Charles G. Cole has handled appeals in every federal circuit. Those cases have concerned federal preemption, administrative law, railroad law, insurance law, energy law, class actions, tribal sovereignty, punitive damages, bankruptcy, and constitutional law. At the state level, he has won appeals in California, New York, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Montana and West Virginia.
Chuck has won challenging appeals at every level of the judicial system. His wins include three 9-0 victories in the US Supreme Court, in fields as diverse as tribal sovereignty (Atkinson Trading Company v. Shirley), international trade (USEC v Eurodif), and railroad regulation (Southern Pacific Transp. v. Commercial Metals Co.). He has also won split decisions in the US Supreme Court, such as his defense of federal preemption in New York v. FERC.
Chuck believes in the power of language – writing that tells a story. His writing won him one of the first Burton Awards for Achievement in Legal Writing as well as an award from The Green Bag for an amicus brief that he filed on behalf of 18 former chief justices of the state supreme courts.
Chuck’s insight as an oral advocate has led to his role as a moot court judge for the Georgetown Supreme Court Institute and a similar role preparing Supreme Court advocates for the National Association of Attorneys General.
Chuck has served as national Chair of the 600-member ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers and has also received a Recognition of Excellence Award from the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.
- Edward Coke Appellate Inn of Court (2002-present)
- Chair, Council of Appellate Lawyers, American Bar Association (2004-2005)
- Board Member, Council of Appellate Lawyers, American Bar Association (2000-2006)
- Executive Committee, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (2007-2014)
- Project Advisory Board, State of Criminal Justice, American Bar Association (1994-2000)
- J.D., Harvard Law School, 1976, magna cum laude; Senior Note Editor, Harvard Law Review
- B.A., Yale University, 1973, summa cum laude
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