Charles P. ScheelerRetired Partner
Charlie Scheeler’s experience includes over 25 jury trials, and scores of bench trials and arbitrations. He has led many independent and internal investigations, and both served as a Monitor as well as served as counsel regarding external monitor oversight. Charlie currently serves as the Chair of a hospital and a bank but continues to practice regarding select matters.
Representative engagements include:
- Served as lead counsel to former Senator George Mitchell in connection with his independent investigation of performance enhancing substance use in Major League Baseball and testified before the U.S. Congress regarding the report’s findings
- Served as the monitor of Penn State University relating to the University's compliance with its obligations under an Athletics Integrity Agreement with the NCAA and Big Ten Conference
- Led the investigation of an independent commission of an investigation of the University of Maryland football program. The Commission interviewed 165 witnesses, and produced a 192 page report in 70 days, recommending an array of best practices designed to place the University at the forefront of student-athlete health and safety
- Served as lead counsel to former Secretary of Defense William Cohen in connection with his independent investigation into the regulatory processes surrounding potential mining development in the Bristol Bay, Alaska watershed
- Argued and won reversal of the largest monetary damages case (over US$1.5 billion) in the history of the Maryland Court of Appeals
- Serving as member of an independent committee overseeing a voluntary reparations program by one of the country’s largest archdioceses for victims of sexual abuse
- Engaged by a Fortune 50 insurance and financial services company to work with an external Monitor and conduct a complete overhaul of the Company’s compliance function following the 2008 financial crisis
- Managed the creation of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, Inc., a consortium of North America's largest importers of garments from Bangladesh, including Wal-Mart, Gap, Target, VF Corporation, Macy's, and many more. Through this effort, over US$140 million in cash and low interest credit was pledged to improve worker safety in Bangladesh garment factories, along with commitments that all Alliance factories would be inspected, and have workers trained in proper safety techniques, within one year of the Alliance's formation
- Served as lead outside counsel to MCI WorldCom in obtaining a declination of criminal charges by the US Department of Justice and a dismissal of criminal charges filed by the Oklahoma Attorney General arising out of an over US$11 billion accounting restatement announced by MCI WorldCom
- Obtained a defense judgment affirmed on appeal in connection with a class action against a leading hospitality company in which over US$650 million in damages was claimed
- Served as lead prosecutor of the Boardley/Burrows narcotics/RICO organization which provided the inspiration for the Bell/Barksdale organization portrayed in the HBO series "The Wire"
- Won acquittal on all 10 counts following trial of former prosecutor charged with Misconduct in Office and related charges
- Served on an independent board which conducted a review into the criminal investigation of the death of a Baltimore City Police Officer
- Served as counsel to MCI WorldCom in connection with a bankruptcy examiner investigation following an US$11 billion restatement by the client
- Won a trial in which the eligibility of a candidate to seek a publicly elected office was challenged
- Conducted an internal investigation of a global company regarding certain tax practices in over 50 countries and resolved related issues with numerous foreign jurisdictions
- J.D., Harvard Law School 1981
- B.S., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1978
Phi Beta Kappa
Beta Alpha Psi
He was named to the Annual Guide to Bet-the-Company Litigation by Best Lawyers. In 2009, the Ethisphere Council named him to its list of 2009 Attorneys Who Matter, described by the Council as "the best and brightest in the legal field" who exemplify "the best public service, legal community engagement and academic involvement" and "help lead their companies to the top of the ethics and compliance world."
- The Legal 500 United States
2015, 2017 - Recommended, Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions: Toxic Tort - Defense
2016 - Recommended, White-Collar Criminal Defense
- Chambers USA
2019 - Senior Statesperson, Maryland Litigation: General Commercial
Chambers comments, "Charles Scheeler is acclaimed by peers for being 'a terrific lawyer' with a wealth of experience in commercial litigation. His long-standing experience in bench and jury trials is complemented by wider strength in arbitrations and investigations."
2018 - Senior Statesperson, Maryland Litigation: General Commercial
2012-17 - Band 1, Maryland Litigation: General Commercial
- Co-author with Carol Petren, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings, Inc., "What Every Lawyer Needs to Know about Internal Corporate Investigations," The Brief, American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Vol. 38. No. 1 (Fall 2008)
Prior to joining the firm, Charlie was federal prosecutor in the US Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland from 1984 to 1989. There, his experience included successfully prosecuting racketeering, narcotics, money laundering and fraud cases.
Civic and Charitable
In addition to practicing law, Charlie is active in the community. He serves as Chair of the Board of Rosedale Federal Savings & Loan Association, Maryland’s highest ranked savings institution according to the IDC. He also serves as Chair of the John Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and is a member of the boards of Johns Hopkins University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the CollegeBound Foundation (where he is a former chair).
Charlie is a Certified Public Accountant (Inactive).