Charles Shewmake focuses his practice on commercial litigation, labor and employment, regulatory matters and environmental litigation. He has worked with railroads and railroad-related litigation or regulatory matters from state district courts to the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Shewmake prides himself on being able to translate the arcana of railroad law (including the Railway Labor Act, which applies to airlines as well as railroads) to non-railroaders or businesses looking to learn more about railroads. In addition to his transportation clients, he has also been involved in litigation and dispute resolution for a number of other industries.
Mr. Shewmake spent the majority of his career with BNSF Railway Corporation, including most recently serving as Vice President and General Counsel for more than eight years. In that role, he managed a team of more than 100 attorneys and claims professionals as well as outside counsel and was responsible for casualty litigation, safety-related legal matters, labor and employment matters, and environmental legal matters. During his career at BNSF, Mr. Shewmake also coordinated the activities of the State Government Affairs team, with responsibility for state legislative and political activities in 28 states. His experience also includes complex shareholder litigation, antitrust litigation, personal injury litigation, environmental litigation, and commercial arbitration as well as emergency response management.
- Harvard University, AMP Executive Business Program
- Texas Tech University School of Law, J.D.
- The University of Texas at Arlington, B.A.
- Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
- National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
- Recommended Attorney, GCR 100 by Global Competition Review, 2021