Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

Charles Reynolds is a Partner at Butler in our Tampa office. He is the current Chairperson of the firm’s Liability department and past chair of the firm's Construction Litigation Committee. Chas has also served on the firm's Marketing Committee. He practices mainly in the areas of 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 immediate past chair of the firms Construction Litigation Committee and 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 a frequent speaker for several national legal organizations, is involved with many charities, and serves on various boards in the Tampa Bay area.


  • 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
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

September 08, 2014 BLOG POSTThe Tripartite Relationship and Unintended Consequences
The Tripartite Relationship and Unintended Consequences
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October 07, 2015 EVENT2015 DRI Annual Meeting
2015 DRI Annual Meeting
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June 21, 2012 EVENT9th Annual RIMKUS CE Seminar
9th Annual RIMKUS CE Seminar
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October 15, 2009 EVENTEmerging Issues In Defending The Green Building Claim
Emerging Issues In Defending The Green Building Claim
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July 07, 2009 EVENTLitigating In A Recession Economy
Litigating In A Recession Economy
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February 07, 2007 EVENTNanotechnology
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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
  • Professional Malpractice - Psychiatric/Psychological
  • Psychiatric/Psychological Malpractice
  • Third Party Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Coverage - Bodily Injury
  • Coverage - First Party Automobile
  • Toxic Tort - Chemicals
  • Toxic Tort - Isocyanates
  • Toxic Tort - Mold