Chuck has over 30 years of experience litigating complex commercial cases, with particular emphasis on the trial and appeal of insurance coverage disputes, including breach of contract, declaratory judgment and bad faith actions. Chuck was named in both 2021 and 2016 by The Best Lawyers in America as its Minneapolis Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” He was also named as its 2019 and 2014 Minneapolis Insurance Law “Lawyer of the Year.” He has twice been recognized by Minnesota Lawyer as an “Attorney of the Year,” in 2013 and in 2006. He was chosen as one of Minnesota’s 10 best appellate lawyers and has been recognized since 2003 as a Minnesota Super Lawyer, earning Top 100 distinction in fifteen of those years. Since 2013, he has been identified by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Litigation Lawyers for Business.
Chuck is one of 870 insurance and reinsurance lawyers from fifty-one countries recognized in the 2022 Edition of Who’s Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance, and one of two nominated in Minnesota. Nominees are selected based on comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practitioners worldwide. According to the Editors, all whose nominations are accepted are listed without charge, noting: “It is impossible to buy entry into WWL: Insurance & Reinsurance.”
Chuck has served as a national coordinating coverage counsel for several of his clients, including on matters involving environmental losses, cyber-liability, TPCA claims and, most recently, COVID-19 claims. He has shared his expertise on insurance issues in testimony before the Minnesota Legislature. Chuck serves on the Board of Directors of Ridgeview Hospital Foundation, and is a Past-Chair. He has served on the Board of Directors of The Purdue Alumni Association and of Center of the American Experiment.
Representative clients include American Financial Group, AIG, Bituminous Insurance Company, Brown & Brown, Inc., Certain Underwriters at Lloyds of London, Chubb Limited, CNA Insurance Companies, Constellation Insurance Companies, Federated Mutual Group, The Guilford Specialty Group, Hartford Casualty Insurance Company, Hudson Insurance Company, Intact Insurance Specialist Solutions, Liberty Mutual Insurance Companies, Nationwide Insurance Group, Riverstone Claims Management Services, Inc., RLI Insurance Company, Swiss Re Reinsurance Company, The Travelers Companies, Inc., and Westfield Insurance Companies.
Chuck’s experience includes work on several major cases whose decisions have been cited as significant precedent in over 300 published opinions and scholarly papers.