Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Charles Reynolds is a Partner at Butler in our Tampa office. He practices mainly in the areas of Premises Liability, Product Liability, Construction Defect Litigation, Medical Malpractice Litigation, and the defense of Toxic Torts.

Chas graduated with his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Mercer University School of Law. Prior to joining Butler in 1994, he became a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force. There, he served as a judge advocate at several international military installations. During his assignment at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, he served as a prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia and represented the United States government.

Chas is the chair of the Firm's Liability Department and the immediate past chair of the Construction Litigation Committee. He also serves on the Firm's Marketing Committee. Chas is also the current chair of the Construction Defect Committee for the International Association of Defense Council (IADC), which is the world's largest international organization of civil litigation attorneys. In 2014, he also worked as a faculty member at their prestigious Trial Academy at Stanford Law School. In the past, he has served on a number of steering committees for the Defense Research Institute and chaired a number of the organization's sub-committees. He is currently the Vice Chair for the Partnering with Industry Task Force for DRI, a group designed to work with and educate the business community regarding national legal issues.  Chas is a frequent speaker for several national legal organizations, is involved with many charities, and serves on various boards in the Tampa Bay area.

In March of 2018, Chas began his four year term as one of only two attorneys in Florida to serve on the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Committee along with ten Circuit and Appellate judges.  The committee issues written opinions on judicial conduct, ethics, and election financing for all sitting judges in the state.


  • Florida


  • Named one of Tampa Bay's best defense attorneys by Tampa Bay Magazine, 2010
  • One of Legal Leaders best defense attorneys in Tampa Bay, 2012, 2014 and 2015
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer by the Tampa Tribune in 2014 and 2015


  • Mercer University
    Bachelor of Arts
  • Mercer University
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • Florida Courts (Middle District)
  • Florida Courts (Southern District)
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
February 19, 2018 PUBLICATIONDust in the Wind: The Threat of Airborne Lead From Construction Sites

As the U.S. economy steams forward, urban renewal and construction are at the forefront of that recovery. Unfortunately, when old and dormant areas of cities and suburbs are demolished and cleared to make way for new projects, they often spread toxic contaminants contained within those old structures and existing soil. Chief among those hazards is lead. Thus, the noble objective of replacing blighted structures or fallow fields with new buildings can instead result in exposing surrounding neighborhoods to lead dust. Contractors should be aware of the growing threat and ways to minimize the liability exposure to construction companies and others.

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September 14, 2015 PUBLICATIONLottery Tickets and Leaky Windows: Florida Courts Tackle Enforcement of Oral Contracts

Charles E. Reynolds and Troy Vuurens highlight two recent Florida cases involving claims to enforce oral agreements; the first to share lottery winnings and the second to issue a 10 year window warranty. In each case, the court examines the duration of performance in determining whether the oral contract falls within the scope of the Statute of Frauds. 

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April 01, 2012 PUBLICATIONThe Enhanced Injury Doctrine: How the Theory of Liability is Addressed in a Comparative Fault World

In certain motor vehicle accidents,there may be several potentially negligent factors, as well as several contributing causes to the injury of the plaintiff. The plaintiff himself may have been negligent, and this negligence could have contributed to causing some aspect of the injury.

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May 01, 2007 PUBLICATIONNanotechnology: Promise or Pandora's Box?

What is Nanotech?

The accepted definition of "nanotechnology" is "the design characterization, production and application of structures, devices and systems by controlling shape and size at nanometer scale." Nano products are literally the cutting edge of technology in a wide number of fields. One nanometer is one billionth of a meter, or for purposes of reference, one eighty thousandth of a human hair. Nanotechnology potentially allows the creation of new substances or products one atom at a time by moving and placing electrons. Current technology allows control over a single "nano," which is smaller than a cell but larger than an atom. This creates an infinite combination of uses from medicine, to electronics, to more efficient energy and pollution controls.

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September 01, 2006 PUBLICATIONMost Favored Nation Clauses – "The Ultimate Double Edged Sword"

Until a few years ago, the term “Most Favored Nation” was a phrase restricted primarily to the world of international trade. However, with the upsurge in both class action and mass tort lawsuits, Most Favored Nation clauses (MFN), are increasingly used as a tool to encourage settlement.

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Blog Posts

January 04, 2017 BLOG POSTButler Podcast: Corporate Depositions with Charles Reynolds

Corporate Representative Depositions are faced by most corporate defendants sometime during litigation, yet the decision of who or why an individual is chosen to testify is often given little thought.  Are there some typically overlooked decisions that can be made before the deposition to avoid damaging your whole defense? Watch the all-new Butler Podcast to find out.

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On October 15, 2015, the Supreme Court of Florida quashed a Second District decision that ruled evidence of Medicare benefits was admissible under an exception to the collateral source rule.

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September 08, 2014 BLOG POSTThe Tripartite Relationship and Unintended Consequences

It’s not often an attorney has the opportunity to comment on a significant case, especially where he is also one of the subjects within the opinion itself. However, the recent decision of Western Heritage Ins. Co. v. Montana, WL 30557393, July 7, 2014, presents just such an opportunity.

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February 12, 2018 EVENTIADC 2018 Midyear Meeting - Two Sides of the Same Coin: Perspectives of a New Inside Counsel

Charles Reynolds from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig along with co-presenter Carin Brock will be presenting in La Quinta, CA at the IADC 2018 Midyear Meeting on the topic of "Two Sides of the Same Coin: Perspectives of a New Inside Counsel".

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October 07, 2015 EVENT2015 DRI Annual Meeting

Green Building Products and Resulting Litigation

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June 21, 2012 EVENT9th Annual RIMKUS CE Seminar

Misrepresentation and Fraud

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October 15, 2009 EVENTEmerging Issues In Defending The Green Building Claim

Rimkus Engineering

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July 07, 2009 EVENTLitigating In A Recession Economy

IADC (International Association of Defense Counsel)

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February 07, 2007 EVENTNanotechnology

DRI Product Liability Conference

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February 15, 2018 NEWSCharles Reynolds appointed as a member of the Supreme Court's Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee

The Florida Bar Board of Governors has appointed Partner Charles “Chas” Reynolds as a member of the Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. This appointment is a four-year term beginning on March 1, 2018.

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February 06, 2017 NEWSCharles Reynolds is now Vice Chair for the Partnering with Industry Task Force for DRI

Charles Reynolds is now the Vice Chair for the Partnering with Industry Task Force for the Defense Research Institute (DRI), a group designed to work with and educate the business community regarding national legal issues. Congratulations, Charles! 

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August 10, 2016 NEWSCharles Reynolds Honored for Construction Defect Committee Service

At the Annual Meeting for the International Association of Defense Council, Charles Reynolds was recognized for his commitment and service as the outgoing Chair of the Construction Defect Committee. Serving as the Chair from 2013 through 2016, Chas dedicated himself to expanding the Committee’s reach, building a large international organization for civil litigation attorneys. Congratulations, Charles!

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September 06, 2012 NEWSIADC Selects Special Projects Vice Chair

The firm is pleased to announce that Chas Reynolds has been selected as the IADC Special Projects Vice Chair.

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September 15, 2009 NEWSButler Partner, Charles Reynolds, One of First Florida Attorneys to Obtain LEED Green Associate Certification

"Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nations premier standard for sustainable building practices. Those obtaining LEED certification have demonstrated proficiency in green construction, design, maintenance and operation under standards of the U.S. Green Building Council."

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Asbestos
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Catastrophic Loss
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Complex Liability Litigation
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • Crop Losses
  • Environmental Liability - Chemicals
  • Environmental Liability - Isocyanates
  • Environmental Liability - Lead
  • Environmental Liability - Mold
  • Environmental Liability - Silica
  • Explosions
  • General Casualty Litigation
  • Heavy Equipment Claims
  • International Law
  • Lead - Poisoning
  • Malpractice - Architecture
  • Malpractice - Engineering
  • Manufacturer Liability
  • Manufacturer Liability - Drugs
  • Manufacturer Liability - Medical Devices
  • Mass Torts
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negligent Hiring
  • Negligent Security - Violent Crimes
  • Negligent Supervision
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Products Liability
  • Products Liability - Automobile
  • Products Liability - Consumer Products (All Types)
  • Products Liability - Equipment Losses
  • Products Liability - Pipe Failures
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice - Medical
  • Retail Liability
  • Third Party Liability
  • Toxic Tort - Chemicals
  • Toxic Tort - Isocyanates
  • Toxic Tort - Mold
  • Toxic Torts