Charles B. Stokes

Charles B. Stokes

Partner

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.

Education
1980 J.D. Villanova University
1977 B.A. Philosophy, Temple University
Experience
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.
Admissions
New Jersey State Courts
Pennsylvania State Courts
United States District Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania
United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
Memberships
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Pennsylvania Defense Institute

News Insights

April 14, 2021

Florina Altshiler on Court TV

Russo & Gould partner Florina Altshiler appeared on Court TV on April 13. Florina provided commentary and legal analysis of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minnesota.

April 1, 2021

Marcin Kurzatkowski obtained a summary judgment dismissal of the plaintiff's Labor Law 200 and 241(6) claims against a subcontractor at the construction site

On March 18, 2021, Marcin Kurzatkowski obtained a summary judgment dismissal of the plaintiff's Labor Law 200 and 241(6) claims against a subcontractor at the construction site. The plaintiff alleged that he tripped and fell over a copper pipe that was left behind on the floor. Mr. Kurzatkowski represented the subcontractor that was responsible for providing carting and cleaning services at the construction site.

March 23, 2021

Defending Nursing Homes

Representing nurses is different from representing doctors. Doctors implement orders and nurses follow them, so their mindset is different. Doctors are more likely to have their own insurance policies, and because some require the doctor''s consent to settle, medical malpractice cases are more likely to go to trial. Nurses on the other hand are less likely to be familiar with, and more apprehensive about, being the subject of litigation since they are but one employee among many on the same nursing home policy.