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Charles Penot

Charles Penot

With over 30 years of legal experience, Charlie practices in the areas of consumer, commercial, and business litigation. Over the course of his career, he has handled a broad range of cases arising in varied industries, including matters involving construction, intellectual property, business co-owner disputes, insurance coverage and bad faith, ERISA, financial services (including lender liability and consumer credit class actions), various types of contracts, civil RICO, and securities litigation. Charlie has also litigated casualty matters, for both defendants and plaintiffs, and mass tort actions. He has managed massive e-discovery efforts.

While primarily focused on litigation, Charlie has also provided general business counsel and advice on matters ranging from litigation risk and evaluation to the purchase and sale of assets and stock. He has negotiated and drafted commercial leases, license agreements, and stock and asset purchase agreements. Charlie has over 80 hours of mediator training and substantial combined mediation experience as an advocate and mediator. He is available to serve as a mediator in Dallas and New Orleans

Notable Cases/Work

  • Fluor Enterprises, Inc. v. Orion Refining Corp., 372 B.R. 688(Bankr. D. Del. 2007). As first-chair trial counsel, won $29 million judgment for a major,international EPCM contractor in connection with the rebuilding of a bankrupt debtor.
  • In re FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation, Alana Alexander et al. v. Gulf Stream Coach, Inc., et al., obtained defense verdict as first-chair trial counsel in initial bellwether trial.
  • Chrysler Credit Corp. v. Whitney Nat’l Bank, 51 F.3d 553 (5thCir.1995). Won verdictof over $3 million against a National Bank in case of vehicle floor plan lender alleging Bank facilitated auto dealer's sales "out of trust."
  • Dixon v. Ford Motor Credit Co., 137 F. Supp. 2d 702
    (E.D. La.2000). Obtained dismissal of a putative class action asserting federal consumer credit and RICO claims.

Publications and Lectures

  • Why Mediators Shouldn’t Believe Everything They Think, Part 1, ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTIONS, Summer 2016: Vol. 25, No. 3 (Newsletter of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas); and Why Mediators Shouldn’t Believe Everything They Think, Part 2, ALTERNATIVE RESOLUTIONS, Fall 2016: Vol. 25, No. 4 (Newsletter of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Texas).
  • “Cognitive Bias: It Happens to You!” Headnotes, Vol. 40, No. 3, at 13 (published by the Dallas Bar Association).
  • Cognitive Bias in Negotiation: Because It Happens to You! (Presentations made to Dallas Bar Association ADR Section on January 12, 2015, to Advance Mediation Seminar at El Centro College on January 24, 2015, Mediation and Family Law Seminars at Texas A&M School of Law on January 31, and May 31, 2015, respectively).
  • Mastering Negotiation: Practical Tips and Ethics (Co-presenter with Thomas A. Noble at Dallas Bar Association North Dallas Friday CLE Clinic, June 12, 2015).
  • Bad Faith Litigation in Louisiana (1999) (National Business Institute CLE).
  • Magazine Article, Protecting Your Trademark on the Internet, Inc. Magazine (2001).
  • The Basics of Trademarks (Summer 2003 presentation as part of University of New Orleans Small Business Development Center Seminar Series on Intellectual Property).


  • American Bar Association;
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association

Contact Information

Dallas Office
900 Jackson Street
Suite 440
Dallas, Texas 75202

Direct: (214) 741-3009
Cell: (214) 205-5660
Office: (214) 741-3001
Fax: (214) 741-3098



  • LL.M, Yale Law School
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Loyola University School of Law
  • B.P.A, summa cum laude, Loyola University


  • Louisiana, Texas, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Louisiana
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern District, Texas 
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District, Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District. Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District, Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District, Louisiana


  • California

    San Diego

    1550 Hotel Circle North
    Suite 260
    San Diego, California 92108

    T: (619) 758-1891
    F: (877) 334-0661

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  • Colorado


    65010 Solar Road
    Montrose, Colorado 81403

    T: (970) 218-9086
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  • Florida


    3350 Buschwood Park Dr.
    Suite 195
    Tampa, Florida 33618

    T: (813) 890-2460
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  • Georgia


    56 Perimeter Center East
    Suite 150 PMB 1070
    Atlanta, Georgia 30346

    T: (678) 539-6030
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  • Illinois


    205 N. Michigan Ave.
    Suite 810
    Chicago, Illinois 60601

    T: (312) 578-0990
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  • Louisiana


    3838 N. Causeway Boulevard
    Suite 2800
    Metairie, Louisiana 70002

    T: (504) 828-3700
    F: (504) 828-3737

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  • Michigan

    Brownstown Township

    22845 Sylvan Ave.
    Brownstown Twp, Michigan 48134

    T: (313) 351-2165
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  • New Jersey


    3 Cross Creek Drive
    Flemington, New Jersey 08822

    T: (908) 237-1660
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  • New York

    New York

    180 Riverside Blvd
    New York, New York 10069

    T: (716) 636-5178
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  • Pennsylvania


    5 Canton Circle
    Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940

    T: (215) 398-1653
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  • Texas


    900 Jackson Street
    Suite 440
    Dallas, Texas 75202

    T: (214) 741-3001
    F: (214) 741-3098

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