Charles Weigel focuses his practice on civil litigation in the areas of transportation, aviation, products liability, premises liability, directors & officers liability, professional liability, dram shop, construction, environmental, energy, and commercial litigation.
His experience in the areas of transportation and aviation includes the representation of trucking and towing companies, and an airline catering and in-flight services company in personal injury and wrongful death cases, and interstate common carriers in cargo litigation.
Charles seeks to provide his clients with a thorough investigation, evaluation and analysis of their case to promote early resolution and cost-effective representation.
Products Liability Litigation
He has represented the manufacturers, distributors and sellers of products such as construction equipment, re-manufactured auto parts, household appliances, water filtration systems, insulation, tractor-trailers, off-road tires/wheels, and oil field equipment.
He has represented insurance agents, psychologists, social workers, accountants, local government officials, investment advisors, surveyors, condominium associations and corporate officers and directors. He has represented restaurants, hotels, bars, property managers, apartment complexes, colleges, and retail stores in premises liability, dram shop and personal injury litigation.
He also represents and advises churches, religious orders and charitable institutions in sexual tort cases and other matters.
Construction, Personal Injury, & Wrongful Death Litigation
He has represented residential home builders and commercial contractors and subcontractors. In environmental energy and commercial litigation, he has experience representing oil & gas operators, service companies, and suppliers, chemical manufacturers, land owners, landlords, lenders, solar facility operators and franchisors.
Obtained summary judgment which was affirmed on appeal in dram shop action against restaurant based on the statutory safe harbor defense in the Texas Dram Shop Act.
Faircloth v. Borderlands, a Southwest Grill, Inc. et al., Case No. 11-14-00239-CV, Eleventh Court of Appeals, Eastland, Texas (pet. denied)
Charbonnet v. Lee, 951 F.2d 638 (5th Cir 1992)
Repudiated the uncalled witness rule in the Fifth Circuit.
Hebert v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 911 F.2d 1044 (5th Cir 1990)
Obtained defense verdict in jury trial for global fast food restaurant.
Obtained two defense verdicts in federal jury trials for a national retail store in premises liability actions.
Obtained summary judgment in federal court in favor of health care provider on counter-claim against employee benefit plan in case involving the wrongful denial of medical benefits.
Establishing immunity for local government officials involved in passing zoning ordinance in the Fifth Circuit.
Calhoun v. St. Bernard Parish, 937 F.2d 172 (5th Cir 1991), U.S. cert. den. 502 U.S.1060 (1992)
Affirmed summary judgment for psychologist on the grounds of witness and official immunity, abstention, and the domestic relations exception to diversity jurisdiction.
Rogers v. Janzen, 891 F.2d 95 (5th Cir 1989)
Obtained verdict in jury trial enforcing settlement agreement in a construction case.
Obtained summary judgment for contractor based on the independent contractor defense.
Publications & Speaking Engagements
Education, Admissions & Activities
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Phi Delta Phi
Martin Inn, President
Louisiana State University
B.A., magna cum laude, 1984
Phi Kappa Phi
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals
Fourth and Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
United States District Court of Virginia
United States District Court of Louisiana
Eastern, Middle, Western
United States District Court of Texas
Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western
Professional and Community Activities
Catholic Bar Association
Dallas Bar Association
St. Thomas More Society
Mater Dei Latin Mass Parish
Parish Council, 2009-present
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, North American District
Board of Advisors, 1996-2015
Knights of Columbus
Mater Dei Council 15033, St. Ann Assembly 3181
St. Therese Academy