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Charles M. Gearing

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation

Charles M. (“Charlie”) Gearing is a North Texas native and trial lawyer who represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil litigation across Texas. Charlie has helped clients achieve winning results in disputes ranging from simple contract disputes to cases involving more complicated claims, including claims for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, claims under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (“DTPA”), and claims either to enforce or resist non-competition and non-solicitation covenants, among others. Charlie has also advised clients concerning compliance with various federal statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”).

Charlie sharpened his skills in the courtroom at some of Texas’ finest law firms, including Haynes and Boone, LLP and Figari + Davenport, LLP, before joining Weaver Johnston & Nelson in 2021. Charlie has represented Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, and individuals in a wide variety of litigation matters.

He has deep experience handling temporary restraining order (“TRO”) and injunctive relief proceedings, non-competition disputes, debt collection litigation, employment disputes, health, life, and disability insurance disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, trucking accident and injury litigation, and litigation involving commercial real estate in federal and state courts across the country.

Since serving as a federal law clerk to the Honorable Brian S. Miller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas following his graduation from Vanderbilt Law School, Charlie has committed himself to public service and community engagement, leading others to serve their neighbors experiencing homelessness, to provide more pro bono legal services to Texans who cannot afford legal representation, and to support a wide variety of other charitable and non-profit causes, including protecting victims of domestic violence and ensuring animal welfare. Charlie represented and served nearly 3,000 attorneys in the DFW area as President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers in 2019 and as Chair of the DAYL Foundation in 2017, which awards grants to fund legal non-profits in DFW and scholarships to law students who have demonstrated a passion for community service. Charlie remains a committed contributor to the Dallas Bar Association’s LegalLine and Pro Bono Activities Committees.

Charlie and his wife Rachael, Senior Counsel at Weaver Johnston & Nelson, are proud East Dallas residents involved in a number of civic and community causes, including the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance’s annual Point-in-Time Homelessness Count. Charlie is a proud Duke University alum and roots on his Blue Devils, and Dallas’ pro teams, every chance he gets.

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2009
    President, Vanderbilt Bar Association
    Executive Editor, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review
    Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards, Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law
  • B.A., Duke University, with distinction, 2005
  • Texas
  • Named a D Magazine “Best Lawyers Under 40” (2018, 2020, 2021)
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-2021)
  • Member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) 2013 Leadership Class
  • Young Lawyer Pro Bono Service Award, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (2013)
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    President, 2019
    President-Elect, 2018
    Vice President, 2017
    Treasurer, 2016
    Secretary, 2015
    Board Member, 2014
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation
    Chair, 2017
    Trustee, 2015-2019
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas