He 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), the world's largest international organization of civil litigation attorneys. He has served on numerous steering committees for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) as well chairing a number of the organization's sub-committees. Chas spent part of 2014 as part of the faculty at the prestigious IADC Trial Academy held each year at Stanford Law School. The Academy is recognized as the pre-eminent trial advocacy course for defense attorneys in the U.S.
Chas is admitted to practice in all Florida courts including the Federal courts of the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida as well as the United States Court of Military Appeals. In over 20 years of practice he has litigated complex and catastrophic injury cases throughout the southeast, the Bahamas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. His practice areas include product liability, premises liability, construction defect litigation, medical malpractice defense and defense of toxic torts.
He is a frequent speaker for several national legal organizations and has published in a number of national legal magazines. Some of his representative articles are as follows: "Mold, Mildew And Marco," Mealey's Litigation Report (June 2002); "Four Toxic Torts You May See Before The End of 2005, "For The Defense magazine (July 2005); and "Nanotechnology: Promise or Pandora's Box?, "In House Defense Quarterly magazine (Spring 2007). In 2010 he also authored the Florida chapter of the Defense Research Institutes' (DRI) Compendium of Punitive Damages. His most recent article can be found in the April 2012 edition of the Defense Counsel Journal entitled "The Enhanced Injury Doctrine: How the Theory of Liability is Addressed in a Comparative Fault World."
Chas is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida and involved in many boards and charities in the Tampa Bay area. He was named a one of Tampa Bay's best defense attorneys by Tampa Bay Magazine in 2010 and again in Legal Leaders Magazine "Top Rated Lawyers" Tampa edition for 2012.