Charles Eblen

Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP

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Grand Boulevard 2555
Kansas City 64108 MO US

Charles C. Eblen is a versatile and adaptive trial and appellate lawyer who represents clients in high-stakes cases in jurisdictions across the United States. As clients have described him, “He is one of the top young trial lawyers in the country [routinely] tapped to try cases that are ten to a hundred million dollars, if not more. He is in high demand and extraordinarily effective.”

Recent examples include three first-chair trial victories as a plaintiff’s lawyer, including a $4 million jury verdict in a 2019 Lanham Act case in the Southern District of Florida. In another case, Charlie obtained a $10 million settlement on the third day of trial in federal court in West Palm Beach, Florida.

As lead defense counsel, he obtained a defense verdict in a $50 million data breach trial in Miami federal court that lasted three weeks and eventually resulted in a post-trial $1.75 million attorney’s fee recovery.

As an appellate lawyer, Charlie has had several adverse jury verdicts reversed on appeal. For example, in a $5 million consumer fraud case in Dallas County, Texas, the appellate court reversed the verdict and entered judgment for Charlie’s client.

Charlie also has obtained defense verdicts in Brooklyn, New York; Portland, Oregon; northern California; New Jersey; Houston, Texas; and southern Missouri, among other jurisdictions.

Charlie has also been lead counsel in consequential cases in appellate courts across the country. He has argued more than 30 appeals in more than 15 different state and federal appellate courts. Moreover, one of his federal appeals is included in a prominent casebook on tort law.

His work has also resulted in the reversal of two civil jury verdicts and one federal criminal conviction. Charlie’s experience in the appellate court have helped him develop the ability to identify legal issues that leverage better outcomes for his clients, not only as a courtroom lawyer, but as a business adviser.

Recognized for his trial and post-trial experience, Charlie is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, the legal honorary society composed of less than one-half of 1% of American lawyers.

Fellowship is highly selective and by invitation only, and fellows are selected based upon evaluations of excellence, effectiveness and accomplishments in litigation, and superior ethical reputation.

Charlie is currently national trial and appellate counsel for a several multinational corporations. He has defended a range of clients in matters involving a wide variety of subjects, including the defense of international corporations in antitrust and RICO litigation; federal criminal and civil rights litigation on behalf of those unable to afford representation; complex commercial matters; as well as consumer protection, mass tort, catastrophic injury/wrongful death, class action and product liability matters for many different industries.

Charlie also manages entire case dockets under alternative fee arrangements, and has served as in-house counsel overseeing hundreds of cases across the United States. His case management and in-house counsel experience gives him insight into not only the litigation needs of his clients, but also their business needs, allowing him to fully understand a client’s objectives and the big picture of how litigation and business operations affect each other.

Representative Matters:

  • National Union v. Tyco Integrated Security, USDC for Southern District of Florida (Miami). Defense verdict as first chair in $50 million data breach trial resulting in $1.75 million attorney’s fee recovery.
  • Dryer v. Scott Technologies, Madison County, New York (2015). First-chair in five-week $50 million high-profile product liability trial involving burn and amputation injuries to a firefighter.
  • Nooter Corp. v. Evanston Ins. Co., St. Louis City, Missouri (2014). Three-week jury and declaratory judgment trial involving $100 million commercial and insurance issues.
  • Bohl v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., Somerset County, New Jersey (2014). (defense verdict in permanent disability claim).
  • Millwood Golf & Racket v. SimplexGrinnell, Greene County, Missouri (2013) Defense verdict in $3 million commercial kitchen fire.
  • Roman v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., Kings County, New York (Brooklyn) (2013). Defense verdict in 10-day trial claiming permanent disability from electri cal accident.
  • Valbruna Stainless Steel v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., Harris County, Texas (Houston) (2012). Defense verdict in fraud/consumer protection state court trial; favorable directed verdict on breach of contract counterclaim.
  • Parker-Hendricksen v. Rodriguez, Monmouth County, New Jersey (2011) Defense verdict in permanent disability case involving commercial truck/pedestrian accident).
  • Nacol & Associates v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., USDC for Southern District of Texas (Houston) (2011). Jury verdict in $1.8 million exposure consumer fraud case remitted to $1,000.
  • PacifiCorp v. SimplexGrinnell, Multnomah County, Oregon (2010). Defense verdict in case involving electrical engineering issues following power plant accident.

Education:

  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University Law School, 2003
  • Universidad de Ramon Llull-ESADE, Barcelona, Spain, 2002
  • B.A., high honors, Truman State University, 2000

Bar Admissions:

  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, District of Kansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships:

  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Missouri Coalition for the Right to Counsel, Board Member (2018)

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