Charles is a shareholder attorney at Wise Carter. His practice centers on litigation and appeals in Mississippi state and federal courts. He represents a litany of clients in the healthcare, financial services, insurance, and railroad industries. He regularly represents clients in administrative matters before state and federal administrative agencies, including protests of government procurements, defense of clients in state and federal regulatory investigations, and proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Throughout his career, Charles has litigated major public policy matters on behalf of Mississippi governmental clients, extending to state and federal legislative redistricting, ballot initiatives, and state and federal constitutional cases.
Charles regularly first chairs appeals in Mississippi appellate courts and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. When necessary, he obtains pro hac vice admission to other federal courts to handle clients’ litigation matters in other jurisdictions.
Charles is a proud graduate of the University of Mississippi and a law clerk alumnus of the Honorable E. Grady Jolly of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In his free time, Charles enjoys exercising, fishing, hunting, golf, and traveling. Charles and his wife, Kristin, live in Madison, Mississippi.
- The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2013
- The University of Mississippi, B.A., magna cum laude, 2010
- Law Clerk for Hon. E. Grady Jolly, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2013-2014
- The Federalist Society, President, Mississippi Lawyers Chapter
- Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
- Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Appointee, Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®: Ones to Watch, Appellate Practice, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024
- Listed in Super Lawyers®: Rising Stars, Business Litigation, 2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023
Publications and Seminars
- Author, Creationism’s Public and Private Fronts: The Protection and Restriction of Religious Freedom, 82 Miss L.J. 223 (2013).
- Author, Constitutional Law-Arrest and Detention Under the Material Witness Statute-Objectively Reasonable Arrest Did Not Violate Fourth Amendment, 81 Miss. L.J. 621, (2011).
- United Healthcare, Inc. v. Mississippi's Community Mental Health Commissions, 335 So.3d 1055 (Miss. 2022) (affirming entry of permanent injunction in favor of clients against managed care company and denial of company's motion to compel arbitration)
- SEL Business Services, LLC v. Lord, 2022 WL 2037761 (Miss. Ct. App. 2022) (affirming entry of summary judgment in favor of community hospital and county clients in dispute over commercial property transaction)
- Sims v. National Railroad Passenger Corp., et al., 2021 WL 6774575 (S.D. Miss. Dec. 30, 2021) (granting summary judgment in favor of railroad clients Amtrak and Norfolk Southern subsidiary in wrongful death case)
- Hale v. Harrison County Board of Supervisors, et al., 8 F.4th 399 (5th Cir. 2021) (affirming dismissal of federal claims against correctional medical provider clients)
- Hoggatt v. Allstate Insurance, et al., 849 Fed. App’x 74 (5th Cir. 2021) (affirming dismissal of federal RICO and state law fraud claims against insurance company client)
- Thomas v. Tate Reeves, et al., 961 F.3d 800 (5th Cir. 2020) (en banc) (vacating as moot district court order finding that State of Mississippi violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act in the apportionment of State Senate District 22)
- Mississippi True v. Miss. Div of Medicaid, 293 So. 2d 243 (Miss. 2020) (representing client in administrative appeal of adverse decisions by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid)
- Butler v. PHC-Cleveland, Inc., 282 So. 3d 441 (Miss. Ct. App. 2019) (affirming dismissal of medical malpractice and wrongful death claims against hospital client)
- J.P. Milam v. Ann Kelly and Jim Kelly, 282 So. 3d 682 (Miss. Ct. App. 2019) (affirming entry of summary judgment in favor of homeowner clients in dispute over residential flooding)
- Harkins v. Jackson Municipal Airport Authority 936 F.3d 224 (5th Cir. 2019) (reversing district court order compelling production of legislative materials by state legislator clients in litigation over control of Jackson, Mississippi airport)
- Inland Family Practice Ctr. v. Amerson, 256 So. 3d 586 (Miss. 2018) (reversing and rendering judgment in favor of healthcare provider clients in defamation lawsuit brought by former patient)
- Miss. Baptist Health Sys., Inc. v. Harkins, 245 So. 3d 370 (Miss. 2018) (representing hospital client in medical negligence suit involving important question of proper venue of medical negligence suits in Mississippi)
- Keyes v. Gunn, 890 F.3d 232 (5th Cir. 2018) (reversed and rendered judgment in favor of state legislator clients in civil rights lawsuit over alleged unequal treatment in voting procedures)
- Legislature of State v. Shipman, 170 So. 3d 1211 (Miss. 2015) (reversing and rendering judgment in favor of client, Mississippi Legislature, in appeal over ballot title in statewide education initiative)
- Gunn v. Hughes, 210 So. 3d 969 (Miss. 2017) (remanding with instructions to dismiss claim against client, Mississippi’s Speaker of the House, in dispute in successful over application of the rules of the Mississippi Legislature)
- Kenneth Palmer v. Canadian National Railway, Administrative Review Board Case No. 16-035 (Sep. 30, 2016) (deciding the proper burden of proof for cases brought under the Federal Railway Safety Act in favor of railroad client)