Charles’s Political Law practice focuses on advising multinational corporations and other entities on regulatory and compliance obligations in the areas of campaign finance law; the Lobbying Disclosure Act (LDA); state and local lobbying law; the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) Rule G-37; state and local pay-to-play law; and federal, state, and local law regulating gifts, entertainment, and governmental ethics. Charles’s clients include financial institutions, health insurers, private equity funds, airlines, and lobbying firms, and he regularly assists clients in developing compliance strategies and in building comprehensive compliance programs. Charles has taught classes on government ethics as a visiting faculty member at both Georgetown University Law Center and Harvard Law School.
Charles’s Strategic Counseling practice focuses on matters involving the intersection of law and public policy. As part of his practice, Charles counsels individuals appointed to Executive Branch positions on federal conflict-of-interest, security clearance, and financial disclosure requirements and helps such appointees formulate strategies for resolving legal and political issues connected to their nomination. Charles frequently assists clients in crafting legislative and regulatory solutions to complex problems, and advises clients on the management of legislative and public policy risk. Charles also routinely participates in election law-related litigation, and has authored numerous appellate and U.S. Supreme Court briefs on redistricting and other political law issues. Charles also counsels financial services clients on legal issues arising from their relationships with public pension funds. In this regard, Charles regularly advises financial services firms on issues relating to the application of the federal Freedom of Information Act and state Public Records Acts to confidential business information provided to public sector entities and regulatory bodies.
Charles’s practice also focuses on public policy issues relating to aggregate litigation. He has taken part in significant legislative initiatives at the federal and state level, including the passage of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, and he has filed numerous amicus briefs in state and federal courts on aggregate litigation issues. Charles also has been active in the area of international class actions. He has counseled clients on the development of aggregate litigation mechanisms in Europe and Asia, assisted clients in responding to European Commission proposals for new group litigation procedures, and advised on the defense of class actions brought in Canada and Australia.
Admitted: Bar of the District of Columbia, 2004
Admitted: Bar of the State of New York, 2003
Admitted: United States Court of Appeals
Fourth Circuit, 2008
Ninth Circuit, 2009
Eleventh Circuit, 2004
M.Sc., distinction, London School of Economics, 2007
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard University, 2001
M.Sc, Scottish History, US/UK Fulbright Scholar, University of Edinburgh, 1999
B.A., History and Political Science, magna cum laude, Yale University, 1997
"The SEC Pay-to-Play Rule: Lessons Learned from the Exemptive Relief Process", The Investment Lawyer, May 2015, Volume 22, Number 5 with Sam Brown and Claire Rajan
"Non-U.S. Issuers Selling Fund Interests In The United States," The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation (July, 2012), with Barbara Stettner, Sam Brown and Claire Rajan
"On the Road to Litigation Abuse: The Continuing Export of U.S. Class Action and Antitrust Law," presented at the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform 2006 Legal Reform Summit (Washington, D.C., October 2006) (co-author, John H. Beisner)
"The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and State Law Antitrust Actions, 20 Antitrust 1" (Fall 2005) (co-author, Ian Simmons)
"Expanding Private Causes of Action: Lessons from the U.S. Litigation Experience," presented at The Trans-Atlantic Challenge: Diverging Approaches to Regulatory and Legal Reform in the United States and Europe (Brussels, Belgium, Sept. 14, 2005) (co-author, John H. Beisner)
"The New Meets the Old: The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 and State Law Indirect Purchaser Antitrust Actions," THE ANTITRUST PRACTICTIONER Vol. 2 (May 2005) at 5 (co-author, Ian Simmons)
"Recent Development,"Primary Elections, 38 Harv. J. on Legis. 263 (2001)