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David L. Charles  Of Counsel

David Charles is Of Counsel in the Litigation Department. He has tried well over 100 civil jury cases to verdict in state and federal courts in multiple jurisdictions. His specialty is civil jury trial work, both plaintiff and defense, with types of cases tried including lender liability claims, general commercial disputes of all types, personal injury, product liability, employment, trade secrets, Lanham Act, medical and other professional malpractice, various types of estate disputes, real estate issues and condemnation matters. In addition David has tried cases involving the oil and gas industry in Montana and North Dakota courts. He also has tried numerous civil non jury cases of all types and has handled appellate work of all types.

David graduated with High Distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1974 subsequent to receiving a political science degree in 1972, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. He has been Board Certified as a Trial Advocate by National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1989. After practicing law for thirty years in Iowa he moved his practice to Montana but still maintains an office and practice in Des Moines, Iowa.

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1975
  • Montana, 2003
  • North Dakota, 2013
  • Numerous pro hac vice in various jurisdictions including Washington, Wyoming, Maryland, Kansas, Mississippi, Nevada, Nebraska
  • United States District Courts in Iowa, Northern and Southern Districts, and in Montana
  • Eighth Circuit and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Supreme Court


  • 1974 - J.D., University of Iowa College of Law
  • 1972 - University of Denver and Parsons College

Awards and Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America for Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs (2003-Present)
  • Mountain States Super Lawyers for Business Litigation(2010-2015)
  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Order of the Coif
  • Board Certified by National Board of Trial Advocacy since 1986
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Community and Professional Involvement

  • Iowa Jobs Commission and Iowa State Historical (Board 1978-1986)
  • Children's Habilitation Center in Des Moines Board of Directors (1986-1994)
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Iowa Bar Association Board of Governors (1986-1995)
  • Yellowstone County Bar Treasurer (2004)
  • Cub Scouts Asst. Pack Leader, Committeeman and Treasurer-Pack 12, (2008-2013)
  • Extensive political experience 1975-1994 including managing a campaign for statewide office

Prior Experience

  • 1975-1977, Assistant Secretary of Iowa Senate

  • Private Practice:
  • 1977-1994, Gamble Riepe Webster Davis & Green, Des Moines, IA
  • 1994-2005, Belin McCormick, Des Moines, IA
  • 2005 to present Crowley Fleck, Billings, MT

Professional Affiliations

  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Montana
  • North Dakota State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association-Litigation Section
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • American Association for Justice
  • Iowa Defense Counsel
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • Iowa Association for Justice
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Polk County Bar Association
  • Montana Defense Counsel
  • Montana Trial Lawyers