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Charles Correll is a partner in the San Francisco and Houston offices with over twenty years of courtroom and arbitration experience. He is a member of our Contracts and Business Torts, Energy, Class Action, and International Arbitration practices. Charles  pursues and defends his clients’ interests in complex commercial, mass tort and environmental litigation in both domestic and international disputes.

In an era of over-specialization, Charles has maintained a broad and diverse practice, bringing strategic judgment, tested courtroom skills, and dedication to his clients in  a wide variety of matters in federal and state courts, and before international and domestic arbitration panels. These include class actions; breaches of contract; construction; oil and gas exploration and royalty disputes; environmental issues (statutory and tort); business torts; personal injury matters; investment disputes; antitrust claims; patent infringement; trade secrets; and enforcement of international arbitration awards.

With significant experience in the energy industry, Charles represents large oil companies, independent exploration, and production companies and service providers in all types of disputes, including upstream, midstream and downstream matters.

Previously, Charles was an officer in the U.S. Army, where he served as a tank platoon leader for the Second Armored Cavalry Regiment in Operation Desert Storm. He currently serves on the national board of directors for the West Point Association of Graduates.  Beat Navy!

Charles is ranked as “Tier 1” by Legal 500 in energy litigation, and in product liability and mass tort defense. He has also been named a “Texas Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly Magazine.

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Credentials

J.D., Yale University

B.S., United States Military Academy

California

Oklahoma

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

California Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Texas Bar Association

Matters

Energy, Commercial, Class Action, Construction and Environmental Litigation in Federal and State Courts

Representing a major oil company as national litigation counsel in numerous MTBE cases in which private water companies, public water utilities and state agencies allege that MTBE is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product that has contaminated public drinking water supplies in California, New York and numerous other states.  He has tried one case to verdict thus far, obtaining a complete win at one station and defeating the large damages claims on the others.

Representing a major oil company in numerous cases brought by residents and the local municipal government relating to a refinery fire.

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Energy, Commercial, Class Action, Construction and Environmental Litigation in Federal and State Courts

Representing a major oil company as national litigation counsel in numerous MTBE cases in which private water companies, public water utilities and state agencies allege that MTBE is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product that has contaminated public drinking water supplies in California, New York and numerous other states.  He has tried one case to verdict thus far, obtaining a complete win at one station and defeating the large damages claims on the others.

Representing a major oil company in numerous cases brought by residents and the local municipal government relating to a refinery fire.

Representing a major oil company in a putative royalty class action in California. The case involves all private leases held by the company in California.

Representing Equifax in a statewide unfair completion law (UCL) case in state court.

Representing a major non-U.S. auto manufacturer in an antitrust class action in federal court.

Representing a major pharmaceutical company in a state court action to recover money arising out of a brownfield development project.  Successfully defended company against claims to pierce the corporate veil brought by a lender seeking to recover over $50 million.

Represented a major oil company in a three-state class oil and gas royalty class action with claims over $2 billion.  Obtained a favorable settlement.

Represented a major oil company in numerous gas royalty disputes and gross production severance tax suits, including class actions, brought in Oklahoma by private royalty owners and the Oklahoma Tax Commission alleging that the company underpaid royalties and taxes due to affiliate sales and improper deductions of post-production costs. Obtained favorable settlements in all cases.

Represented an international contractor concerning delay, disruption and change order claims arising out of an underwater demolition and construction project.

Represented a major oil company in a billion-dollar putative class action in federal court in which plaintiffs sought to certify a class of all persons damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Obtained a dismissal of all claims with prejudice.

Represented a major oil company in a $600 million preferential rights dispute. Arbitration panel awarded a take-nothing award in favor of the oil company.

Represented a major oil company in an environmental lawsuit in federal court in which a state attorney general sought over four billion dollars in damages. Obtained summary judgment on all claims.

Represented a major offshore drilling company in a class-action antitrust case in federal court in which the plaintiffs sought $15 billion in damages. While most defendants settled for millions of dollars, King  Spalding’s client settled for a nominal amount after aggressively defending the plaintiffs’ class certification efforts.

Represented a wealthy investor in numerous disputes related to investments in privately held companies in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Claims included breach of fiduciary duty, breach of various contracts and investment agreements, and statutory violations. Ultimately negotiated a favorable cross-border settlement and restructuring agreement.

Represented a professional services corporation in a dispute concerning the sale of an affiliated company. After a two-week trial in Houston, Texas, the company obtained a defense verdict on the plaintiff’s claims and recovered damages and enforcement of the relevant contracts pursuant to the company’s counter-claims.

Represented an inventor in a two-week patent trial in federal court in Houston, Texas, obtaining a multi-million-dollar verdict.

Represented a Wall Street brokerage firm in a securities fraud case in state court in Dallas, Texas. The case settled for a nominal amount after a Dallas jury in a court-ordered summary jury trial returned a defense verdict on all claims.

Represented a major oil company in companion trade secret/patent infringement cases in state courts in California and Texas in which the plaintiff sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages under a joint development agreement. The case settled for a nominal amount after extensive expert analysis disproved the worth of the technology at issue.

International Arbitration

Obtained an award in excess of $350 million on behalf of an international EPC contractor in an ICC arbitration against a national oil company involving claims of delay, disruption and additional costs incurred in the design and construction of large offshore oil and gas production platforms in Latin America.

Tried a case in federal court to enforce an annulled ICC award, obtaining a judgment enforcing the award and requiring the defendant to post significant security while the appeal was pending.

Represented an independent exploration company in an ICC arbitration against a drilling subcontractor. The matter settled on favorable terms.

Represented an independent exploration company in an International AAA arbitration in a dispute over a development agreement and associated confidentiality agreements. The dispute settled on favorable terms.

Advised an international construction company on the enforcement and collection of an $80 million ICC Award.

Advised an international exploration company on several matters governed by international arbitration provisions for construction and development of facilities in Africa that were resolved favorably without having to file for arbitration.

Advised an international exploration and development company concerning an AMI dispute in Africa that settled favorably without having to file for arbitration.

Insights

Article · Source: Hart Energy’s E&P

July 1, 2014
Fracking in the Golden State

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Matters

Energy, Commercial, Class Action, Construction and Environmental Litigation in Federal and State Courts

Representing a major oil company as national litigation counsel in numerous MTBE cases in which private water companies, public water utilities and state agencies allege that MTBE is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product that has contaminated public drinking water supplies in California, New York and numerous other states.  He has tried one case to verdict thus far, obtaining a complete win at one station and defeating the large damages claims on the others.

Representing a major oil company in numerous cases brought by residents and the local municipal government relating to a refinery fire.

See more
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Matters

Energy, Commercial, Class Action, Construction and Environmental Litigation in Federal and State Courts

Representing a major oil company as national litigation counsel in numerous MTBE cases in which private water companies, public water utilities and state agencies allege that MTBE is a defective and unreasonably dangerous product that has contaminated public drinking water supplies in California, New York and numerous other states.  He has tried one case to verdict thus far, obtaining a complete win at one station and defeating the large damages claims on the others.

Representing a major oil company in numerous cases brought by residents and the local municipal government relating to a refinery fire.

Representing a major oil company in a putative royalty class action in California. The case involves all private leases held by the company in California.

Representing Equifax in a statewide unfair completion law (UCL) case in state court.

Representing a major non-U.S. auto manufacturer in an antitrust class action in federal court.

Representing a major pharmaceutical company in a state court action to recover money arising out of a brownfield development project.  Successfully defended company against claims to pierce the corporate veil brought by a lender seeking to recover over $50 million.

Represented a major oil company in a three-state class oil and gas royalty class action with claims over $2 billion.  Obtained a favorable settlement.

Represented a major oil company in numerous gas royalty disputes and gross production severance tax suits, including class actions, brought in Oklahoma by private royalty owners and the Oklahoma Tax Commission alleging that the company underpaid royalties and taxes due to affiliate sales and improper deductions of post-production costs. Obtained favorable settlements in all cases.

Represented an international contractor concerning delay, disruption and change order claims arising out of an underwater demolition and construction project.

Represented a major oil company in a billion-dollar putative class action in federal court in which plaintiffs sought to certify a class of all persons damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Obtained a dismissal of all claims with prejudice.

Represented a major oil company in a $600 million preferential rights dispute. Arbitration panel awarded a take-nothing award in favor of the oil company.

Represented a major oil company in an environmental lawsuit in federal court in which a state attorney general sought over four billion dollars in damages. Obtained summary judgment on all claims.

Represented a major offshore drilling company in a class-action antitrust case in federal court in which the plaintiffs sought $15 billion in damages. While most defendants settled for millions of dollars, King  Spalding’s client settled for a nominal amount after aggressively defending the plaintiffs’ class certification efforts.

Represented a wealthy investor in numerous disputes related to investments in privately held companies in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Claims included breach of fiduciary duty, breach of various contracts and investment agreements, and statutory violations. Ultimately negotiated a favorable cross-border settlement and restructuring agreement.

Represented a professional services corporation in a dispute concerning the sale of an affiliated company. After a two-week trial in Houston, Texas, the company obtained a defense verdict on the plaintiff’s claims and recovered damages and enforcement of the relevant contracts pursuant to the company’s counter-claims.

Represented an inventor in a two-week patent trial in federal court in Houston, Texas, obtaining a multi-million-dollar verdict.

Represented a Wall Street brokerage firm in a securities fraud case in state court in Dallas, Texas. The case settled for a nominal amount after a Dallas jury in a court-ordered summary jury trial returned a defense verdict on all claims.

Represented a major oil company in companion trade secret/patent infringement cases in state courts in California and Texas in which the plaintiff sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages under a joint development agreement. The case settled for a nominal amount after extensive expert analysis disproved the worth of the technology at issue.

International Arbitration

Obtained an award in excess of $350 million on behalf of an international EPC contractor in an ICC arbitration against a national oil company involving claims of delay, disruption and additional costs incurred in the design and construction of large offshore oil and gas production platforms in Latin America.

Tried a case in federal court to enforce an annulled ICC award, obtaining a judgment enforcing the award and requiring the defendant to post significant security while the appeal was pending.

Represented an independent exploration company in an ICC arbitration against a drilling subcontractor. The matter settled on favorable terms.

Represented an independent exploration company in an International AAA arbitration in a dispute over a development agreement and associated confidentiality agreements. The dispute settled on favorable terms.

Advised an international construction company on the enforcement and collection of an $80 million ICC Award.

Advised an international exploration company on several matters governed by international arbitration provisions for construction and development of facilities in Africa that were resolved favorably without having to file for arbitration.

Advised an international exploration and development company concerning an AMI dispute in Africa that settled favorably without having to file for arbitration.

Insights

Article · Source: Hart Energy’s E&P

July 1, 2014
Fracking in the Golden State

View all

Credentials

J.D., Yale University

B.S., United States Military Academy

California

Oklahoma

Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

California Bar Association

Houston Bar Association

Texas Bar Association