Charles Gormally offers a proficiency in counseling clients with complex business matters, challenges to governmental regulation, contract disputes, and tort actions. Designated a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, a distinction reserved for less than 2% of attorneys, Charles has successfully tried jury and bench trial cases in the Federal and state courts, as well as arbitration matters. Charles is a State of New Jersey certified mediator and formerly an elected official in Mountain Lakes.
As the senior trial counsel for the Firm, Charles regularly engages in trials in both New Jersey and New York on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. His most recent trial results included a verdict on behalf of a seriously injured worker leading to a recovery of $6 million and a verdict of $2.9 million in a business dispute on behalf of an insurance broker.
A strong advocate for the expansion of medical cannabis programs and the creation of a regulated cannabis marketplace in New Jersey, Charles has been widely quoted in the press on the challenges and opportunities for potential industry participants and the current legislative landscape.
In public sector matters, Charles has a demonstrated record of success in prosecuting constitutional challenges to legislation and governmental overreach on behalf of affected clients. For example, he compelled municipalities to alter their practices in connection with the collection of solid waste and recyclable materials. This action resulted in millions of dollars of cost savings to the clients and ultimately led to the adoption of state legislation to provide comparable municipal services to all multifamily properties. In addition, Charles has prevailed in actions overturning the exercise of overreaching municipal police power in matters including the improper regulation of video arcades, illegal public initiatives to modify rent control ordinances, and attempts to overcharge for housing inspections.
A member of the firm’s Executive Committee and General Counsel to the Firm, Charles has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected by his peers to The Best Lawyers in America© and to New Jersey Super Lawyers. In addition, he was recognized as a Top Legal Leader for New York and New Jersey by ALM. Charles is also an instructor with the Institute of Continuing Legal Education.