Charles E. Harper, Partner


Charles Harper's practice focuses on dispute resolution and litigation. Mr. Harper has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants in commercial matters, with an emphasis on real estate, premises liability, product liability, construction litigation and financial services matters in both state and federal courts. His cases include many types of contractual disputes, commercial disputes alleging product defects, premises liability, defamation, breach of fiduciary duty, professional liability and other related matters.

Mr. Harper has represented developers, contractors, manufacturers, lenders, and owners in all types of real estate and construction litigation, including construction and product defect cases, premises liability, lease and contract disputes, eminent domain, condemnation, zoning, and mechanic's lien enforcement and defense. Mr. Harper's trial experience includes bench and jury trials, and his appellate experience includes appeals before the Illinois Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1999)
  • Northwestern University (B.A., 1995)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1999

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Cook County (Board President)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Member)
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association (Member)

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Editions 2008–2010 and 2012–2013 (Business Litigation)
  • Leading Lawyers Network member