Charles L. Williams

Mr. Williams’ practice focuses on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract law, construction law, and creditors’ rights. His clients include individuals, businesses, financial institutions, and landowners. He has represented all parties in the construction process, including owners, lenders, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, manufacturers and suppliers. He has appeared before state and federal courts throughout Virginia, at both the trial and appellate level, as well as before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, numerous arbitrators appointed by the American Arbitration Association and the National Association of Securities Dealers, and numerous mediators. He also appears before bankruptcy courts in Virginia and in other states.

Practice areas
Commercial litigation
Commercial arbitration
Contract law
Construction law
Business litigation
Products liability
Creditor’s rights

Bar admissions
Virginia, 1984
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1986
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1988
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1988
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia, 1988

Honors
AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Education
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1983
B.A., Mary Washington College, 1979

Professional associations
Richmond Bar Association
Virginia Bar Association
Virginia State Bar

Biographical details
Law Clerk to Justice Richard H. Poff, Supreme Court of Virginia, 1983–1985

James C. Skilling

Mr. Skilling focuses his trial practice on complex civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Among his diverse clients are a significant number of domestic insurance companies as well as a number of corporations that are self-insured or part of a risk retention group. Mr. Skilling has extensive trial experience on matters that include general insurance defense, first party bad faith litigation, products liability, and insurance coverage opinions and litigation. He also represents insurers in the investigation of and defense against fraudulent insurance claims. In addition to his insurance defense practice, he represents clients in complex commercial and business litigation, including patent infringement defense and class action defense under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Mr. Skilling also routinely handles construction litigation disputes, physician shareholder disputes, non-competition agreements, and employment defense matters.   

Practice areas
Insurance defense
Insurance coverage
Complex civil litigation
Business litigation

Bar admissions
Virginia, 1987
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1988
U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1988
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1988
U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia, 1988
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1991

Honors
BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Education
J.D., University of Richmond School of Law, 1987
B.A., College of Wooster, 1984

Professional associations
Richmond Bar Association
Virginia State Bar
Richmond Claims Association
Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys

Biographical details
University of Richmond Law Review, 1986–1987