CHUCK DOUGLAS is a senior trial lawyer and Chairman Emeritus of the firm’s Management Committee on which he served as Chairman from 1999–2014. He maintains an active trial practice and has extensive litigation experience in major antitrust, trade regulation, securities, product liability and commercial litigation. Chuck has successfully represented some of the firm’s largest clients in high-profile trials in a variety of complex cases. This experience encompasses:
- Representing AT&T Inc. (and its predecessors) in major trials for nearly 30 years. Representative cases include a price-fixing class action in Kansas City, Mo. in which, following a six-week trial, the jury returned a verdict on the claim for AT&T. Another trial featured a major securities class action before a jury in Trenton, N.J., in which the plaintiff sought billions of dollars in damages but which resulted in a favorable settlement for AT&T after three weeks of trial.
- The successful defense of G.D. Searle & Co. (now a part of Pfizer) in an antitrust class action seeking billions of dollars in damages. Following 10 weeks of trial, and before Searle even had to put on a defense, the judge directed a verdict for the defendants. Seventeen other pharmaceutical companies had previously paid over $700 million to settle the same claims.
- Major securities cases for the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche, LLP, including two hotly contested arbitration trials in which both panels rejected all claims against Deloitte.
Chuck’s many successful trials resulted in his induction as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2008. His strong advocacy on behalf of his clients has also earned him acknowledgement in numerous industry publications. According to Chambers USA, “Charles Douglas is known for his expertise handling class action defense, particularly for major price discrimination cases.” In 2013, Chambers USA states that “sources speak highly of his commitment to client service and name him ‘a power hitter.’” That publication has also recognized him in the area of Antitrust and Litigation: General Commercial. Chuck was also named as a “Local Star” in Benchmark Litigation in Illinois and recommended in Antitrust in The Legal 500 US. He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016–2022 for Bet-the-Company Litigation, Antitrust Law, Commercial Litigation, Antitrust Litigation and Mediation.