Charles Kimmett has been identified as “a go-to attorney in business law” and “the kind you’d go to war with.” He has substantial trial experience in federal and state court
and before arbitration tribunals. His practice areas include civil and
commercial litigation; defamation and privacy law; telecommunications
litigation; and internal corporate investigations.
- Charles was lead counsel in an arbitration that,
after a 10-day hearing, successfully resolved his client’s claims arising out
of the breach of a multi-million dollar teaming agreement.
- Charles won the dismissal of a Section 1983 action brought against a top-20 law firm.
- As lead counsel representing a whistleblower who reported wrongdoing by the Pennsylvania AG’s office, Charles deposed Governor Tom Corbett and other high-ranking state officials.
- Charles was part of the team that obtained one of the largest Privacy Act recoveries and the complete vindication of Dr. Stephen Hatfill, wrongly accused of the 2001 anthrax attacks.
- Charles handles telecom litigation before the FCC, in court, and in arbitrations on issues including program access, retransmission consent, interconnection, and number porting.
Clients rely on Charles to identify anonymous wrongdoers and
obtain non-public information:
- In the Hatfill litigation, Charles argued before the Virginia and D.C. Federal District Courts and obtained orders compelling journalists from the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Washington Post to identify confidential sources who had illegally leaked
- Charles filed a John Doe suit against unknown persons who stole his clients’ financial information through illegal “pretexting” and who sent anonymous emails disparaging his clients. Charles successfully identified and obtained confessional deposition testimony from the pretexter, identified who hired him, and identified the anonymous e-mailer.
- Charles was retained by an Indenture Trustee and successfully argued in federal bankruptcy court to unseal documents that detailed arbitration claims and expert witness reports against a Big-Four auditor, despite the documents having been sealed pursuant to court order.
Charles defends corporations and individuals in matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unlawful termination, in regulatory investigations, class actions, and in testimony before Congressional committees. He has substantial experience in suits involving the enforcement of preliminary agreements, teaming agreements, and letters of intent. He engages in internal investigations on matters involving potential consumer and bank fraud, regulatory violations, and criminal misconduct. Charles previously provided prepublication copy review services for two national publications.
Charles was a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal and published a Note and two Book Notes on labor and mass tort law. He clerked for Justice Stewart G. Pollock of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Prior to joining the firm, Charles was a trial litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP.