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
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
Memberships
Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel
Pennsylvania Defense Institute

News Insights

October 6, 2021

Alexandra Alvarez Wins Motion for Summary Judgment for ConEd and Other Defendants

Congratulations to Senior Associate Alexandra Alvarez for winning Motions for Summary Judgment for firm client, Con Edison and others. Alexandra appeared for oral argument before Justice Katherine Levine of the Supreme Court, 2nd Judicial District on September 15. She successfully argued the motions for ConEd, Verizon, Five Star Electric Corp. and the MTA/NYCTA.

October 5, 2021

Meet David Gould (and Grab a Slice)

David is a proud named partner of Russo & Gould LLP, a firm he's been with since 2002 and served as partner since 2007. As a trial attorney, David has tried more than 75 cases to verdict throughout New York, and has participated in more than 100 trials. Litigation is not the only path he looks for on behalf of his clients; he also heads Russo & Gould's Early Settlement Division and has settled hundreds of cases on behalf of insurance carriers and self-insured entities within 12 months of their inception. For the past 25 years, David has been an Adjunct Professor at the City University of New York, Queens College where he teaches courses such as Freedom of Speech, Trial Advocacy and Media Law and Ethics. Several of his former students have been hired as paralegals at the firm. He also lectures frequently for the National Business Institute continuing legal education series and has taught such courses as: Advanced Trial Tactics, Trial Skills Workshop, Mini Med School for Attorneys, Working with Experts and Using Medical Records to Prove Your Case.

September 24, 2021

David Gould and Josh Kardisch to Present on NBI's Mini Med School For Attorneys Program

David Gould and Josh Kardisch to Present on NBI''s Mini Med School For Attorneys Program Legal cases involving medical issues require a strong grasp of how the body functions, how injuries impede those functions and what the prognoses and treatments look like. Attorneys need to know how to effectively evaluate medical records, depose doctors and more. Russo & Gould's David Gould and Josh Kardisch are on the panel for this NBI CLE program on September 30, 2021.