Mr. Stokes is the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Pennsylvania office.  Mr. Stokes is a native Philadelphian who served as a Philadelphia Assistant City Solicitor upon graduation from Villanova University School of Law in 1980.  In that capacity, he represented the city, the Zoning Board and the Board of Revision of Taxes in eminent domain, real estate tax and zoning matters.  Mr. Stokes has practiced exclusively in the field of property and casualty defense for more than 35 years.  He has tried numerous jury and non-jury matters to verdict in the state and federal courts of Pennsylvania including motor vehicle, premises liability, products liability, dram shop and professional liability matters, as well as hundreds of compulsory and private arbitrations.  He has also successfully handled numerous appeals before the Pennsylvania appellate courts and the Third U.S. Circuit.  Mr. Stokes has lectured on the Pennsylvania Dram Shop Law and has given numerous presentations to claims professionals on subjects ranging from contractual and common law indemnification to insurance bad faith and uninsured/underinsured motorist law.  Mr. Stokes frequently serves as a Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

 

Education:

  • 1980 J.D. Villanova University

  • 1977 B.A. Philosophy, Temple University

 

Experience:

  • Has handled arbitration matters as a court appointed arbitrator.

  • Judge Pro Tem in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

  • Philadelphia Assistant City Solicitor.

 

Admissions:

  • Pennsylvania State Courts

  • United States District Eastern and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania

  • United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

 

Memberships:

  • Philadelphia Bar Association

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association

  • Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel

  • Pennsylvania Defense Institute

Charles B. Stokes

Partner

 

(215) 874-6816

cstokes@russotoner.com

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