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OVERVIEW

Charles P. Edwards
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7438

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Charles P. Edwards
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-7438

F 317-231-7433

Charlie Edwards is a seasoned trial lawyer and insurance claim advocate who is co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling practice. He has helped a wide range of businesses and individuals obtain hundreds of millions of dollars of insurance proceeds in his career. He has secured insurance coverage for lawsuits, construction defects, natural disasters, thefts and other types of losses.

OVERVIEW

Charles P. Edwards Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P : 317-231-7438

Charlie Edwards is a seasoned trial lawyer and insurance claim advocate who is co-chair of the firm’s Insurance Recovery and Counseling practice. He has helped a wide range of businesses and individuals obtain hundreds of millions of dollars of insurance proceeds in his career. He has secured insurance coverage for lawsuits, construction defects, natural disasters, thefts and other types of losses.

In his third decade of practice, Charlie’s litigation experience includes D&O claims, complex commercial disputes, real estate disputes, complex construction claims, contract disputes, errors and omissions, and professional liability claims. Notably, he served as co-lead trial counsel in a six-week jury trial that resulted in a $204 million verdict in favor of one of the firm’s policyholder clients.

Charlie has also coordinated both coverage and the defense of nationwide product liability litigation. In that role, he has appeared in courtrooms across the country and coordinated activities of defense counsel in individual cases, mass torts and multidistrict litigation. In addition, he has negotiated and litigated with insurance companies to secure the defense and indemnification of such lawsuits.

Charlie’s roles include business adviser, trial lawyer and appellate advocate. He is a team player who regularly works with in-house counsel, risk managers, business leaders and others on complex insurance claims and commercial disputes.

Charlie is a frequent contributor to the firm’s insurance recovery blog, Policyholder Protection, and a frequent lecturer at continuing education conferences and webinars.

Professional and Community Involvement

Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Former board president, Zionsville Boys and Girls Club

Former president, Zionsville Economic Development Commission

He has served on many community non-profit boards.

Honors

Indiana Super Lawyers, 2009-2018

The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2019

Law 360 MVP, 2015

EXPERIENCE
  • A Barnes & Thornburg team led by partners Andrew Detherage and Charles Edwards representing Simon Property Group, a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development, won a $204 million jury verdict after a six-week trial in Nashville, Tenn. The trial related to flood losses that occurred in May 2010 at the Opry Mills mall in Nashville. The verdict included both covered losses and consequential damages in excess of the coverage limits. The jury also awarded additional consequential damages in an amount to be determined by the trial judge.

    The trial involved 17 insurers who refused to pay for losses above the first $50 million layer of coverage. The verdict follows a favorable summary judgment ruling in March 2015 in which the court ruled that up to $200 million in coverage was available for the loss. The case had been pending for five years and involved more than 130 depositions, including more than 20 experts, along with dozens of motions for partial summary judgment and motions in limine, and a successful effort to defeat a motion to compel appraisal.

    Assisting Detherage and Edwards were Christian Jones, Dennis Stolle, Joseph Chapelle, Curt Greene, Lindsey Dates, Rachel Lerman, Andrea Warren, Kara Cleary, and Brooke Aurs.
  • Assisted banking client in recovering millions of dollars in past due loans and defended bank in counterclaims filed by borrower.
  • Assisted electrical equipment manufacturer by filing a lawsuit against software vendor and consultant for breach of contract and other claims related to licensing and implementation of enterprise resource planning software.
  • Assisted major chemical manufacturing client by filing a lawsuit against another major chemical manufacturer for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and other claims related to joint development agreement and commercialization agreement over newly discovered compound.
  • Assisted major health insurer against former executive and his joint venturers for misappropriation of trade secrets and other related claims.
  • Assisted manufacturer of fixed axles by filing a lawsuit against software vendor and consultant for breach of contract and other claims related to licensing and implementation of enterprise resource planning software.
  • Defended owner and manager of shopping mall in suit against national retail tenant for alleged violation of an “exclusive” clause in lease. Client obtained judgment interpreting lease provision, which was upheld on appeal.
  • Assisted pesticide manufacturer by filing a lawsuit against national pest control operator for millions of dollars in unpaid amounts under an agreement between the parties. Defeated motion to compel arbitration in trial court. Case resolved while on appeal from denial of defendant’s motion to compel arbitration.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys assisted Sanyo Laser Products, Inc., in obtaining a ruling that confirmed the existence of a claim for bad faith breach of the duty to defend under a liability policy and that a policyholder may be entitled to recover its attorney fees if it prevails on a bad faith claim. Sanyo Laser Prods., Inc. v. Royal Ins. Co. of Am., No. 1:03cv1151 (S.D. Ind., filed Aug. 7, 2003).
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented a dry cleaning business in an insurance coverage lawsuit to confirm a liability insurer’s defense and indemnity obligations of more than $1 million in investigation and remediation expenses incurred following policyholder’s enrollment of dry cleaning sites in the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Voluntary Remediation Program. Subsequently, the client obtained virtually complete defense and indemnity coverage valued at more than $3 million for other environmental sites and an environmental liability lawsuit.
  • Barnes & Thornburg attorneys represented Simon in appeal involving lease dispute; lower court granted summary judgment for Simon, and granted Michigan Sporting Goods' (tenant's) motion to correct error; court upheld lower court's decision to grant motion to correct error. Simon Prop. Group, L.P. v. Michigan Sporting Goods Distribs., No. 79A02-0411-CV-989 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005).
  • Defended manufacturer of digital rights management technology in suit by manufacturer of appliances incorporating client’s technology related to alleged breach of and issues related to termination of license agreements for client’s technology.
  • Defended manufacturer of insulation products in proceedings brought by Enron trustee to collect millions of dollars in payments allegedly due under agreements between and among client, Enron and municipality for provision of electricity to client’s plan in California.
  • Represented company in the business of receiving and treating non-hazardous waste waters to remove contaminants and separate out used oil for sale in insurance claim and related lawsuit for recovery of costs of responding to action for clean-up of contamination at one of its facilities and losses caused by the contamination.
  • Represented major pharmaceutical manufacturer for misappropriation of trade secrets and related claims based on disclosure of client’s drug pipeline information in Internet postings. Obtained injunction in favor of client and implemented and managed “notice and take down” process under Digital Millennium Copyright Act to ensure client’s trade secrets were properly removed from Internet.
  • Represented manufacturer of engines and related technology in nine-figure insurance claim for flood damage at several facilities.
  • Represented manufacturer of industrial machine in lawsuit against multiple property and casualty insurers to establish client’s entitlement to decades of insurance coverage for mass silica litigation brought against it.
  • Represented manufacturer of refrigerators in lawsuit to confirm coverage for vendors of its products in connection with product liability claims relating to those products.
  • Defended manufacturer of blood glucose meters and test strips against claims of patent infringement in a multi-billion dollar market. The case settled after the plaintiffs potential recovery was reduced by partial summary judgments of laches and invalidity and a motion in limine barring a substantial portion of the plaintiffs remaining damages claim.
  • Represented owner of high rise office building in asserting eight-figure claim to recover costs of substantial repairs to structure caused by storm damage.
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