Charlie LaPlante joins CH&W as Senior Counsel in our Los Angeles office and as a member of our litigation practice group. His work covers a broad range of issues, including rate-making, taxation, and land use disputes. He also advises governments on compliance with constitutional requirements for raising revenue. Current assignments include a complex development dispute, defending a California City against claims brought by an investor which foreclosed on development property and then disputed the scope of the rights it had acquired; a petition for review in the California Supreme Court in a dispute involving inverse condemnation liability for damage caused by a street tree toppled in an historic windstorm; and defense of a fire suppression benefit assessment for a California County.
Prior to joining Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, Charlie was an associate in a Los Angeles commercial law firm, where he was a member of the consumer finance litigation group. There, Charlie represented lenders and loan servicers in litigation arising from disputes with borrowers, both in single-plaintiff cases and class actions. He handled matters from the initial pleading stages through to appeals, including obtaining a satisfactory result in an argument before the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Charlie was a trial associate in the Minneapolis office of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. At Dorsey, his practice was broad-based, touching on diverse areas such as complex commercial litigation, securities law, intellectual property disputes, wage-and-hour law, the federal Administrative Procedure Act, and Indian law. His significant matters included serving as lead associate representing the plaintiff in an eight-figure civil RICO action, principal drafting of the briefs in the successful appeal of an adverse judgment in a commercial lease dispute, and successfully securing dismissal of consumer protection claims brought against a mortgage company.
Charlie received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2008, where he was a member of the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. While at Virginia, Charlie also worked as a research assistant for Professor Michael Klarman on projects concerning the Warren Court and the legal history of school desegregation. In 2005, Charlie graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he served as a research assistant in Professor Samir Bali’s optics laboratory and earned a B.S. in Physics with minors in Mathematics and Political Science. His full profile is available here.