Charles H. Van Horn

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Atlanta, GA

Berman Fink Van Horn P.C.
 | 3475 Piedmont Road Northeast, Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 404-261-8650
Fax: 404-233-1943
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2005
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (40%),
  • Banking (30%),
  • Real Estate: Business (30%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Charles H. Van Horn is a shareholder at the highly respected Georgia law firm of Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. From the firm's Atlanta office, Mr. Van Horn provides representation to individuals and business clients from Atlanta, Cartersville, Kennesaw, Marietta and all points in between. The focus of his practice is on matters related to commercial and business litigation, especially disputes related to commercial real estate transactions.

Mr. Van Horn began his legal career in 1994 after earning his law degree from Emory University School of Law and his admission to the State Bar of Georgia. Mr. Van Horn has been approved to practice before all of Georgia's state courts, and is also approved before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Georgia and the District of Colorado, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

Over the course of Mr. Van Horn's 25-plus-year career, he has earned a reputation as a skilled trial attorney. As a result of his outstanding reputation, he has also earned a number of honors from the legal community, including a "Superb" rating from Avvo and an AV-Preeminent peer-review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. In addition, Georgia Trend Magazine included him on its list of the state's legal elite in 2012 in the category of real estate law.

Mr. Van Horn is an active member of the legal community and his local community. He is a member of a number of organizations, including the American Bar Association and the Atlanta Bar Association. In addition, he is a co-founder of the DeKalb Trailblazers XC, which is a running club for DeKalb County's elementary and middle school students.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (40%)

Banking (30%)

Real Estate (30%): Landlord/Tenant

Focus Areas



Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 1 years

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019 Rising Stars: 2005

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About Charles Van Horn

Admitted: 1994, Georgia

Professional Webpage:


  • Super Lawyer, 2015 – 2009
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2012
  • Top 100 Super Lawyer in Georgia, 2013 – Present
  • Super Lawyers Business Edition (Litigation), 2012 – Present
  • Super Lawyer, 2006
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2013 - present
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, 2005
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Georgia Trend Legal Elite, Georgia Trend Magazine, 2011
  • Selected to The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2014 – Present
  • Georgia Super Lawyer, 2009 – Present
  • Georgia’s Legal Elite by Georgia Trend magazine, 2012

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • State Bar of Georgia, Real Property Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Board of Directors, 2006-2007
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Secretary, 2008-2012
  • Litigation Section, Board of Directors, 2002-2006
  • Court of Appeals of Georgia  
  • Lawyers Club of Atlanta
  • United States District Court, District of Colorado
  • State Bar of Georgia, Tort and Insurance Practice Section
  • Atlanta Bar AssociationReal Estate SectionChair, 2012-2013
  • Judicial Selection & Tenure Committee
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Federal Bar Association
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • State Bar of Georgia, General Practice & Trial Section
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Board of Directors, 2013-Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Real Estate Section, Treasurer, 2007-2008
  • Georgia, 1994
  • Community Bankers Association of Georgia
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Lifetime Fellow, Atlanta Bar Foundation, 2016

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Emory University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1998-2002 
  • American Lung Association, Organizing Committee for Fight for Air Climb (largest annual fundraiser)
  • St. Thomas More SocietyMember
  • Villanova University, Alumni Association, Board Member, Atlanta Chapter, 1998-Present  
  • Emory University School of Law, Advisor: Real Estate Council
  • DeKalb Trailblazers XC, Co-Founder, Cross-country running club for elementary and middle school students in DeKalb County, 2014 – Present
  • Villanova University, Alumni Recruitment Network Coordinator, 1998-Present
  • Emory University School of Law, Alumni Association, Class Agent, 2002-2004
  • Briarlake Elementary School, Founder, Annual 5K & Fun Run, attracting several hundred participants, 2009 – Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Chuck spoke on the effective use of mediation strategy in real estate disputes for a presentation by the Atlanta Bar Association, 2012
  • Chuck spoke on Foreclosure Litigation and Confirmation Hearings before the Atlanta Bar Real Estate Section on March 3, 2011
  •  FCC Update: New Rules for Businesses that Contact Customers via Phone and Text Message, BFV E-News, July/August, 2015
  • Chuck presented “Catch Me If You Can”, a seminar on fraudulent conveyance actions, before the Atlanta Bar Real Estate Section on September 1, 2011
  • Chuck was a featured panelist at the State Bar of Georgia “Real Property Foreclosure” seminar in November, 2013
  • Chuck spoke on effective closing argument strategies in jury trials for presentation by the ACYL in November, 2013
  • Chuck was a featured speaker on the use of receiverships in litigation in February, 2014
  • Chuck presented “Real Estate Litigation in Georgia” to attendees at the National Business Institute in December, 2014
  • Chuck presented “Real Estate Litigation: The Dirt on Litigating a Real Estate Claim” to members of the Atlanta Bar Association in January, 2015
  •  Chuck presented “Turning Bad Debt Into Meaningful Recovery” at the Community Bankers Association of Georgia headquarters in Atlanta in August, 2015
  • Chuck spoke on an Atlanta Bar Association panel, “Real Estate Litigation Issues" in December, 2015
  • Article Published: Rules and Regulations: Are They Becoming Irrelevant in Georgia Courts?, BFV E-News, October, 2012
  • Chuck participated in a National Business Institute (NBI) seminar, “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit (A real-world application of evidence to courtroom events).” Chuck addressed how to keep evidence out (pre and post trial) and the admission/exclusion of unique evidence, April, 2017
  • Chuck spoke about “Fraudulent Conveyances” at a statewide seminar organized by the Real Property Section of the Georgia Bar Association, November, 2016
  • Chuck was a featured speaker in a National Business Institute (NBI) video webcast, “Building your Pre-Trial Civil Litigation Skills,” May, 2017
  • Chuck presented at an Atlanta Bar Association Panel, "Top 10 Tips for an Effective Trial," February, 2016


  • In January 2010, obtained jury verdict of $480,000, including punitive damages, in claims for fraud in real estate investment
  • Successfully defended real estate broker against claims of discrimination and other conduct; later defended all decisions on appeal. 4 (2008)
  • Obtained dismissal on statute of limitations grounds of premises liability claims arising from shooting at a hotel
  • Obtained six figure settlement in fraudulent conveyance action in action to set aside multiple transfers of real estate, luxury cars, and other assets
  • Obtained dismissal on jurisdictional grounds of federal copyright infringement action brought by copyright troll against website owner who was alleged to have improperly replicated a news -related image from the Denver Post’s website
  • In November 2009, obtained jury verdict in excess of $550,000 in fraudulent conveyance lawsuit against son, father and companies they controlled
  • In December 2008, obtained jury verdict of over $1,100,000 for developer against general contractor and others for defective construction of townhomes (2003)
  • Successfully defended law firm and title agency in claims by national lender for misconduct
  • Obtained dismissal for national default service in lawsuit challenging legality of foreclosure
  • Obtained favorable settlement of federal lawsuit alleging Fair Housing Act discrimination against extended-stay hotel
  • In January 2010, obtained $1,000,000 settlement for family in wrongful death action against trucking company
  • Obtained summary judgment for real estate broker against claims of concealment and misrepresentation; decision affirmed on appeal (2006)
  • Obtained judgment for $2,850,000 after week long jury trial for lender in case against borrower and related businesses
  • Obtained six figure settlement in arbitration against builder for construction defects
  • In March 2011, successfully defended developer in foreclosure confirmation hearing against national lender, defeating claims of several hundred thousand dollars

Educational Background:

  • Villanova University, B.A., cum laude, 1991

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Construction
  • Financial
  • Real Estate
Office Location for Charles H. Van Horn

3475 Piedmont Road Northeast
Suite 1100
Atlanta, GA 30305

Phone: 404-261-8650

Fax: 404-233-1943

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Last Updated: 10/4/2018

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