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Charles E. Harris, II

Charles E. Harris, II

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Charles E. Harris, II, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, focuses his practice on a range of matters of paramount importance to the business community, including class actions, arbitration agreements, contract and real estate disputes, administrative actions, and privacy and cybersecurity. Charles has also handled many First Amendment cases alleging defamation and other privacy torts. In addition, as a registered patent attorney, he has litigated patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes. He also represents clients on appeal in both federal and state courts.

Charles has distinguished himself as a versatile lawyer who possesses abilities in many areas of litigation. For instance, he has prepared matters for trial, tried cases to completion, and argued appeals in state and federal courts. Further, he has successfully defended individual and class action suits arising under the TCPA, AIPA, FCRA, FDCPA and state consumer fraud statutes and he has defended suits seeking damages due to data security breaches.

Charles has litigated dozens of actions to enforce arbitration agreements. In doing so, he has faced many threshold questions of arbitrability, such as whether the court or an arbitrator decides if an arbitration agreement permits class arbitration. Charles has also represented clients engaged in arbitration concerning a range of subject matters before the AAA, ICDR, ICC and IFTA. And he himself acts as an arbitrator in commercial disputes before the AAA.

Charles has also defended clients in administrative actions before agencies such as the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) and the Illinois Department of Revenue (IDOR). He has handled administrative hearings before these bodies, and administrative reviews of their decisions in trial and appellate courts.

Charles counsels clients in a range of areas, including complying with the FTC and HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules, creating and sustaining arbitration programs, complying with the TCPA, VPPA and Section 230 of the CDA, and avoiding First Amendment and privacy issues. In addition, Charles has led the litigation due diligence assessment in a number of large mergers, including the merger of the Chicago Board of Trade and Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

Charles has received a number of accolades for his leadership and legal experience, including Super Lawyers naming him to its “Illinois Rising Stars” list from 2013 to 2017, The Network Journal honoring him with its “40 Under Forty” Achievement Award, and the Illinois Diversity Council Multicultural Leadership Award. Also, Charles is a thought leader in his areas of practice, and he has published extensively on subjects such as class-action defense, arbitration agreements, and First Amendment-related issues.

Charles received a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a MS in Biology, summa cum laude, from North Carolina Central University, and his JD, summa cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. While in law school, Charles was an editor of the Cleveland-Marshall Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk to the late Judge David D. Dowd Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.

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