Charles E. Harris II, a partner in Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution group, 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, 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.
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 VPPA and TCPA, 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 grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where he was active in sports such as football and basketball and in the local community through his participation in the Boy Scouts of America; he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. As an adult, Charles remains active in sports, namely running and exercising. He is also active in the Chicago community through his participation on several not-for-profit boards, including Victory Gardens Theater, and as a county commissioner on the Cook County Human Rights Commission.
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 and 2015, 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 experience.
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.
Mayer Brown LLP
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Areas of Practice
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Class Action/Complex Litigation
Relationship Partner for Cummins Inc. Client Team
Member of the Commitee of Diversity and Inclusion
Member of the Commerical Litigation Action Group
Member of the Class Action Group
Member of the Mayer Brown Privacy & Security Group
Cleveland Marshall College of Law
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