Overview

Charles T. Jeremiah is an experienced litigator in Holland & Knight's Houston office. Mr. Jeremiah is board certified in labor and employment law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He focuses his practice primarily on management/employer-side representation in litigation. Mr. Jeremiah regularly counsels human resource professionals on matters concerning compliance, minimization of risk and best practices.

Mr. Jeremiah has handled a wide variety of employment matters including, but not limited to, defense in litigation and arbitration forums of both individual and class/collective actions. His representative matters include claims brought under various state and federal statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII and other anti-discrimination and anti-retaliation statutes, and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Mr. Jeremiah also has extensive experience drafting employment policies and contracts, and litigating disputes arising out of employment contracts, such as noncompete agreements. Mr. Jeremiah's employment practice has spanned numerous industries, including healthcare, government, transportation, energy, hospitality, entertainment and construction.

Mr. Jeremiah also dedicates much of his practice to commercial litigation. He has broad experience defending and prosecuting claims for breach of contract, misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, unfair business practices and other complex business disputes. In addition, Mr. Jeremiah has represented numerous Texas cities, counties and other units of local government in claims under the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Tort Claims Act.

Having handled hundreds of matters in litigation in federal and state courts over more than 25 years, Mr. Jeremiah has developed a keen sense of how to assess and minimize risk and efficiently prepare a case for early disposition by motion or for trial. He brings an insightful and creative approach to alternative dispute resolution when in the client's best interest.

Experience

  • Obtained a dismissal of client accused of defamation for lack of subject matter jurisdiction
  • Earned a favorable settlement of claims against a healthcare industry client for alleged wrongful termination in violation of the Texas Nurse Practices Act
  • Achieved a favorable settlement of claim of age and disability discrimination, avoiding likely "cause" determination by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • Obtained a permanent injunction in federal court against a former officer of nonprofit, misappropriations client assets
  • Earned a permanent injunction against a former employee violating a noncompete clause in favor of facility maintenance services client
  • Achieved a dismissal of constitutional takings and tort claims on appeal in First Court of Appeals in Houston
  • Won an age, gender and retaliation case on summary judgment in federal court decision
  • Obtained a complete dismissal of wrongful termination case asserting First Amendment, due process and Americans with Disabilities Act claims, upheld on appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Won arbitration of race discrimination, due process and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) retaliation case as first chair
  • Earned a dismissal on summary judgment of constitutional and racketeering federal claims against city and former mayor
  • Won a proceeding in State Office of Administrative Hearings wrongful termination for county sheriff’s office
  • Recovered a settlement of more than $6.3 million in favor of client in breach-of-royalty contract claims for inventor of medical device
  • Achieved a summary dismissal of two separate lawsuits for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act against county
  • Obtained a dismissal of a regulatory-taking claim against a city
  • Won a dismissal of National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaint for lack of jurisdiction 
  • Represented a city and obtained dismissal of "class of one" equal protection and due process Fourteenth Amendment claims premised upon the city's denial of business license at the trial court and the U.S. District Court for the Fifth Circuit  
  • Successfully defended a West Texas district attorney and county accused of conspiracy to violate the rights of two individuals who were convicted of capital murder and served 12 years in prison; the individuals' convictions were reversed, and they sued for $24 million; after a six-week trial, the jury unanimously found in the client's favor on every claim and awarded plaintiffs nothing; the verdict was affirmed on appeal by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Obtained a dismissal, affirmed by the state Court of Appeals, of a suit against a test preparation company, holding that email messages are intangible property that cannot be the subject of an action for conversion under Texas common law
  • Earned a dismissal of claims against governmental employees under statutory election of remedies provision of Texas Civil Practice & Remedies Code
  • Achieved a reversal of trial court’s denial of plea to the jurisdiction for lack of standing under Texas Administrative Procedures Act

Credentials

Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • Emory University, B.B.A.
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • Texas
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships
  • State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association Fee Dispute Committee, Board Member, 2011-2015
  • Houston Bar Association Historical Committee, Chair, 2015-2017
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Houston Human Resource Management Association
  • Texas Farm Bureau
Honors & Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • College of the State Bar of Texas
  • Houston Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Pro Bono All Star, Holland & Knight, 2018
  • Texas Super Lawyers magazine, 2019

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