expert witnesses, and handling discovery, in asbestos, CERCLA, underground storage tank and oil-field contamination cases.
Drafted and negotiated indemnification agreements, releases, representation and warranty provisions and related documents for numerous property, asset and stock acquisition and sale transactions.
Represented lenders and issuers in environmental due diligence in connection with numerous securities offerings for various energy and industrial concerns, including producing oil and gas properties, pipelines and storage facilities, tree farms, refineries, gas plants, and commercial real estate. Drafted and reviewed disclosure language for SEC filings related to such offerings.
Extensive involvement in financing of 8,000-ton methane plant in Trinidad and Tobago --- Project Finance Magazine's 2002 Latin America Deal of the Year . Negotiated in country with local gas, industrial development, and environmental officials with respect to leases, off-take agreements, permits and easements; drafted engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts and other project and credit documents; and assisted client with response to lender group inquiries.
Assisted in preparation and negotiation of project documents for sale of 100 MW wind farm in West Texas.
Second chair participation in representing refinery building 500 MW cogeneration plant in Louisiana; handled drafting of initial project documents (offtake, supply and EPC contracts) ; assisted in negotiation of same; and coordinated environmental due diligence and related negotiating matters for project company.
Represented American subsidiary of landfill gas power plant developer in routine corporate matters (LLC formation, minutes, and corporate law compliance) and development of several renewable power plant projects in Texas, California and Ohio. Negotiated power purchases agreements (PPAs) and supply contracts. Renegotiated omnibus development agreement with large waste disposal company for building and operation of up to twenty different power plants. Assisted tax counsel with IRC Section 29 tax matters.