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

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