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Charlie’s practice focuses on civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on insurance defense and commercial disputes. He has an active trial practice throughout Central and South Texas.

Charlie is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). Membership in ABOTA is by invitation only to trial attorneys who have demonstrated excellent trial skills while maintaining the highest levels of professionalism, integrity, honor, and courtesy.

Charlie has extensive experience representing insurers and their insureds in high exposure cases arising out of oil field accidents, natural gas explosions, premises and product defects, and toxic torts. Charlie has represented a variety of clients in the oil and gas and construction industries, including property owners, contractors, and subcontractors. As a result, he is well equipped to evaluate liability, if any, for a wide range of industry participants and effectively represent them in all stages of litigation. Charlie’s practice also includes resolving commercial disputes in a strategic and efficient way. He has successfully represented commercial clients in cases involving contract, fiduciary duty, and partnership/shareholder disputes, among others. He has also advised insurers on professional liability claims against law firms and represented attorneys in malpractice suits.

Prior to practicing law, Charlie worked as a professional engineer with a focus on the design, construction, and operation of oil and gas wells, drilling rig components, and field operation equipment. That experience provided Charlie with considerable insight into oilfield operations and mechanics, which has proven invaluable in defending oilfield accident cases.

Civil Insurance Defense » Wrongful Death & Catastrophic Loss » Personal Injury » Commercial Litigation » Legal Malpractice Defense


J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1989
B.S., Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, 1981


State Bar of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas


American Board of Trial Advocates
American Bar Association
Bexar County Bar Association
Hidalgo County Bar Association
Cameron County Bar Association
Sons of the Republic of Texas
MENSA International
American Cancer Society (Cameron County Chapter, former president)

Charlie J. Cilfone, P.E.


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