Charles is a Director in the Litigation and Construction/Surety sections at Coats Rose. Charles’ practice includes complex commercial, oil and gas, admiralty/maritime, construction, real estate, and personal injury litigation. Charles operates as a true business advisor to his clients, maintaining an intense work ethic combined with a creative approach to litigation. This approach has resulted in success for his clients when it comes to trial, oral arguments, motions, and negotiations.
Charles has been selected to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers list, and he has also been selected to the Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star list for six consecutive years (2009-2014). This is an honor conferred upon only 2.5% of the total lawyers in Texas. He has also received an AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The Texas Lawyer magazine also recognized Charles as “Litigator of the Week” in November of 2012. Charles continues to support his alma mater as a volunteer judge of mock trial and moot court competitions at South Texas College of Law and is an alumnus of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Charles’ practice focuses on complex commercial litigation in the oil and gas, construction, and real estate industries. He has extensive experience in managing insurance coverage litigation, personal injury defense, complex tort, products liability, premises liability matters. Charles also has experience in corporate business litigation and admiralty/maritime law. He has represented businesses and individuals in both commercial and personal injury matters at both trial and appellate levels.
The University of Texas at Austin (B.B.A., 2000)
South Texas College of Law (J.D., 2003)
State Bar of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
Texas Bar Foundation – Fellow
Houston Bar Foundation – Fellow
Texas Young Lawyers Association
American Bar Association (Litigation, Tort & Insurance, Health law sections)
Texas Trial Lawyers Association (Allied Member)
Houston Bar Association
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Representative Matters (Trial)
A trial where Mr. Conrad’s client received a directed verdict during a jury trial as to the plaintiffs’ breach of contract claims arising out of hundreds of oil and gas wells located in Oklahoma.
The defense of a damages claim in excess of $12 million where the client was dismissed via summary judgment, and Mr. Conrad’s client was subsequently awarded its defense costs.
The defense of a damages claim in excess of $45 million arising out of a fire to a jackup rig, and on the first day of trial, Mr. Conrad’s client was granted summary judgment and was subsequently awarded all of its defense costs after appeal.
The defense of personal injury claim arising out of vessel capsizing off the coast of Trinidad. At the conclusion of trial, Mr. Conrad’s client received 100% defense verdict, which was affirmed by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
The prosecution of a damages claim in excess of $1 million arising out of downhole failure.
The prosecution of multimillion-dollar property damage claim following an vessel-bridge collision following Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Conrad obtained a favorable settlement for his client.
The defense of an intellectual property dispute alleging misappropriation of trade secrets, negligence, business disparagement, and conspiracy seeking over $15 million in damages. Mr. Conrad obtained dismissal for his for client.
The defense of a wrongful death claim arising out of explosion that occurred during the construction of interstate pipeline. Mr. Conrad obtained a summary judgment dismissal for his client.
The prosecution of property damage claim following a vessel-platform collision following Hurricane Rita. Mr. Conrad obtained a favorable settlement for his client.
The defense an environmental company in a multi-million dollar pipeline explosion case in East Texas. After a two-week jury trial, Mr. Conrad’s client received a unanimous 100% defense verdict.
The defense of a prime construction contractor in a multi-million dollar breach of contract case.
The defense a multi-million dollar wrongful death and products liability claim against a products manufacturer.
The defense of personal injury and property damage claims as the result of vessel-platform collision following Hurricane Katrina.
The prosecution of numerous claims arising out of oil and gas contracts.
The prosecution of a tenant’s inverse condemnation claim. Mr. Conrad obtained a favorable settlement for his client.
The successful defense of numerous claims under the Jones Act and the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Representative Matters (Appellate)
The Offshore Drilling Co. v. Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corp., 604 F.3d 221 (5th Cir. 2010)