Charlie Frazier’s successful argument before the Supreme Court of the United States is just one highlight in a distinguished appellate practice in both federal and state courts. In that case, Charlie won a unanimous decision on behalf of ten psychiatrists who were sued by a former patient under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, claiming that a pattern of racketeering activity existed to keep him under hospitalization. The Court rejected the patient’s argument that accrual of a civil RICO claim is postponed until the pattern was or should have been discovered, thereby holding that the patient’s claim was time-barred. Charlie has argued many times before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Texas Supreme Court, and has appeared in all 14 intermediate Texas courts of appeals.
Board certified in civil appellate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1994, Charlie's appellate and litigation-support practice covers all areas of civil law. In particular, he has extensive experience with commercial disputes, insurance-related issues, and professional-malpractice claims. His work with insurance clients sometimes takes him to London, bringing back fond memories of his time at the University of Kent at Canterbury on a Rotary International scholarship, through which he earned a Master's Degree in International Relations.
Charlie has written and spoken on a variety of topics, including authoring a chapter on the effect of a party's bankruptcy on an appeal in A Defense Lawyer's Guide to Appellate Practice (DRI 2004), and the chapter on Texas supersedeas law in Superseding and Staying Judgments: A National Compendium (ABA TIPS 2007).
Since 2009, he has been listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been featured as one of the top 100 appellate litigation attorneys in Texas in Texas Super Lawyers. Charlie is a member of the by-invitation-only Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, which assists in establishing standards for providing competent, efficient, and economical legal services, as well as to encourage and provide for its members’ continuing legal education. Charlie currently serves as vice-chair of the FDCC’s Appellate Law Section. He has also held various leadership positions in the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Defense Research Institute.
Charlie received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Baylor University and his J.D. from the Baylor School of Law, where he was published in the Baylor Law Review, of which he also was a member of the editorial board. Charlie is licensed to practice before all Texas state courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Fifth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern, and Western Districts of Texas.