Charles B. Stokes

Charles B. Stokes


Chuck is the Partner in charge of the firm's Pennsylvania office.

He is a native Philadelphian who served as a Philadelphia Assistant City Solicitor upon graduation from Villanova University School of Law in 1980. In that capacity, he represented the city, the Zoning Board and the Board of Revision of Taxes in eminent domain, real estate tax and zoning matters.

Chuck has practiced exclusively in the field of property and casualty defense for more than 35 years. He has tried numerous jury and non-jury matters to verdict in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania including motor vehicle, premises liability, products liability, dram shop and professional liability matters, as well as hundreds of compulsory and private arbitrations.

Chuck has also successfully handled numerous appeals before the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the Third U.S. Circuit.

Chuck has lectured on the Pennsylvania Dram Shop Law and has given numerous presentations to claims professionals on subjects ranging from contractual and common law indemnification to insurance bad faith and uninsured/underinsured motorist law. Chuck frequently serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

Villanova University, J.D. 1980
Temple University, B.A., Philosophy, 1977
Chuck has more than 35 years' experience as a civil litigator and has handled numerous trials and arbitrations in state and federal courts. He also serves as arbitrator and Judge Pro Tem in Philadelphia courts and is a former Philadelphia Assistant City Solicitor.
Pennsylvania Supreme Court
New Jersey Supreme Court
Third Circuit US Court of Appeals
United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Pennsylvania Defense Institute

News Insights

August 15, 2023

Charles Stokes and Trishe Hynes Successfully Move for Dismissal of Insurance Bad Faith Claim in Federal Court

June 7, 2023

John Komar Wins Defense Verdict in Kings County

On June 6, 2023, John Komar obtained a defense verdict on a summary jury trial in Adams v. Irizarry, et al. (Kings County, 501134/18)

June 5, 2023

Cecil Floyd Wins a Liability Defense Verdict in King County

On June 1, 2023, Cecil Floyd won a liability defense verdict in the case of Altagracia Vargas v. Michael Dolphin in Civil Court, Kings County, Index No.: 300089/2020 before Hon. Heela Capell. Plaintiff claimed to have sustained personal injuries from a slip-and-fall on ice on the exterior steps of defendant''s premises at 11:00 a.m. on December 31, 2013.