Overview

Chuck Royer is a principal and senior member of the litigation team at McCarthy Lebit. He is an aggressive creditors’ rights attorney with significant experience protecting the rights of creditors in both state and federal courts. Chuck’s practice also focuses on complex business litigation, landlord tenant law, defense of professional liability claims and construction law. He is consistently highly rated in the area of commercial litigation. Further, he has developed an expertise successfully representing claimants who have been improperly denied disability benefits by insurance companies.

In an effort to advocate for those who are struggling with life’s challenges, Chuck is an active and vigilant member of the community, currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Recovery Resources, an organization dedicated to helping individuals triumph over mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, and other addictions.  He has previously served on the Boards of The Center for Mental Retardation, New Life Community, and the West Side Ecumenical Ministry, as well as LEAP (Linking Employment, Abilities and Potential).

Education

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania
    • BA
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
    • JD

Admissions

  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit

Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America© 2013-2018
  • Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2006
  • Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV® Preeminent™

Activities

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Member
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Recovery Resources, Board of Directors
  • New Life Community, Past President of the Board of Directors
  • Center for Mental Retardation, Past President of the Board of Directors

Articles

  • Accord and Satisfaction Alive and Well in Ohio, Cleveland Bar Journal, 1999

Presentations

  • Landlord-Tenant Law: From Lease to Eviction, Doubletree Cleveland, 2016

Experience

Winter Equipment Company v. Unique Fabrications, Inc.

Winter Equipment Company v. Unique Fabrications, Inc. – I obtained a defense verdict in a jury trial in case where the Plaintiff claimed my client had misappropriated trade secrets.

Henshaw v. City of Salem, Ohio

Henshaw v. City of Salem, Ohio — Action brought in Federal court for civil rights violation as a result of actions taken by city zoning officer against client. Action resulted in settlement that required City to pay damages and attorney’s fees to client.

J. Burner Crew v. Kemper

J. Burner Crew v. Kemper — I successfully prosecuted a claim for wrongful termination of a securities broker before a NASD Arbitration Panel resulting in a large judgment in favor of my client.

Lucic Enterprises, Inc. v. Telecom

Lucic Enterprises, Inc. v. Telecom — The Defendant served my client, who operated a successful night club, with notice of eviction. An eviction would have completely destroyed my client’s business. Prior to an eviction being initiated, i brought a declaratory judgment action asking the court to enter an order finding that pursuant to an assignment that my client was a legal tenant in the property and that the landlord had no grounds to evict it. I was successful in obtaining a summary judgment from the trial court confirming that the landlord had no legal grounds to evict my client. On appeal, the Eighth Court of Appeals affirmed that judgment

Geosynfuels v. Gorman

Geosynfuels v. Gorman — I successfully prosecuted a claim against a defendant who breached the agreement to pay for units in a startup company. I was able to obtain a summary judgment and successfully defend that judgment in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the end my client was paid several hundred thousand dollars by the Defendant.

American Indoor Soccer Association vs. O’ Hara

American Indoor Soccer Association vs. O’ Hara — I was retained to represent the former owners of a soccer league franchise against a claim that they had misrepresented the state of the franchise prior to its sale. My clients were given a defense verdict from the jury and awarded the full amount of their counterclaim and attorney’s fees.

Armbruster v. Fifth Third Bank

Armbruster v. Fifth Third Bank — The Plaintiff claimed it had been misled and my client had fraudulently overcharged it for treasury management fees. The case was tried before a jury in the Bankruptcy Court for the Northern district of Ohio. Despite claims by the Plaintiff that it was entitled to several hundred thousand dollars in damages, the jury awarded the Plaintiff only twenty-five thousand dollars in damages.