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Chuck is the head of the firm’s Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Group. His legal practice straddles litigation and transactional work, and includes creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, commercial real estate, and debt finance. He takes great pride in his client-first approach to legal representation. A founding partner at Ellis & Winters, Chuck strives to practice law at the highest level without exposing the client to structural roadblocks. Chuck is committed to responsive, detail-oriented service and works closely with clients throughout the legal process. 

Chuck concentrates his bankruptcy practice in the representation of creditors.  He regularly represents secured lenders in loan workouts, restructure transactions, forbearance agreements, recovery of real estate collateral by foreclosure and state court litigation. Chuck has represented creditors in significant bankruptcy cases, including a secured creditor holding over $120 million of real estate secured claims in a complex chapter 11 proceeding involving nine affiliated borrowers, a secured lender holding over $32 million in real estate acquisition and development loans, and a mezzanine lender in a contentious single asset real estate case. Chuck has defended lender liability claims in state and federal courts.    

Chuck regularly represents lenders and borrowers in a wide range of commercial lending transactions, including leveraged and investment-grade syndications. His real estate practice primarily focuses on the representation of banks, insurance companies, other financial institutions and developers in loan transactions secured by real estate. In addition, his commercial real estate practice includes significant disposition, acquisition and development work. He has experience with a variety of real estate products, including hotels, office projects, retail centers and affordable housing developments.  Financial institutions frequently engage Chuck in connection with the disposition of their real estate-owned assets. 

With over 35 years of experience in complex financing transactions and complicated creditors’ rights cases, Chuck has developed a holistic perspective. His unique insight into issues that might not otherwise be clear provides value to his clients. He often finds that he can anticipate issues before they arise, enabling him to deliver more effective strategies and cost-efficient representation. In handling cases, Chuck has found that a creative, open-minded approach works best. In high-stakes transactions and litigation, it is important to develop solutions that solve problems for all stakeholders.

Chuck knew that he wanted to go to law school before he received his undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University. His undergraduate experiences led him to a position with the North Carolina Department of Correction and ultimately to a law degree, which he earned from the University of North Carolina. In law school, Chuck was inducted into the Order of the Coif and was a member of the North Carolina Law Review.

Chuck served as General Counsel for the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2008. The Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is the Triangle’s largest not-for-profit business membership organization comprised of over 2,800 member firms representing 70 percent of the private sector employment in Wake County. Chuck is an active member of the Board of Advisors for the Taylor Family YMCA.


Legal Assistant

Patricia Hutchins

Direct: 919-865-7006

E-mail: patricia.hutchins@elliswinters.com

Credentials

Education

  • J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law, 1986
    • Honors: High Honors; Order of the Coif
    • North Carolina Law Review, Member, 1984 – 1985
  • B.A., North Carolina State University, 1978
    • Honors: with honors

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina

Court Admissions

U.S. District Courts

  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina

U.S. Bankruptcy Courts

  • Eastern District of North Carolina
  • Middle District of North Carolina
  • Western District of North Carolina

Memberships and Associations

  • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Artspace, Board of Directors
  • Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Board of Advisors
  • Taylor Family YMCA, Advisory Board

Updates

May 23, 2019 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2019
Aug 15, 2018 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2019 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 3, 2018 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA 2018
Jan 30, 2018 Twenty-Two Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 3, 2018 Seven Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2018 Legal Elite
Aug 15, 2017 Charles Anderson, Leslie Packer, and Michael Winters named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America®
Jan 20, 2017 Twenty-Three Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2017 North Carolina Super Lawyers
May 31, 2016 Ellis & Winters Ranked as a Leading Firm in North Carolina by Chambers USA
Jan 25, 2016 Twenty Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2016 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 19, 2016 Thirteen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to Business North Carolina’s 2016 “Legal Elite” and “Hall of Fame”
Aug 21, 2015 Five Ellis & Winters Partners Named Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in America 2016
Aug 17, 2015 Twelve Ellis & Winters Partners Named to 2016 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 19, 2015 Ellis & Winters Receives High Honors from Chambers USA 2015
Jan 21, 2015 Eighteen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2015 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 9, 2015 Ten Ellis & Winters Lawyers Selected as 2015 Legal Elite
Aug 18, 2014 Thirteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 23, 2014 For the Tenth Year, Ellis & Winters Receives High Honors from Chambers USA
Jan 21, 2014 Seventeen Ellis & Winters Lawyers Named to 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers
Jan 8, 2014 Eleven Ellis & Winters Lawyers Selected as 2014 Legal Elite
Aug 15, 2013 12 Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named to 2014 Best Lawyers® in America List
May 24, 2013 For the Ninth Straight Year, Ellis & Winters Receives High Marks from Chambers USA
Jan 31, 2013 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Jul 18, 2012 Ellis & Winters consistently continues to receive high ranking in Chambers USA directory
Jan 24, 2012 Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2012 Legal Elite
Jun 21, 2011 Once again, Ellis & Winters receives high ranking in Chambers USA directory
Mar 10, 2011 Ten Ellis & Winters attorneys named to 2011 Legal Elite, two to Hall of Fame
Jan 21, 2011 Fourteen Ellis & Winters Attorneys Named Super Lawyers
Jun 15, 2010 Ellis & Winters attorneys and practice areas ranked in Chambers USA 2010
Jun 17, 2009 Eight Ellis & Winters attorneys, three practice areas ranked in Chambers USA 2009
Feb 4, 2009 Eleven Ellis & Winters attorneys named to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars
Jan 6, 2009 Business North Carolina magazine names Ellis & Winters attorneys as “Legal Elite” for 2009
Oct 18, 2007 E&W attorneys named to leadership roles in area chambers of commerce
Sep 7, 2007 Ellis & Winters attorneys make The Best Lawyers in America 2008

Experience

  • Represented creditors in cutting-edge bankruptcy cases, including a:
    • $120 million real estate secured creditor in a large multi-property, multi-debtor Chapter 11 case;
    • $32 million real estate secured creditor in one of the largest Chapter 11 proceedings filed in the Eastern District of North Carolina; and
    • mezzanine lender in a contentious single asset real estate case.
  • Represented secured lenders in loan workouts, restructure transactions, forbearance agreements, bankruptcy proceedings, and recovery of real estate collateral by foreclosure.
  • Served as lender’s counsel in connection with the financing of the Centennial Authority’s Entertainment and Sports Arena, now known as PNC Arena.

Awards/Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “Recognized Practitioner” for Real Estate (2009 – 2020)
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, “Leader in the Field” for Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Real Estate Finance (2014 – 2020)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Real Estate Law, Litigation – Real Estate (2007 – 2020)
    • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation – Real Estate (2016, 2018)
    • Raleigh “Lawyer of the Year” for Real Estate Law (2013)
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite
    • Construction Law (2011 – 2017)
    • Real Estate (2011 – 2020)
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine, Real Estate Law, Bankruptcy, Business/Corporate (2006 – 2020)