Charles W. Steese

Chuck Steese has successfully tried more than 40 complex commercial, telecommunications, and intellectual property disputes in courts and before regulatory bodies across the United States. These cases often involve parallel litigation and regulatory or other proceedings. When these matters are appropriately managed, they present opportunities to creatively leverage issues and facts developed in each forum to achieve the best possible results for clients. Strategy, relentless preparation, and skilled advocacy are Chuck’s hallmarks. As one client recently remarked, “Chuck brings a level of skill and professionalism rarely seen in the legal profession. He obtained a result that, at the beginning of the case, I thought impossible to obtain.”

Clients routinely praise Chuck for his ability to simplify complex cases into manageable issues that judges and juries can comprehend. His engineering background enhances his ability to handle complicated cases efficiently and effectively.

These skills lead clients of all sizes and types to retain Chuck to manage their most difficult, company impacting litigation. While Chuck has tried cases in many industries, he has obtained unique experience in the areas of telecommunications, intellectual property, and higher education.

For example, Chuck’s work has influenced the way government regulates telecommunications companies specifically in the area of “traffic pumping” (also known as access stimulation). At the forefront of this issue, Chuck tried the first such lawsuit and has gone on to handle numerous cases throughout the country. The decisions Chuck obtained had a direct impact on the FCC finding that this practice cost the industry billions of dollars, and as a result, modified its existing rules.

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Job Types Partner
Areas of Practice 1) Intellectual Property, 2) Intellectual Property Litigation, 3) Telecommunications, 4) Contract and Commercial Litigation, 5) Litigation, 6) Business Services and 7) Higher Education
Law School Washington University School of Law (J.D.,1989)
Education Georgia Institute of Technology (B.A.,1985)
Bar Member / Association Arizona State Bar Association,Colorado State Bar Association,Iowa State Bar Association
Most recent firm Armstrong Teasdale LLP
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