Charles provides skilled, discerning, and ethical representation to professionals and companies. As a member of Moss & Barnett’s nationally acclaimed accountant law and litigation teams, he focuses his practice on defending malpractice claims against accountants and lawyers as well as other professional liability actions. Charles also advises CPAs and lawyers in Minnesota and throughout the country in risk control and management. Additionally, he represents insurance companies in a wide range of insurance coverage issues.

Charles’ litigation achievements span a wide range of state and federal courtrooms. He has handled cases in 28 state and federal jurisdictions throughout the United States, and is currently licensed to practice in the state courts of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. In all of his cases, Charles uses his depth of experience to obtain the best possible results for his clients while also helping them understand the complexities and risks associated with the litigation process.

Before joining Moss & Barnett, Charles was the chair of the professional liability practice group of a Minnesota law firm. Before that, he was the associate general counsel for a Minnesota-based software development and consulting company, where he handled all lawsuits for the company and advised senior officers and managers on a wide range of legal and business issues.

Reported Opinions/Recent Cases

  • Feldman, et al. v. Farris, et al., 2018 WL 4373754 (unpublished), (Wis. App. Sept. 13, 2018)
  • Dow Family, LLC v. Sawyer Cty Abstract & Title Co., Inc., et al., 383 Wis.2d 601 (unpublished), 20148 WI App. 45 (Wis. App. June 26, 2018)
  • Afremov v. Sulloway & Hollis, PLLC, 922 F. Supp. 2d 800 (D. Minn. Feb. 7, 2013)
  • Ames & Fischer Co., II, LLP v. McDonald, 798 N.W.2d 557 (Minn. App. 2011)
  • Mazzocchi v. Goldstein Law Office, P.A., No. A09-2167 (Minn. App. Sept. 7, 2010)
  • Sheehan v. Suk, et al., No. A09-1383 (Minn. App. May 25, 2010)
  • Abbotts, et al. v. Day, 551 F.3d 802 (8th Cir. 2008)
  • Corry v. Analysts Int'l Corp., 215 F.3d 1336 (unpublished), 2000 WL 725746 (10th Cir. June 6, 2000)
  • Jackson v. Analysts Int'l Corp., 134 F.3d 382 (unpublished), 1998 WL 39252 (10th Cir. Jan. 30, 1998)
  • Diocese of Winona v. Interstate Fire & Cas. Co., 89 F.3d 1386 (8th Cir. 1996)

Credentials

Education

University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.; cum laude

Carleton College, B.A.; cum laude

Classes / Seminars Taught

  • Frequent speaker on limiting liability risk and professional ethics to CPAs and lawyers “Lessons from the Professional Liability Front: Claims Can Happen to You” (December 2017)
  • Lessons from the Professional Liability Front: Claims Can Happen to You” (December 2017) “Accountants’ Risk: Walking the Tightrope,” Oklahoma City (August 2016)
  • “Advanced Expert Witness Tactics,” National Business Institute (November 2009 and October 2008) “Lawyer’s Risk Control: Building a Solid Foundation” (August 2009)
  • Lawyer’s Risk Control: Building a Solid Foundation” (August 2009) “Malpractice Risks for CPAs: Navigating the New Frontier” (August 2009)
  • “Employment Practices Liability,” Professional Liability Underwriting Society (September 2008)

Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth District

Honors & Recognitions

Minnesota Super Lawyers (2014-present)

Minnesota Rising Stars (2001)

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

Publications

Affiliations

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Minnesota State Bar Association
  • Former member, Minnesota Supreme Court – Fourth Judicial District Ethics Committee
  • Hennepin County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Charles is a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Over the years, he has been actively involved in a number of community organizations, including youth athletics; Friends of FANA, Minnesota (a nonprofit organization established to provide support and assistance for the FANA orphanage in Bogota, Colombia, and to families who have adopted from FANA); and the Minnesota Justice Foundation.
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