Charles Eskridge focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in federal and state courts across the country at both trial and on appeal. He joined Quinn Emanuel’s Houston office in 2015.
He has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in high-stakes litigation, including representation of Lehman Brothers International (Europe) after the financial meltdown of 2008; one of the main defendants in actions arising after the 9/11 attacks; the interests of the London Insurance Market during the asbestos bankruptcy crisis; and an operating system technology company in groundbreaking antitrust action against Microsoft. His litigation experience includes energy contracts and operating issues, antitrust, patents, aviation disaster, securities fraud, the First Amendment, legal ethics, fraud, employment and trade secret issues, and insurance coverage. More recently, Charles obtained a $622 million award in international arbitral proceedings regarding improper early termination of a long-term deepwater drilling contract, with proceedings to confirm that award pending in the Southern District of Texas. He also successfully represented Anthony Graves pro bono before the State Bar of Texas in grievance proceedings to disbar the Texas district attorney who wrongfully prosecuted and put him on death row for nearly 18 years for a crime of which he was later completely exonerated.
A former law clerk at the U.S. Supreme Court and Fifth Circuit, Charles is a member of the American Law Institute and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center, where he teaches a class of his own design on Origins of the Federal Constitution. Texas Law and Politics and Texas Monthly Magazine have named Charles among the State’s “Super Lawyers” (Thomson Reuters) since 2005. He volunteers his time to the Houston legal profession, serving in leadership roles with the local American Inns of Court. He supports access-to-justice initiatives and is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.