Charles T. Kimmett
Charles Kimmett has been identified as “a go-to attorney in business law” and “the kind you’d go to war with.” He is a trial attorney who focuses on civil and commercial litigation, complex business and contract disputes, appeals, and internal investigations. Mr. Kimmett represents both defendants and plaintiffs, and his clients include large corporations with international operations, smaller companies and individuals, and governmental entities.
Mr. Kimmett is a trial attorney who handles complex civil litigation disputes. Mr. Kimmett tries cases in federal court, state court, and in arbitration proceedings throughout the United States. He is experienced at handling matters through all stages of litigation, from the initial complaint or answer and preliminary motions, through discovery, dispositive motions, trial, post-trial motions, and appeal.
His recent experience as lead counsel includes:
- Obtaining a unanimous verdict from an 8-person civil jury on all claims plus an award of attorneys’ fees on behalf of the plaintiff, a national entertainment company, in a trial in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division.
- Winning a defense award in an American Arbitration Association proceeding in New York City in which the plaintiff alleged that his client breached license agreements and royalty contracts.
- Obtaining the relief requested by his client, who sought specific performance of a $37 million teaming agreement and damages, in a ten-day JAMS-administered arbitration hearing in Washington, D.C.
His current and past representative matters include:
- Defending claims pending in the United States District Court in the Northern District of New York alleging breach of a teaming agreement on statewide fiscal agent project.
- Investigating malfeasance and pursuing claims relating to a large-scale municipal project.
- Winning the dismissal of a Section 1983 action brought against a top-20 law firm.
- Obtaining orders in multiple Federal District Courts requiring disclosure of anonymous sources, information thieves, private investigators, and other actors who defamed or damaged individuals and businesses through unlawful acts.
- Obtaining the reversal of a default judgment and the dismissal of the entire action that had been brought against the client, a foreign nation sued for alleged trademark violations.
- Handling litigation relating to business separation matters on behalf of companies sued by terminated officers and former shareholders.
- Part of the team that obtained one of the largest Privacy Act recoveries and the complete vindication of a client wrongly accused of the 2001 anthrax attacks.
Mr. Kimmett’s experience also includes internal investigations, Congressional investigations, litigation financing review, and trade association representation. Mr. Kimmett handles internal investigations on matters involving potential consumer and bank fraud, regulatory violations, and criminal misconduct. He represented a client in testimony before a Congressional oversight committee. He assists hedge fund and venture capital clients in their review of potential litigating financing investments. He represents trade associations in defending against the enforcement of burdensome subpoenas and document demands. Mr. Kimmett has tried a number of matters involving preliminary agreements, teaming agreements, and letters of intent.
At Yale Law School, Mr. Kimmett was a Notes Editor on the Yale Law Journal and published a Note and two Book Notes on labor law and mass tort law. He then clerked for The Honorable Stewart G. Pollock, Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Prior to joining the firm, he was a trial litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP.