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Charles S. Weems, III President/Director

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Charles S. Weems III ("Charlie") is the senior member of Gold Weems and serves as its President.  His practice is focused on business and estate matters – including in each area, planning, problem-solving, and complex litigation.  A board certified tax specialist and a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Charlie has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® as the Lawyer of Year in the field of Corporate Law.  His broad experience as a trial lawyer and business counselor is reflected by the wide spectrum of significant commercial matters and litigation in which he has been involved; and the quality of that work is shown by the awards and recognitions received.

                 

Representative Matters
  • Acts as counsel to individuals and families, businesses and business owners, boards and non-profit institutions. Works with companies and their owners to examine and plan organizational, tax and business matters, and with individuals and families to address tax, estate planning and succession concerns. This work frequently involves executors, trustees, and beneficiaries. Also works with public and private tax-exempt entities on organizational matters and on issues of exempt status and compliance. Has been involved in litigation arising in all of these areas.
  • Led the successful defense of individual owners and business in a complex commercial dispute in which a disappointed would be partner/member sued both individually and derivatively seeking recognition of an ownership interest in a $30 million business acquisition.
  • Successfully represented minor trust beneficiaries against trustees and insurance companies in action to recover damages for breach of fiduciary duties arising from handling of trust assets.
  • Represented to successful resolution large health care system in claims against state for significant damages resulting from the state’s failure to honor contractual obligations in preferred provider contracts covering state employees.
  • Successfully represented interstate communications companies and their owners in obtaining injunctive and declaratory relief and damages against former officer for breaches of fiduciary duty, while defeating claims of that officer for ownership and damages.
  • Successfully defended estate representative and legatees in attack on the capacity of deceased testator by unfavored family members.
  • Successfully resolved by favorable settlement gift tax litigation with IRS over proper valuation of gifts of interests in substantial family LLC.
  • Successfully recovered by favorable settlement for closely held business owners substantial damages resulting from breach by acquiring public companies of securities laws (with special securities counsel) and fiduciary obligations under state law.
  • Successfully negotiated and protected favorable status resolution for substantial exempt organization against IRS audit and examination challenging both tax-exempt and public charity status.
  • Successfully defended law firm partner and partnership against claims of former associate for partner status and participation in partnership profits.
  • Successfully planned, negotiated and closed many substantial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, involving both closely held and public companies in the areas of health care, commercial real estate, communications, retailing, timber and natural resources, and manufacturing.

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.
Recognitions
  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized The Best Lawyers in America 2016 and prior
  • Recognized Louisiana Super Lawyers 2016 and prior
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Distinguished Attorney of the Year 2009, Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Board Certified Tax Attorney
  • LSBA Distinguished Service Award, 1998
  • Curtis R. Boisfontaine Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, 1999
  • LSU Law Center Hall of Fame, 1987
  • LSU Law Center Distinguished Alumnus of the Year, 2002
  • LSUA Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Significant Sig, Sigma Chi Fraternity, 2014
Professional and Civic Activities
Professional Activities
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • President, 1996 - 1997
    • President-Elect, 1995 - 1996
    • Board of Governors, 1990 - 1994, 1995 - 1998
    • Chairman, Specialization Board (Taxation)
    • Chairman, Trust Estates, Probate and Immovable Property Law
    • Lecturer: LSU Law Center; Tulane University Law School; LSBA
      • Commercial Litigation, Expropriation, Taxation, Evidence; Director and Officer Liability; Estate Planning
  • Master and Master of the Bench: Crossroads-American Inns of Court
  • National Conference Bar Presidents; Southern Conference Bar Presidents

Public/Civic/Professional Activities (now or formerly):
  • Louisiana State University System, Board of Supervisors, 1991 - 2008
    • Chairman, 1998-2000
    • Chair: Executive, Athletics, Budget and Finance, Flagship, Property and Facilities, Research and Economic Development, and Audit Committees
  • SEC Conference of Chairs, Chair, 1999, 2000
  • Louisiana State Law Institute, Council, 1985 - date;
    • Chair Emeritus 2013; Chair, 2012; President, 2010, 2011 ; Vice-President, 2002 - 2009; Executive Committee 2002 - date
  • England Economic & Industrial Development District (England [AEX airport] Authority) 2007 –Chair 2010; Vice-Chair, 2009 ; Chair, Audit, Legal Committees
  • Louisiana State Commission on Corporations 1988 - 1990

Civic/Charitable Activities (now or formerly):
  • President, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, 1998, 1999
  • Board of Directors, Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, (VP Economic Development 1994 – 96; President-elect 1997)
  • Founder, Chair, Central Louisiana Diversity Alliance
  • President, Board of Trustees, LSUA Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, LSU Law Center
  • Board of Directors, Alexandria Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow)
  • Board of Trustees, First United Methodist Church
  • Board of Directors, Kent Plantation House, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Rapides United Way
  • Board of Directors, Central Louisiana Community Theater
  • Board of Directors, Louisiana Appleseed
  • Board of Directors, Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Board of Directors, officer, Tiger Athletic Foundation (Executive Committee)
  • Regional Representative (Louisiana), United States Golf Association
News
1/01/17 Firm lawyers named in 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/17 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2017
 
4/05/16 Charlie Weems Selected as 2016 Louisiana Legends Honoree
1/01/16 Firm lawyers named in 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/16 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2016
 
4/15/15 Firm Wins Partnership/Fiduciary Duty Case in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
1/01/15 Firm lawyers named in 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/15 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2015
 
11/25/14 Weems Recognized by Sigma Chi
1/01/14 Firm lawyers named in 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/14 Best Lawyers in America 2014 Recognizes Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm
 
1/01/13 Firm lawyers named in 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/13 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2013
 
12/27/11 Firm lawyers named in 2012 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
12/27/11 Gold Weems Attorneys, Firm, Recognized by Best Lawyers in America 2012
12/27/11 Weems Named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers
12/27/11 Firm Obtains Supreme Court Reversal of Toxic Tort Class Action
1/10/11 Firm lawyers named in 2011 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/11 Firm Attorneys Named to the 2011 Best Lawyers in America
 
4/10/10 Weems Named Louisiana's Distinguished Attorney
2/15/10 Weems Elected President of Louisiana State Law Institute
1/15/10 Weems Elected Chair of The Board of Commissioners for England Authority
1/09/10 Firm lawyers named in 2010 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
 
12/02/09 Firm Attorneys Named to the 2010 Best Lawyers in America
1/16/09 Weems Honored at LSUA Arbor Day
1/08/09 Firm lawyers named in 2009 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers
1/01/09 Best Lawyers in America 2009 names Firm, lawyers
 
10/23/08 Weems honored in Town Talk ad for years of service

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D., 1969
    • Omicron Delta Kappa
    • Order of the Coif
    • Editor-in-Chief, Louisiana Law Review
  • Louisiana State University, B.S. in Accounting, 1965
    • Sigma Chi
    • Phi Eta Sigma
    • Phi Kappa Phi

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Louisiana
    • Middle District of Louisiana
    • Western District of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Fifth Circuit
    • Federal Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States