Munck Wilson Mandala


Charles-Theodore Zerner

Senior Associate
Litigation
Dallas
972-628-3620

Charles-Theodore Zerner is a senior associate in the firm’s complex commercial litigation/dispute resolution group. Charles focuses his practice on assisting clients in various stages of commercial litigation for matters involving contractual disputes, securities fraud, environmental torts, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, secured transactions under UCC Article 9, and insurance matters.

Charles earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School, graduating summa cum laude in the top 5% of his class. Prior to law school, he received his B.A. in romance languages and literatures from Harvard University, receiving the David McCord Prize for musical achievement. Zerner was awarded Best Lawyers in America© for commercial litigation in 2019 and 2020 and has been listed as a SuperLawyers Louisiana Rising Star since 2016. Charles previously worked as an associate for Barrasso, Usdin, Freeman, Kupperman, & Sarver, LLC in New Orleans.

 

Representative Matters

  • Assisted clients in various stages of commercial litigation for matters involving contractual disputes, securities fraud, environmental torts, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, secured transactions under UCC Article 9, and insurance matters;
  • Perform legal research and draft court pleadings, including complaints, answers and pretrial motions – including motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment in cases with over $100 million in controversy;
  • Sophisticated e-discovery experience performing early data assessments, drafting and executing e-discovery plans, training predictive coding algorithms to achieve high F1 scores, using data filtration tools, clustering algorithms, drafting complex traditional searches and teaching CLEs and publishing articles on the same;
  • Successfully helped clients to recover (or avoid) millions of dollars in damages at trial level and obtained the reversal of an award of over $7 million on appeal.

Education

Tulane University School of Law, 2012
Juris Doctorate
Summa Cum Laude
Order of the Coif
Harvard University, 2002
B.A. Romance Languages and Literatures
Honors

Associations & Memberships

State Bar of Louisiana

 

Honors & Awards

Best Lawyers in America
2019-2023

Louisiana Rising Star, Thomson Reuters
2016-2020

Associate Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
2017

New Orleans Top Lawyers for Antitrust, New Orleans Magazine
2016

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 2012

Focus Areas

Commercial Litigation

Construction Litigation

Corporate Governance

Emerging Companies

Media & First Amendment Litigation

Private Equity

Securities Litigation