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Overview

Charles has been involved in the real estate and construction industry most of his life, starting as a delivery boy for a building supply company in high school, then as a common construction laborer at a nuclear electric-generating plant in Georgia for three summers in college.

His legal career since 1978 has been focused on the representation of developers, owners and investors on real estate projects of all types and sizes, including serving as lead developer and sponsor counsel on several of the larger projects in Texas and elsewhere. Among Charles’ industry accomplishments are: 

  • Lead counsel in development and financing for a number of luxury hotels and spas. 
  • Advising in development, construction and leasing of large office projects in Dallas. 
  • Negotiating management agreements for hospitality venues.

Before joining the firm, Charles was a partner at Brown McCarroll and also practiced at Johnson & Wortley.


Industry

Services

Recognition

  • BL Rankings’ The Best Lawyers in America©, Real Estate Law, 2003, 2007-2008, 2010-2011, 2014-2021
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Thomson Reuters' Texas Super Lawyers, Real Estate Law, 2003-2011

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
    • Order of the Coif
  • A.B., University of Georgia
    • Political Science
    • summa cum laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Texas

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
Experience
  • Served as lead counsel for Woodbine Development Corp. for the development, capitalization and financing of Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa (San Antonio), Hyatt Regency Lost Pines (Austin/Bastrop) and Westin Kierland Resort (Scottsdale/Phoenix), along with a number of other projects.
  • Represented JPI as lead counsel on development, construction financing and disposition of more than 20 luxury multifamily projects in Texas, Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, Colorado, Massachusetts and other states.
  • Served as developer counsel for the development, construction, leasing and financing of several large office projects, including Comerica Tower, 1700 Pacific and Pacific Place in Dallas.
  • Represented owner of a Holiday Inn in refinancing and negotiation of a new third-party management agreement.
  • Represented owner in refinancing of an Intercontinental Hotel.
  • Negotiated management agreements for major hospitality facilities, including hotels/resorts, restaurants, convention centers and catering venues.
  • Represented landlords and tenants in numerous major leases, including bank headquarters facilities, grocery anchor leases, financeable ground leases, data center lease, law firm offices and large industrial spaces.
News Releases | August 15, 2019
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2020 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and 11 attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

News Releases | August 15, 2018
Husch Blackwell Places 143 Lawyers in 2019 BL Rankings' Best Lawyers in America®

The Best Lawyers in America® has listed 143 Husch Blackwell attorneys in its 2019 directory. The firm has eight "Lawyers of the Year" and five attorneys appearing on the list for the first time.

Community Leadership
  • Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Board of Directors, 2005-2010, 2012-present; Executive Committee, 2005-2010, 2012-present; outside real estate counsel (pro bono)

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