"One of my clients said he appreciated my ability to make molehills out of mountains."
Deeds and misdeeds; trusts and mistrusts: it takes a special kind of lawyer to handle disputes over property and money, especially when family members or business partners are involved.
Emotions can run high, so you need someone with a cool head and a clear understanding of the issues to sort everything out. That’s why individuals and corporate executives turn to Charles Jordan. He matches exceptional legal expertise with ultimate discretion, and they trust him with their most sensitive issues.
As head of Carrington Coleman’s Business Transactions Group, Charles has demonstrated proficiency at whatever clients need help with—large real estate deals, private equity investments, oil and gas leases, public-private partnerships, environmental compliance issues, serious personal problems.
In law school, he often was asked to propose strategies to counter his own arguments. He says that exercise has come in extremely handy. Throughout his 35 years of practice, he has had to deduce all the possible ways his clients’ positions might be disputed.
And though his work is very sophisticated, Charles knows it’s often the small things that matter most. He says you have to watch what people do. You have to listen to what they say. It takes experience, maturity, judgment, and careful observation to know what’s essential in a case.
He relishes simplifying matters for his clients, engendering trust with opposing counsel, and securing resolutions that are considered wins for both sides.
Author, HB 40: Granting the State Exclusive Jurisdiction to Regulate Oil and Gas Operations, Legislative Updates, Spring 2015.
Author, Fannie Mae Sues Global Banks for LIBOR Manipulation, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, Winter 2014.
Author, The Electronification of the Open Meeting, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, Fall 2013.
Author, LIBOR: An Endangered Species?, Carrington Coleman Capital Newsletter, Fall 2012.
Co-Author, Impacts of LandAmerica Bankruptcy, Carrington Coleman Real Estate Law Bulletin, December 2008.
Practice Makes Perfect: Unauthorized Practice of Law Issues in the Environmental Practice Field, Texas Environmental Law Journal (Spring 1999) (co-author).
A Market-Based Analysis of the TNRCC’s Voluntary Cleanup Agreement, State Bar of Texas Environmental Course, 1996.
Enemies Within: Ethics and Professional Liabilities in Environmental Practice, Tarrant County Bar Association Environmental Law Section, February 1996.
Harvard Law School
Phi Beta Kappa
B.A., summa cum laude, 1974
Member: American Bar Association – Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Section and Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
Member: State Bar of Texas – Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section (Chair, 2005) and Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
Member: Dallas Bar Association – Environmental Law Section (Chair, 2001) and Real Property Section