Charlie, a native of Evansville, graduated from the University of Evansville in 1969 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. In 1972, Charlie graduated Cum Laude from Indiana University School of Law and returned home to Evansville to practice law with his father, Sydney, with whom he practiced until 1988.
From 1973 to 1977, Charlie served as a Director for the Indiana Lawyers Commission. He was Chairman of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Indiana State Bar Association from 1982 to 1983. He has served as a Director of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association since 1977, Treasurer from 1982 to 1983 and Vice President from 1984 to 1985. Charlie was the State Committeeman for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America from 1975 to 1979. He was President of the Brooks Inns of Court from 1988 to 1989 and is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation. In 1990 Charlie was admitted to the United States Claims Court. From 1999 until 2002, Charlie was elected to the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission. He was a Deputy Prosecutor for Vanderburgh County from 1997 to 2013, has been listed in Best Lawyers in America in Personal Injury since 1987 and was an adjunct professor of both Constitutional and Criminal Law at the University of Southern Indiana from 1996 - 2007. In 2014 Charlie was presented with the Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year Award. In 2015, Charlie was again elected onto the Judicial Nominating Commission to serve the Southern District of Indiana until December 2018.
Charlie and his family have a long history of service to the Evansville community, including the annually awarded Berger Award at the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana. Both are given in memory of his parents, Sadelle and Sydney.
In 2005, Charlie was bestowed the honor of the James Bethel Gresham Freedom Award from the Evansville Bar Association. In that same year, Charlie was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee.
In 1975, Charlie was admitted to the United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Northern District of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit. He was admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1977, the United States Supreme Court in 1981, the United States District Court Western District of Kentucky in 1984 and the United States Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit in 1984.
Charlie practices Personal Injury Law, Civil Litigation and Labor and Employment Law.
Indiana Bar Foundation; American Inns of Court Foundation (President Elect, 1990-1991; Treasurer, Brooks Inns of Court Chapter, 1988-1989).