Contact Information

chuck.webber@FaegreBD.com2200 Wells Fargo Center
90 S. Seventh Street
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55402
T: +1 612 766 8719
F: +1 612 766 1600

Education

University of Chicago Law School
J.D., with honors, Order of the Coif, Law Review (associate managing editor) (1990)
University of Minnesota
B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1987)

Bar Admissions

Minnesota

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Charles F. Webber

Partner

Chuck Webber is a trial lawyer and appellate specialist. In 2010, Chuck was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an honor bestowed on fewer than 1 percent of all litigators nationwide. He has won complex commercial cases involving commercial contracts, financial institutions, consumer credit, defense litigation relating to residential mortgage foreclosures, oil and gas matters, and commercial sales. Chuck has tried many cases to verdict and won, and has been a frequent speaker at trial-practice seminars.

Jury Trial Wins

Chuck has first-chaired trials that led to:

  • A complete defense verdict for one of the nation's largest refining companies in a $1 billion whistleblower lawsuit named one of the defense verdicts of the year by The National Law Journal
  • A jury verdict in favor of a bank that sued a former loan officer for fraud and breach of fiduciary duty
  • A jury verdict in favor of a construction company against one of the largest retailers in the nation
  • A jury verdict in favor of a refining company suing a machinery contractor for business-interruption damages
  • Post-arbitration settlement in a dispute between two national banks
  • A jury verdict in favor of a window manufacturer on a product-warranty claim against a supplier

Chuck has also tried and won cases involving stock purchases, trade-secret claims, commercial contracts and various business torts.

Significant Victories Before Trial

Chuck has helped many clients win cases without going to trial, including:  

  • A $250 million breach-of-contract lawsuit against a client arising out of the termination of a wind-farm project (summary judgment for the client)
  • A potential nationwide class-action lawsuit against one of the nation's largest banks challenging the legality of virtually all reverse-mortgage loans in the country (dismissal on the merits)
  • A potential nationwide class-action lawsuit arising out of alleged identity theft involving some 400,000 customers (summary judgment for the client)
  • A potential class-action lawsuit against a bank arising out of NSF check fees (dismissed on the merits)
  • A potential class action arising out of credit-card-processing services (decertification of the class)
  • Lender-liability suits against banks and their employees (summary-judgment rulings in favor of the clients)

Appellate Advocacy

Chuck is also one of the leading appellate specialists in the area. He sits on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure and is the immediate past chair of the Appellate Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Examples of Chuck's appellate work are:

  • Boyd v. Tornier, Inc., 656 F.3d 487 (7th Cir. 2011)—Reversing verdict against client in distributor's breach-of-contract lawsuit
  • Karnitz v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 572 F.3d 572 (8th Cir. 2009) - Reversing judgment against client in case challenging validity of mortgage
  • Ritter, Laber and Associates, Inc. v. Koch Oil Co. , 740 N.W.2d 67 (N.D. 2007) - Affirming judgment in client's favor on contract reformation and other issues in complex class action case
  • Nebraska Beef, Ltd. v. Wells Fargo Business Credit, Inc. , 470 F.3d 1249 (8th Cir. 2006) - Affirming summary judgment in favor of national bank on lender-liability-type claims
  • Crosstown Holding Co. v. Marquette Bank, N.A. , 2005 WL 3372709 (Minn. App. 2005) - Affirming summary judgment in favor of national bank in multi-million-dollar dispute over bid process for divestiture of bank branches
  • Chadwell v. Koch Refining Company, L.P ., 251 F.3d 727 (8th Cir. 2001) - Affirming jury's verdict in favor of client in whistleblower case where plaintiff claimed nearly $1 billion in compensatory and punitive damages
  • The H Window Company v. Cascade Wood Products, Inc ., 596 N.W.2d 271 (Minn. App. 1999) - Reinstatement of jury verdict for client in UCC warranty case
  • DLH, Inc. v. Russ , 566 N.W.2d 60 (Minn. 1997) - Dispute over control of 1.54 million shares of corporate stock
  • Molenaar v. United Cattle Co ., 553 N.W.2d 424 (Minn. App. 1996) - Cattle conversion claim involving punitive damages
  • Baker v. Chaplin , 517 N.W.2d 911 (Minn. 1994) - Scope of qualified immunity for police officers protecting President George Bush

Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America — Commercial Litigation, 2006-15; Appellate Practice, 2013-15, Environmental Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation and Securities Litigation, 2013, 2015 (Minnesota Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2015) 
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business — Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: Appellate, 2004-14
  • Minnesota Super Lawyers — Business Litigation, 2007-14
  • American College of Trial Lawyers — Fellow
  • Benchmark: Litigation — Local Litigation Star, 2008, 2013; appellate, energy and natural resources, securities, 2014

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Supreme Court — Commission on Judicial Selection, First Judicial District; and Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure
  • Minnesota State Bar Association — Assembly Member; Appellate Section (Past Chair); and Civil Jury Instruction Committee 

Clerkships

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, Hon. Frank H. Easterbrook, 1990-91

Presentations

  • They Have No Class: Strategies for Dealing with Class Action Litigation
    Complex Litigation Seminar, Minneapolis, 2010
  • The Eighth Circuit Year in Review
    Federal Bar Association, 2009
  • Ten Things the Court Wishes Lawyers Knew
    Moderator, Third Annual Appellate Practice Institute, Minnesota CLE, 2009
  • Winning Your First Civil Jury Trial
    Minnesota CLE, Various times, 1998-2009
  • Winning Your Next Jury Trial
    Minnesota CLE, Various times, 1998-2009

Published Articles

  • The Power Trial Method
    NITA, 2005
  • Taming the Dragon: Protecting Your Company from Liability Due to Data Security Breaches
    Privacy & Data Security Law Journal, March 2007
  • Selected Annotated Bibliography to Norval Morris, The Tropical Bedroom
    57 U. Chi. L. Rev. 773, 1990
  • Mandatory Summary Jury Trial: Playing by the Rules?
    56 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1495, 1989