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Charles Prueter


Trial and appellate litigator

When faced with complex commercial lawsuits or sophisticated government investigations, clients in the health care, financial services, and manufacturing and distribution sectors rely on Charles Prueter to develop and execute strategies to succeed.  Whether the goal is to cut off litigation before it starts, secure a favorable outcome at the trial court, or take the case to and through the appellate courts, Charles has the experience necessary to achieve success. 

Trained at the start of his career by federal trial and appellate judges, Charles knows what it takes to win both at the trial level and at the courts of appeals. He identifies the strengths and weaknesses of each matter that comes in the door as the first step to developing a strategy to succeed. Utilizing and building on this information, he makes each client's case -- whether to a federal or state court, federal or state regulatory agency, or the client's adversary in a private setting -- with a professional and persuasive approach.

Because his trial and appellate litigation skills transcend industries, clients doing business in various sectors of the economy seek out Charles's services in connection with commercial disputes, administrative proceedings, and government investigations. His experience includes:

  • Achieving favorable outcomes for clients in non-competition, tortious interference, fiduciary duty, and other commercial matters in state and federal trial and appellate courts
  • Representing businesses and public interest groups in open records laws cases in trial and appellate courts.
  • Securing administrative approval for the establishment of new health care facilities in Alabama and defending those administrative rulings in Alabama's courts of appeals.
  • Defending health care professionals in administrative disciplinary proceedings.
  • Serving as appointed appellate counsel for indigent criminal defendants at the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits.
  • Advising companies and individuals in connection with investigations run by the Securities & Exchange Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Alabama Attorney General's Office, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to entering private practice, Charles served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sim Lake, District Judge, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and, subsequently, to the Honorable Jennifer W. Elrod, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Judge Lake and Judge Elrod both keep their chambers in Houston, Texas.

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  • Education
    • J.D., summa cum laude, The University of Alabama School of Law, 2012
      • Editor in Chief, Alabama Law Review, 2011-2012
      • Order of the Coif
    • B.A., summa cum laude, The Ohio State University, 2009
  • Bar Admissions
    • Alabama
    • Texas
  • Court Admissions
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Sixth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
    • All Districts in Alabama
  • Recognitions
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Rising Star  - Appellate, 2019-2021
    • Birmingham Business Journal
      • Rising Stars of Law, 2018
  • Professional Involvement
    • Member, Alabama and Texas Bar Associations
    • Member, Birmingham Bar Association CLE Committee
    • Member, Appellate Section, Texas Bar
    • Author of monthly feature in the Alabama Bankers Association Weekly News Byte titled "Supreme Court Update for Banking and Financial Services Professionals."
  • Community Involvement
    • Church Council, Bluff Park United Methodist Church
    • Junior Board, Firehouse Shelter
  • Up Close
    Charles and his wife, Susan, live in Bluff Park with their three children. He was born and raised on a small farm in Northeast Ohio.

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