For over twenty years, Charles has worked with companies and individuals to resolve disputes in numerous jurisdictions in the US and around the world. Well-versed in both out-of-court negotiation and aggressive litigation, Charles works closely with clients to plan and execute smart legal strategies to achieve the results they deserve.
Charles’s diverse work includes having seized multiple vessels in Korea for several US- and European-based companies, representing a Russian aircraft dealership to obtain an outstanding seven-figure debt from a US manufacturer, obtaining an outstanding debt against a US company for a Russian company selling seafood products, and arbitrating a multi-million dollar breach of contract action before CIETAC in Shenzhen, China. Charles recently won a landmark maritime case expanding a cruise line’s duty to care for passengers through their final disembarkation in Italy and prevailed in a two week contempt action brought in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Leading media outlets including Fox News and PBS have interviewed Charles on a variety of issues, including maritime piracy and international criminal law. His extensive experience in the complex areas of maritime and international litigation and arbitration have earned widespread recognition, as well as the trust of high-profile clients around the world.
Charles grew up in Houston, Texas. In his free time he enjoys tennis, skiing, and spending time with his two daughters.
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Partner/Founder, Harris Moure (2004-Present)
Contract Attorney, Preston, Gates & Ellis (1998-2003)
“Ohio Man Sues After Wife Dies on Cruise in Belize,” The Seattle Times, October 20, 2013.
“Court: Sea Shepherd Anti-Whaling Protesters are Pirates,” The Seattle Times, February 26, 2013.
“Whalers Threaten Contempt Action Against Sea Shepherd,” The Sydney Morning Herald, February 4, 2013.
Sea Shepherd Slams U.S.court Order to Keep Distance from Whaling Ships, The Japan Times, December 20, 2012.
“Sea Shepherd Wins Victory in Court against Japanese Whalers,” 3 News, February 17, 2012.
“Bellevue Crab Importer Awaits Trial in Russia,” The Seattle Times, January 3, 2010.
“Entwistle speaks to U.S. officials over murders,” Fox News, January 27, 2006.
“Legal Issues in Marine Life Preservation,” University of Washington, May 13, 2012.
ICR v. SSCS (2011): defended marine conservation organization against allegations of piracy in the Southern Ocean
Simar v. Global Fishing (2010): represented Russian fishing company to collect on six-figure debt
Mechling v. HAL (2011): obtained settlement for husband of victim of wrongful death at sea
Kirk v. HAL (2006): represented injured cruise passenger in case extending cruise line’s duty of care for passengers through final disembarcation
Wyler v. HAL (2003): obtained settlement for injured cruise passenger, leading court to publish opinion providing the summary judgment standard for all personal injury cases filed against Holland America Line
Dean’s List, St. Thomas University (1991)
High Honors in Admiralty, Professor Robert M. Jarvis
Judicial Extern, United States Federal District Court Magistrate Judge William C. Turnoff
US Coast Guard Captain’s License
Washington State Bar Association
Florida State Bar Association
Oregon State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit
United States Federal Court for the Western District of Washington
United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Florida
Operation Nightwatch Men’s Shelter, Epiphany Church