Charlie is an adaptive trial and appellate lawyer who represents clients in high-stakes cases in jurisdictions across the United States.  As a recent example, he obtained a defense verdict as lead counsel in federal court in Miami in a $50M data-breach case.  In the past few years he has also obtained defense verdicts as lead counsel in Brooklyn, New York; Portland, Oregon; Northern California; New Jersey; Houston, Texas; and Southern Missouri, among other jurisdictions. He has also been lead appellate counsel in consequential cases in state and federal appellate courts. These varied experiences allow Charlie to help clients of all sizes and industries to navigate the risks associated with litigation to proactively solve problems in different areas of law.

Charlie is currently national trial and appellate counsel for a several multinational corporations. His subject-matter experience has ranged from the defense of international corporations in antitrust and RICO litigation to federal criminal and civil rights litigation on behalf of those unable to afford representation and all things in between. This has included defending complex commercial, consumer protection, mass tort, catastrophic injury/wrongful death, class action and product liability matters for many different industries.

Charlie also has significant appellate experience. He has briefed or argued appeals in eight federal appellate courts, several of which involved consequential legal issues or the appeal of jury trials. He has made favorable law for clients on appeal and has obtained the reversal of adverse judgments in both civil and criminal cases. Moreover, one of his federal appeals is included in a prominent casebook on tort law taught to law students. This appellate experience allows Charlie as a courtroom lawyer and business advisor to identify the legal issues that help leverage better outcomes.

Charlie also manages entire case dockets under alternative-fee arrangements. Charlie’s experience managing case dockets includes serving as in-house counsel overseeing hundreds of cases across the United States. These experiences allow Charlie to better understand the bigger picture for clients.

While in law school, Charlie was an executive editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law. He authored an article on geographic market definition in antitrust cases that was in the Baylor Law Review. As an undergraduate, Charlie was a student senator and a varsity athlete.

Representative Matters

Recent Trials

Dryer v. Scott Technologies, Madison County, New York (2015) (first-chair in five-week $50M high-profile product liability trial involving burn and amputation injuries to a firefighter).

Nooter Corp. v. Evanston Ins. Co., St. Louis City, Missouri (2014) (three-week jury and declaratory judgment trial involving $100M commercial and insurance issues).

Bohl v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., Somerset County, New Jersey (2014) (defense verdict in permanent disability claim).

Millwood Golf & Racket v. SimplexGrinnell, Greene County, Missouri (2013) (defense verdict in $3M commercial kitchen fire).

Roman v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., Kings County, New York (Brooklyn) (2013) (defense verdict in 10-day trial claiming permanent disability from electrical accident).

Valbruna Stainless Steel v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., Harris County, Texas (Houston) (2012) (defense verdict in fraud/consumer protection state court trial; favorable directed verdict on breach of contract counterclaim).

Parker-Hendricksen v. Rodriguez, et. al., Monmouth County, New Jersey (2011) (defense verdict in permanent-disability case involving commercial truck/pedestrian accident).

Nacol & Associates v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., USDC for Southern District of Texas (Houston) (2011) (jury verdict in $1.8M exposure consumer-fraud case remitted to $1,000).

PacifiCorp v. SimplexGrinnell, Multnomah County, Oregon (2010) (defense verdict in case involving electrical engineering issues following power plant accident).

Traveler’s Indemnity v. SimplexGrinnell, Placer County, California (2009) (defense verdict in multimillion-dollar case involving restaurant fire).


Barko Hydraulics, LLC v. Shepherd, 167 So.3d 304 (2014) (reversal of adverse jury verdict).

Davis v. Brickman Landscaping, Ltd., 219 N.J. 395 (2014) (reinstating summary judgment on expert issues in $10M case where two minors died).

Nirvana v. ADT Sec. Services Inc. 881 F. Supp. 2d 556 (S.D.N.Y. 2012), aff’d (2d Cir. 2013) (affirming dismissal of $3M tort and fraud theories).

ADT Sec. Services, Inc. v. Van Peterson Fine Jewelers, 390 S.W.3d 603 (Court of Appeals of Texas, Dallas, 2012) (interlocutory appeal reversing denial of summary judgment on four claims).

Core-Mark Midcontinent, Inc. v. Sonitrol Corp., 300 P.3d 963 (2012 COA 120) (vacating jury award based on erroneous exclusion of expert witnesses).

Valenzuela v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., 475 Fed.Appx. 115 (9th Cir. 2012) (affirming summary judgment on tort and fraud claims).

Greenspan v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., 444 Fed. Appx. 566, 2011 WL 4361530 (affirming favorable summary judgment order and reversing sole adverse ruling).

United States v. Taylor, 636 F.3d 461, (8th Cir. Feb. 18, 2011) (reversing denial of motion to suppress evidence obtained during automobile search that violated Fourth Amendment).

Spengler v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., 505 F.3d 456 (6th Cir. 2007) (affirming summary judgment in wrongful-death case; creating significant industry precedent).

Synnex Corp. v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., 394 N.J. Super. 577 (App. Div. 2007) (dismissal of jury verdict).

United States v. Aldridge, 413 F.3d 829 (8th Cir. 2005) (vacated unconstitutional sentence, ultimately resulted in a significant reduction; affirmed conviction over dissent).

Johnson v.Blaukat, 453 F.3d 1108 (8th Cir.2006) (reversal of adverse grant of summary judgment in civil rights case).


Charles C. Eblen & Kristina L. Burmeister, Minimize Liability in Freeze and Burst Lawsuits, Fire Protection Contractor, Dec. 2013, at 28.

Charlie Eblen & Aaron Kirkland, Maximize Your Contract’s Exculpatory Provisions, Law360, July 15, 2013. 

Paul A. Williams, Charles C. Eblen & Kristina L. Burmeister, Minimizing Tort Liability With The Right Terms, Law360, Feb. 28, 2012. 

Charles C. Eblen, Defining the Geographic Market in Modern Commerce: The Effect of Globalization and E-Commerce on Tampa Electric and its Progeny, Baylor Law Review (Dec. 2004).