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
Villanova University, J.D. 1980
Temple University, B.A., Philosophy, 1977
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

January 24, 2023

Marie Castronuovo Wins Summary Judgement - Laura Marks v. Lessings, Inc.

On January 9, 2023, Marie Castronuovo''s motion for summary judgment was granted on behalf of our client in the case of Laura Marks v. Lessings, Inc. This case involved a plaintiff who fell down exterior steps at Whitby Castle, claiming the steps were visually confusing. To establish that the steps were not visually confusing Ms Castronuovo presented the Court with the photos of the steps marked at plaintiff''s deposition which depicted various shades of gray on each step, and a darker landing as well as a white framed threshold. She also argued that plaintiff''s expert failed to identify a Building Code violation and admitted that the steps were well lit. Plaintiff opposed the motion, arguing that the steps were an optical illusion and required a mid-handrail. This was rebutted by Ms. Castronuovo who argued that plaintiff''s expert''s opinion only provided suggestions for making the steps safer and did not identify any Building Code requiring a mid-handrail. She further cited to plaintiff''s testimony that she was looking straight ahead as she exited the building, instead of down at the staircase.

January 23, 2023

Marie Castronuovo Wins Summary Judgement - Brian Crosby v. AJA Turnpike et al

On January 3, 2023, Marie Castronuovo''s motion for summary judgment was granted on behalf of our clients in the case of Brian Crosby v. AJA Turnpike et al. Ms. Castronuovo moved for a dismissal of plaintiff''s Labor Law 200, 240 and 241 claims against various Sonic entities. Plaintiff opposed the motion, arguing that there was an agency relationship between the Sonic entities and the owner of the property and the general contractor on the job. Judge Frank Nervo agreed with Ms. Castronuovo''s argument that no agency relationship existed and that the Sonic entities were not subject to the Labor Law.

December 20, 2022

25 Years and Counting - Reflecting on a Wonderful Anniversary Year

25 Years and Counting - Reflecting on a Wonderful Anniversary Year What a fantastic 25th year we had at Russo & Gould! Thank you to our clients and friends for your continued support these 25 years. We enjoyed a busy year; below are some highlights that we wanted to share.