Charles S. Fax

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Bethesda, MD

Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC
 | 7979 Old Georgetown Road, Suite 400
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-951-0150
Fax: 301-951-0172
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (50%),
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Charles S. Fax is a partner in the Bethesda, Maryland office of Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC, which has offices throughout the state. Mr. Fax's nationwide practice emphasizes business litigation and corporate/contractual disputes, including business fraud, insurance coverage, business defamation and executive employment disputes.  He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in consumer class actions.  Representative clients include law firms, lawyers, closely held corporations, broker-dealers, trustees and business executives. Mr. Fax has held an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell continuously since 1995, and has been listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America for 25 years. In 2006, Washington Smart CEO magazine named Mr. Fax one of Greater Washington's "Legal Elite."  He taught as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law from 2010-2015, and authored a regular column on recent developments in civil procedure for the American Bar Association magazine "Litigation News" from 2008-2018.  He is the co-author of a treatise on discovery in the federal courts, "Discovery Problems and Their Solutions," published by ABA Publishing, and is current working on the fourth edition.

Mr. Fax is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University (B.A. 1970) and George Washington University Law School (J.D. 1973, with Honors), where he was a member of the National Moot Court Team. Mr. Fax is a member of the bars of Maryland, New York and Washington, D.C., and is licensed to practice in federal circuit courts throughout the country and the United States Supreme Court.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. 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 ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (50%)

General Litigation (30%): Litigation

Class Action/Mass Torts (20%): Class Actions

Focus Areas

Litigation, Class Actions

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2019

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About Charles Fax

Admitted: 1990, Maryland

Professional Webpage: http://www.rwllaw.com/team/charles-s-fax/

Honors/Awards:

  • Named one of "Greater Washington's Legal Elite", Washington Smart CEO Magazine, 2006
  • Listed Who's Who in American Law Publications
  • AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell since 1995
  • With Honors, George Washington University Law School
  • Listed in the Who's Who in America
  • Member of the National Moot Court Team, George Washington University Law School

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Licensed to practice in Federal Circuit Courts throughout the Country and the United States Supreme Court

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Associate Editor and Columnist, ABA Section of Litigation magazine "Litigation News."
  • Maryland
  • For several years, Mr. Fax served as Online Editor of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation "Litigation News," a monthly magazine distributed to the more than 70,000 members of the ABA Section of Litigation.  Between 2008-2018, he served as an Associate Editor of the Section's redesigned "Litigation News," and wrote a regular column for that publication entitled "Civil Procedure Update."
  • Washington, D.C.

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mr. Fax is National Vice President, Israel Action, for the Jewish National Fund, an organization that raises more than $100 million annually in the United States toward improvement of the environment in Israel, including water technology, soil reclamation, agricultural research and development, development of the desert and afforestation.  Mr. Fax is also a National Board Member of JNF. He speaks throughout the country on behalf of Israel.  In 2015-2017, Mr. Fax is serving a 2-year term as President of his Temple, responsible for a budget in excess of $3 million.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "When Is a Motion to Dismiss Not a Motion to Dismiss?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 38, No. 4, Summer 2013
  • Litigation News, ABA Section of LItigation, Vol. 43, No. 3, Spring 2018, "Why Do Lawyers Still Make Boilerplate Objections to Civil Discovery?", Litigation News, ABA Section of LItigation, Vol. 43, No. 3, Spring 2018
  • "A Tale of Discovery under the Hague Convention: Was the Expense Worth It?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 39, No. 1, Fall 2013
  • "Big Changes on the Horizon for the Federal Rules", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 39, No. 2, Winter 2014
  • "Less Is More: Proposed Rule 37(e) Strikes The Right Balance," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 39, No. 4, Summer 2014.
  • "Proposed Changes to Federal Rules Prompt Pushback," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring 2014.
  • "Standing Committee Approves Proposed Rules: The Judicial Conference is Next," Litigation News, ABA Section of LItigation, Vol. 40, No. 1, Fall 2014
  • "Out of the Box Sanctions Imposed for Abusive Defense of Deposition," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 2, Winter 2015
  • "A Primer on Rule 12(f) Motions to Strike," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 41, No. 3, Spring 2016.
  • "Qualcomm Lives!  Lawyers Beware" Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 3, Spring 2015
  • BOOK REVIEW: "Essential Reading on Cross-Examination" Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 3, Spring 2015
  • "Supreme Court Reminds Bar of Limits on Counsel's Duty to the Client," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 40, No. 4, Summer 2015
  • Co-Author of First, Second and Third Editions of "Discovery Problems and Their Solutions", ABA Publishing.  Third Edition was published in April 2013.
  • "Serial Abuse of Discovery Rules Warrants Disbarment," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 41, No. 1, Fall 2015
  • "Maryland Discovery Problems and Solutions" MICPEL, June, 450 pp., 2008
  • "Outside the Box Discovery Sanctions Reversed for Lack of Clear Notice," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 41, No. 2, Winter 2016.
  • "Discovery Problems and Their Solutions, Second Edition", ABA Publishing, August, 550 pp, 2009
  • BOOK REVIEW: "Inside a Judge's Head," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 41, No. 3, Spring 2016
  • "Professionalism Undermined by Misconduct in Deposition", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 35, No. 3, Spring, 2010
  • "What Can You Disclose in Moving to Withdraw as Counsel?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 42, No. 2, Winter, 2017
  • "Technical Amendments to Rules in 2009 Presage Further Changes in 2010", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 35, No. 2, Winter, 2010
  • "The Hole in Rule 30," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 41, No. 4, Summer, 2016.
  • "Sunshine in Litigation Act Might Finally See the Light of Day," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 35, No. 1, Fall, 2009
  • "Solutions for a Justice System 'In Serious Need of Repair,'" Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 34, No. 4, Summer, 2009
  • "The Parameters and Pitfalls of Payments to Fact Witnesses," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 42, No. 1, Fall, 2016., 2016
  • "Twombly Rules", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 34, No. 3, Spring, 2009
  • "When Overbilling Leads to Disciplinary Sanctions," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 42, No. 3, Spring 2017.
  • "Rule 26 to Change," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 34, No. 2, Winter 2009, 2009
  • Book Review: "A Comprehensive Handbook on the Class Action Fairness Act," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 42, No. 3, Spring 2017.
  • "Inadvertent Disclosure of ESI and 'Reasonable Care,'" Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Fall, 2008
  • "The Perils of Appearing Pro Hac," Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 42, No. 4, Summer 2017
  • Adjunct Professor "Discovery Practice and Procedure" University of Baltimore School of Law, Since 2010.
  • "Proportionality in E-Discovery: Wishful Thinking?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol.36, No. 1, Fall 2010
  • "Instead of Revising the Rules, Why Not Simply Follow Them?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 35, No. 4, Summer 2010
  • "To Tell the Truth", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 36, No. 2, Winter 2011
  • "Does the Proposed Amendment to Rule 11 Solve a Problem or Create One?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 36, No. 4, Summer 2011
  • "One E-Discovery Trap, and How to Avoid It", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 37, No. 1, Fall 2011
  • "Does Federalism Work for the Federal Rules?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 37, No. 2, Winter 2012
  • "A Modest Proposal: Discard Spoliation Sanctions", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 37, No. 3, Spring 2012
  • "Why You Must Read the Local Rules", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 37, No. 4, Summer 2012
  • "Taking the Fun Out of Rule 45", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 38, No. 1, Fall 2012
  • "Federal Spoliation Rule Moves Forward", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 38, No. 2, Winter 2013
  • "A Trend Toward Cost-Shifting in Discovery?", Litigation News, ABA Section of Litigation, Vol. 38, No. 3, Spring 2013

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Chambers, et al., v. Whirlpool Corp., et al., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 140839 (C.D. Cal., Oct. 11, 2016)

Educational Background:

  • The Johns Hopkins University, B.A., 1970

Industry Groups

  • Closely Held Corporations;Partnerships;Individuals
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Office Location for Charles S. Fax

7979 Old Georgetown Road
Suite 400
Bethesda, MD 20814

Phone: 301-951-0150

Fax: 301-951-0172

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Last Updated: 2/11/2019

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