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Practice Areas: Civil Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Business Torts; Fiduciary Litigation; Real Estate Litigation; Complex Litigation; Title Company Defense; Construction Law; Arbitration; Civil Practice; Complex and Multi-District Litigation; Fidelity and Surety; Fraud and Deceit; Labor and Employment; Libel, Slander and Defamation; Litigation; Partnership Law; Professional Liability; Real Estate; RICO; Trusts and Estates


Admitted: 1992, Texas; 1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas; 1994, U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas; 1996, U.S. Supreme Court; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh and Tenth Circuits, U.S. District Court, District of Colorado and Northern District of Indiana; 2011, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit


Law School: University of Houston, J.D.


Member: Houston (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Probate, Trusts and Estates; Real Estate; Member, Fee Dispute Committee), Fifth Federal Circuit and American (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law; Tort Trial and Insurance Practice; Member, ABA Advisory Panel) Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas (Member, Sections on: Litigation; Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law; Antitrust and Business Litigation; Member, Standing Committee on Pattern Jury Charges: Business, Consumer and Employment Law); College of the State Bar of Texas; Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas (14 year member); Texas Land Title Association


Biography: Selected as one of the 'Lawyers on the Fast Track' and one of the 'Best Attorneys in Houston-Business Litigation,' by H. Texas Magazine. Listed in the Martindale Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Recipient, 'Texas Super Lawyer,' by Texas Monthly Magazine. Fellow: Houston Bar Foundation; Texas Bar Foundation.


Place of birth: Houston, Texas


Languages: Spanish


Cases: Guity v. C.C.I. Enterprise Co.; 54 S.W.3d 526; Cantella & Co., Inc. v. Goodwin, 924 S.W.2d 943.

Charles L. “Charlie” Henke, Jr. is the founding partner of Henke Law Firm, LLP, the predecessor to Henke, Williams & Boll, LLP. The firm was founded in 2004 after he built his own firm of Henke & Associates over the previous thirteen years. His practice focuses on the prosecution and defense of commercial and contract disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, business tort claims and real estate and title insurance disputes. He has first-chaired jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts and has handled the arbitration of securities disputes, law firm partnership disputes and construction claims. Charlie is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Of the more than eighty thousand attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas, only slightly more than one percent hold this distinction.

Charlie is a member of various sections of the State Bar of Texas including the Litigation, the Real Estate, Probate and Trust Law and the Antitrust and Business Litigation sections. He belongs to the Houston Bar Association, and is active in the Litigation, the Securities Litigation and Arbitration, the Probate, Trusts and Estates and Federal Practice sections of the HBA. Charlie has been appointed to serve on the HBA Fee Dispute Committee for the past several years where he serves as an arbitrator of fee disputes between attorneys and their clients. He is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas and a Life Fellow of both the Texas and Houston Bar Foundations. Charlie has been a member of the Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas since 1994.

Charlie has been appointed by the President of the State Bar of Texas to serve three terms on the State Bar Standing Committee on Pattern Jury Charges for Business, Consumer and Employment cases. As a member of this prestigious committee, over the past 6 years he has helped draft the written instructions and questions given to all juries throughout Texas.

Martindale Hubbell rates Charlie “AV” the highest rating available by his peers, signifying the highest levels of legal skill and integrity. He was named a 'Lawyer on the Fast Track' in business litigation by H Texas Magazine in 2004 and was more recently recognized as one of 'Houston’s Top Lawyers' for business litigation in 2005 and 2007 by the same publication. He has been recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine since 2007. Charlie and the firm are listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Charlie earned an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the University of Houston Law Center where he was active in student governance and alumni relations. Charlie received his license to practice law by the State of Texas in 1992. He is licensed to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Seventh and Tenth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas, the Northern District of Indiana and Colorado.

An active contributor to his community, Charlie has served on the Board of Directors of several charitable organizations, and currently serves as a Director and past President of The Houston Club. Charlie Henke is an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Houston.