Charles R. Parker
Charles practices complex business and securities litigation and has extensive experience conducting internal investigations and representing officers, directors, and corporations in SEC enforcement actions. He also has litigation experience in the areas of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, SEC and CFTC enforcement actions, minority shareholder oppression, derivative transactions, trade secrets, professional liability and class actions.
Charles was previously registered as a Commodity Trading Advisor and Commodity Pool Operator by the CFTC and was licensed by the State Securities Board as a Texas Securities Dealer/Investment Advisor.
Charles is admitted to practice in Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Sixth Circuits, and all U.S. District Courts in Texas.
- Served as lead plaintiff’s counsel for limited partners against a general partner for breach of fiduciary duty. The general partner put its interest ahead of the limited partners in negotiating the restructuring of the mortgages of an office building where the major tenant had defaulted. Trial resulted in a $60 million verdict, which was settled after notice to all limited partners and approval by the court.
- Handled numerous business valuation cases which resulted in jury trials and/or arbitrations. This included representing minority shareholders for minority shareholder oppression and valuation of interest due to mergers, and representing partnerships and individual partners in disputes over valuation, severance, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
- Served as lead plaintiff’s counsel for a not-for-profit health care system in a suit against the largest money management company in the U.S. for breach of fiduciary duty related to investment in an institutional money markets fund. After extensive discovery and before trial, a successful confidential settlement for the plaintiff was reached.
- Served as lead plaintiff’s counsel for the parents of a young man who died when the brakes malfunctioned on his vehicle. Their son had obtained a complete brake job from a company representing it was a brake specialist. The suit alleged that the defendant’s brake job had been improperly conducted. The defense asserted there was no brake malfunction and that the accident was caused by excessive speed. Immediately prior to trial a confidential settlement was reached.
- “Texas Super Lawyer” in Securities Litigation, Thomson Reuters
- Best Lawyers in America® in Commercial and Personal Injury Defense Litigation
- "Lion of the Texas Bar," Texas Lawbook, 2015
- Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers, Texas Bar Foundation
- Member: International Society of Barristers, American Board of Trial Advocates
- Member: State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, Houston Bar Association
- Board Member: Buffalo Bayou Partnership
- Development Board Member: UT Health Science Center at Houston
- "What Every Litigator Needs to Know About the 5th Amendment," February 2018 (co-author)
- Q&A Profile, Law360, April 15, 2013
- "FCPA, Sanctions, Export & Antiboycott Compliance" and "The Attorney-Client Privilege," Texas Bar CLE, June 6, 2012
- "What Every Civil Litigator Needs to Know About Criminal Law," 34th Annual Page Keeton Civil Litigation Conference, October, 2010
- "Responding to SEC and DOJ Investigations," Internal and Government Investigations, June, 2006 (co-author)
- "Keeping Energy Companies Out of Trouble–Dealing with the SEC Ethical Dilemmas, and Avoiding Criminal Liability," March, 2005 (co-authored with Stacy Williams)
- "Corporate Governance: How to Stay Out of Trouble, Post Sarbanes-Oxley," February, 2004 (co-author)
- The University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1974
- The University of Texas, B.B.A, 1970
- Admitted to Practice: Texas, 1974