Charles C. Hunter

Charles C. Hunter

Location:
Houston, Texas
Phone:
713-352-7883
877-643-3099
Fax:
713-623-8724
Email:

Charles Hunter was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, where he attended a private preparatory high school on a competitive scholarship and graduated 8th among 125 students. He subsequently attended college at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a bachelor of business administration degree in Finance with honors in 1977.

Mr. Hunter continued his studies at UT Austin to earn a law degree in 1980. As a law student, Mr. Hunter served as Note Editor of the Review of Litigation, as member of the Law School Standards Committee, and as law school delegate to the Constitutional Convention of the Students Association. Mr. Hunter worked as a law student clerk in the law firm of Waggoner Carr, who was a former Texas Attorney General and member of the Warren Commission.

Sworn in as a member of the California State Bar in December 1980, Mr. Hunter worked first with prominent civil rights lawyer Barry Fisher defending religious, speech and associational rights in state and federal courts including the United States Supreme Court in the context of public solicitation of donations, distribution of literature, and land use. He also represented artists and entertainers in copyright and contractual matters. Mr. Hunter next worked for several business and insurance law firms prosecuting and defending securities, trademark, copyright and insurance matters. He drafted insurance coverage opinions and advised business organizations. Later, in private practice, he also represented criminal defendants in state and federal courts gaining valuable courtroom experience.

Returning to Texas in 1994, Mr. Hunter worked as a management consultant advising large churches and related non-profits nationwide on executive compensation issues and on compliance with laws imposing excise taxes as intermediate sanctions on excess benefit transactions. Mr. Hunter next worked as a third-party manager of non-qualified executive benefits plans created by his employer for publicly-traded companies and other large employers in Texas and the Southwest. He left that position to serve as Vice President of a small, Houston-based real estate development firm.

Mr. Hunter joined Woska & Hayes LLP in March 2005 as a securities arbitration attorney. From Houston-based offices, Mr. Hunter successfully represented numerous clients of the firm across the country in settlements, mediations and arbitration hearings concerning the suitability of investments held in securities brokerage accounts.

At Reich & Binstock, LLP, Mr. Hunter worked in Houston, Texas, with Debra Brewer Hayes on consumer class actions, mass actions, and financial and commercial litigation including commercial, health, homeowner and auto insurance coverage disputes, pharmaceutical and medical device products liability, commercial landlord liability, lender liability including derivative swaps, employment retaliation, fair labor standards act violations involving payment of minimum wage and overtime, and consumer fraud including Telephone Consumer Protection Act violations.

Mr. Hunter has represented county governments across the nation in actions to collect deed recording fees and real property transfer taxes from an association of banks and title companies and from government sponsored enterprises. He continues the firm's successful representation of consumers in actions against auto insurers for their failure to pay diminished value losses on vehicles involved in accidents. He has assisted Ms. Hayes' service on the Steering Committee of the Providers Track of cases in the Blue Cross Blue Shield Anti-Trust Litigation and as interim co-lead counsel in the Yamaha outboard motor products liability litigation. Mr. Hunter also advises Houston businesses and individuals in corporate and contractual matters and litigates their disputes with customers and competitors.

Mr. Hunter is an active member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Texas. He has held memberships in the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association ("PIABA"). In October 2007, he presented the following papers at the 16th Annual Meeting of PIABA:

• A Measure of Quality and Quantity--Market Adjusted Damages as Proof of the Broker's Failure to Diversify--A Causal Connection Between Malfeasance and Damages (co-authored with Lawrence Melton). This article was subsequently published in PIABA Bar Journal's Fall 2007 issue.
• Framing the Issues--Liability for Losses on Transferred in Securities Grounded on Non-Disclosure and on Violation of High Standards of Commercial Honor. This article was subsequently published in PIABA Bar Journal's Fall 2007 issue.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Class Actions
  • Environmental Law
  • Mesothelioma & Asbestos
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Products Liability Law
  • Whistleblower/Qui Tam
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Drugs & Medical Devices
  • Housing & Construction Defects
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

Education

  • The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas - 1980
    • Honors: Member, Review of Litigation
    • Honors: Delegate to the Constitutional Convention of the Students Association
    • Law Review: Review of Litigation, Note Editor
  • University of Texas at Austin
    • Bachelor of Business Administration - 1997
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association ("PIABA")

Past Employment Positions

  • Woska & Hayes LLP, Securities Arbitration Attorney, 2005 - Present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Society of Financial Service Professionals