Charles E. Harris, II, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice, focuses his practice on commercial litigation and arbitration. Charles represents clients in disputes involving a range of subject matters, with particular emphasis on class actions, contract disputes, real estate litigation, information security-related disputes, and First Amendment actions alleging defamation and other privacy torts. As a registered patent attorney, Charles also represents clients in patent, copyright and trademark infringement matters.
Charles is frequently recognized as a rising star in the legal community, and has distinguished himself as a versatile lawyer who possesses abilities in all areas of litigation. He has prepared matters for trial, tried cases to completion, and represented clients engaged in arbitrations before the AAA, ICDR, ICC and IFTA. He has also successfully defended individual and class action suits arising under the TCPA, FCRA, FDCPA and state consumer fraud statutes and has defended actions seeking damages due to a data security breach. Further, Charles acts as an arbitrator in commercial disputes before the AAA.
Charles has experience counseling clients in a range of areas as well, including complying with data security safeguarding guidelines, creating and sustaining consumer and employee arbitration programs, complying with the TCPA and VPPA 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 being named to the Super Lawyers “Illinois Rising Stars” list in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, being honored in 2014 with The Network Journal “40 Under Forty” Achievement Award and the Illinois Diversity Council Multicultural Leadership Award. Also, Charles regularly publishes and speaks on topics in his areas of practice.
Prior to joining the firm, Charles served as a law clerk to Judge David D. Dowd Jr., of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.