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He is a business litigator with more than 30 years’ experience helping clients resolve financial disputes. When collection issues are involved, Charles is also a certified specialist in debtor-creditor and bankruptcy law.
Charles P. Summerall IV is a business litigator and certified specialist in bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law. Charles has been named the Best Lawyers in America 2017-Charleston, SC Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year.” He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – Bankruptcy, and Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. He is listed in Chambers USA for Commercial Litigation, and he holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest (AV) rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
He has handled a broad range of business litigation and financial services litigation in state and federal courts, and he is a certified mediator. His bankruptcy experience includes representing secured creditors, unsecured creditors’ committees, and Trustees in Chapters 11 and 7. He has also served as a Chapter 11 Trustee.
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“Ethics: Part II” presentation, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Seminar, June 2013.
“Ethics” presentation, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Seminar, May 2013.
“Case Law Update”, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Annual Seminar, May 2012
“Bankruptcy and Recent Developments Affecting Construction Lawyers”, North Carolina/South Carolina Bar Associations, Construction Law Program, September 2009
“Advocacy Before the Bankruptcy Court”, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Seminar, December 2008.
“Doin’ the Waive: Bankruptcy Trustees and the Debtor’s Attorney-Client Privilege”, South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Seminar, August, 2002.
"Chapter 11 Trustees - When, Where, Why and How Much $$", South Carolina Bar CLE Division, April, 2001.
"The Road to War! Preparing for the Chapter 11 Case", South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Seminar, February, 1999.
"Selected Post-Confirmation Issues in Chapter 11", South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Convention and Seminar, August 1998.
"Bankruptcy: Hot Topics for the General Practitioner", Charleston County Bar Association, November, 1996.
"Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases: Learnin' to Jive with Section 365", Fifth Annual South Carolina Bankruptcy Law Association Convention and Seminar, August, 1995.
"Basic Collection Practice in South Carolina", South Carolina Bankers Association, January, 1994.
"Ethics in the Bankruptcy Court: Selected Issues", South Carolina Bar Meeting, Corporate and Securities Section, January, 1994.
"Ethics in the Bankruptcy Court: Selected Issues", Third Annual S.C. Bankruptcy Law Association Convention and Seminar, September, 1993.
Commentator, "The Trustee's Strong Arm Power Under the Bankruptcy Code", Symposium on Bankruptcy Sponsored by the U.S.C. School of Law, March, 1992.
"Valuation: The Law that Gives you Lemons or Lemonade", First Annual S.C. Bankruptcy Law Association Convention and Seminar, September, 1991.
Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights
Financial Services Litigation