Charles S. Frigerio

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Top Rated State, Local & Municipal Attorney in San Antonio, TX

Law Offices of Charles S. Frigerio, P.C.
 | RiverView Towers, 111 Soledad Street, Suite 840
San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone: 210-271-7877
Fax: 210-271-0602
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011, 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • State, Local & Municipal (40%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (10%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Appellate (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    The president of his own San Antonio, Texas, law firm, Charles S. Frigerio has been defending constitutionally guaranteed rights of his clients for more than 30 years. At the Law Offices of Charles S. Frigerio, P.C., his effective and tenacious courtroom advocacy skills have resulted in numerous decisions affirming the civil rights of his clients from judges in state and federal courts in Texas. His skills and record of success in more than 325 jury trials have earned him recognition among his peers and an AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

    Mr. Frigerio is a board-certified specialist in personal injury trial law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, but his skills as a litigator have also allowed him to achieve favorable decisions in civil rights defense, government law and law enforcement litigation. He particularly focuses on defending police officers in Section 1983 cases pertaining to the use of excessive or deadly force. His notable clients include more than a dozen cities and counties in Texas and several law enforcement officers along with utility and insurance companies.

    Following his graduation from St. Mary’s University Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1982, Mr. Frigerio served as the Chief Prosecutor and Chief of Litigation for the City Attorney's Office in San Antonio before opening his own law practice in 1995. He is admitted to practice law in: United States Supreme Court, Washington D.C.; United States Court for the Federal Circuit, Washington D.C.; United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, New Orleans LA; United States Tax Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

    As a well-respected member of the legal community in Bexar County and throughout the state of Texas, Mr. Frigerio has earned awards from the Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas and the San Antonio Police Officers Association. A member of numerous state, local and federal bar associations, he frequently lectures at police academies and institutions.

    *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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 40%State, Local & Municipal
    • 20%Civil Rights
    • 10%Personal Injury - General: Defense
    • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
    • 10%Civil Litigation: Defense
    • 10%Appellate
    Focus Areas

    State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury - Defense, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Appeals

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2011, 2013 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

    National Board of Trial Advocacy

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    About Charles Frigerio

    Admitted: 1982, Texas

    Professional Webpage: http://www.lawyer.com/firm/law-offices-of-charles-s-frigerio...

    Honors/Awards:

    • Award of Apprecation, San Antonio S.W.A.T.
    • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the Highest recognition possible in the Legal Industry, for his Professionalism and Ethics
    • Award of Recognition, San Antonio Police Officers Association, 1992
    • Award for Outstanding Achievement, Texas Department of Public Safety
    • Named Texas Litigator of the week for his Defense of an ADAA claim against the City of Selma. Charles Frigerio successfully defended the City of Selma, Texas in a Multi-Million dollar lawsuit in Federal Court in the Western District of Texas., Texas Litigator of the Week, Texas Lawyer, 2014
    • Lawyer Extraordinare, San Antonio Police Officers Association, 1996
    • Who's Who in American Law
    • Award of Recognition, Combined Law Enforcement Association of Texas, CLEAT, 1992

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, College of the State Bar of Texas
    • Member, American Bar Association
    • U.S. Court of the Armed Forces, 1995
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 2014
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 1985
    • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
    • Member, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Member, National Board of Trial Advocacy
    • Member, Litigation Counsel of America
    • Texas, 1982
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1992
    • Member, San Antonio Bar Association
    • Member, State Bar of Texas
    • Member, Defense Research Institute
    • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1996
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, 2013
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1991
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1998
    • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1987

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • St. Peter Prince of the Apostle - School Council President, 2003
    • Chairman, Finance Committee St. Peter's Prince of the Apostles Parish, 2012
    • CONOPUS, 2012
    • Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, 2008
    • On-call Attorney for Officer Involved Shootings., 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Speaker, EEOC: Pattern & Practice Litigation, TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool , 2010
    • Section 1983 - Police Litigation, Speaker, Best Practices in Governmental Law, Texas Bar CLE, 2011
    • Frequent Lecturer at Police Academies and Institutions throughout the state of Texas, 1995
    • Speaker, Government Liability Under Section 1983, Lorman Education Services, 2012
    • Speaker, Police Liability In Texas, Lorman Education Services, 2002
    • Speaker, Excessive Force Issues, Texas Defenseive Tactics Instructors Conference, Austin, TX, 2005
    • Speaker, Police Liability in Texas, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmnental Risk Pool, 2007
    • Speaker, Litigating the Excessive Force Claim, Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool, 1998
    • Speaker at the Advanced Civil Trial Practice Seminar. I spoke on the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and how the rules effect the Trial Practioner., Speaker, Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, State Bar Of Texas, 2014

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Arizmendi v Gabbert, 919 F3d 891 (5th Cir 2019); My client prevailed on Qualified Immunity defense at the Fifth Circuit., 2019
    • Casas v. Gillium, 869 S.W.2d 671 (Tex. App.- San Antonio, 1994)
    • In Re Texas Dept. of Transp. and In Re Gillespie County, 218 S.W.3d 74 (Tex. 2007)
    • Robinson v. City of San Antonio, 727 S.W.2d 40, Tex. Civ. App.- San Antonio, 1987
    • Coronado v. Milam, 2004 WL 1195879, Tex. App. San Antonio, 2004
    • Sheffield v. Williamson County.  January 2013. Before United States District Judge James Nowlin.  This case involved alleged uses of excessive force by Williamson County and its Deputy.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendants., 2013
    • Hallmark v. City of Fredericksburg, 94 S.W.3d 703, Tex.App. San Antonio, 2002
    • Monica Diaz v. City of San Antonio and Officer Scott Poth.  This case was tried in July of 2008 before United States District Judge Royal Furgeson in San Antonio, Texas.  Plaintiffs alleged that Officer Poth used Deadly Force on Plaintiffs' Decedent.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of Defendant City of San Antonio and Officer Poth., 2008
    • Ramos v. City of San Antonio, 974 S.W.2d 112 (Tex. App. - San Antonio, 1998)
    • Randall Eugene Bowdre v. Bastrop County.  This case was tried in State District Court of Bastrop County in September of 2004.  Plaintiffs alleged Wrongful Death of their Decedent concerning the actions of Bastrop County.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of Bastrop County., 2004
    • Campbell v. City of San Antonio, 43 F.3d 973 (5th Cir. 1995)
    • Guzman v. City of San Antonio, 766 S.W.2d 858, Tex. Civ. App.- San Antonio, 1989
    • Shields v. Twiss, 389 F.3d 142, 5th Cir. 2004
    • Fleming et al v. City of Selma before United States District Judge Xavier Rodriguez.  Verdict returned in favor of City of Selma.  Charles Frigerio named litigator of the week in the Texas Lawyer.  , 2013
    • Hallmark v. City of Fredericksburg, 94 S.W.3d 703, Tex.App. San Antonio, 2002
    • Richard Wayne Graves v. Willaimson County and Deputy Zachary. This case was tried in June of 2009 before United States District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin, Texas, concerning Deputy Zachary's use of deadly force. The Jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendants Deputy Zachary and Williamson County., 2009
    • Sappington v. Bartee, 195 F.3d 234 (5th Cir. 1999)
    • Diana Alpha v. Matt Hooper.  This case was tried in February of 2005 before United States District Judge David Fulsom in Texarkana Texas.  Plaintiffs allege that Deputy Hooper used excessive force when fatally wounding Plaintiffs' Decedent.  The Jury returned a verdict in favor of Defendant Deputy Hooper.  , 2005
    • Ballantyne v. Champion Builders, Inc., 144 S.W.3d 417, (Tex. 2004)
    • Schroeder et al v. Gillespie County, 12 CV 01139, Federal Court for the Western District of Texas, Austin Division. This was a Jail Suicide case brought under 42 USC 1983 for alleged failure to protect from harm. Jury Trial resulted in Verdict in Favor of my client  Gillespie County., 2014
    • Flores v. Fourth Court of Appeals, 777 S.W.2d 38, Tex. 1989
    • Rothgery v. Gillespie County, 491 F.3d 293 (5th Cir. 2007)
    • Cibrian, et al v. City of San Antonio, et al - Civil Rights Cause of Action involving a vigilante police officer. Subsequent to the trial, a movie was made concerning the case.  The jury returned a verdict in this MultiMillion Dollar case in favor of the City of San Antonio and its Officers. United States Fifth Circuit Judge Henry Politz sitting by designation., 1990
    • In Re Grand Jury Proceedings, 198. GJ 20 129 S.W.3d 140, Tex. App. San Antonio 2003
    • Michael Short v. Sheriff Arvin West and Hudspeth County.  June 2012. Before United States District Judge Briones.  Plaintiff alleged due violations of due process under 42 U.S.C. §1983. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendants Sheriff West and Hudspeth County., 2012
    • Guzman v. City of San Antonio, 766 S.W.2d 858, Tex. Civ. App.- San Antonio, 1989
    • Tommy Lynn Patterson v. Kerr County and Sheriff Hierholzer.  This is an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case tried in March of 2008 before United States District Judge Royal Furgeson.  Plaintiff alleged that he was discriminated against in violation of the ADA as an inmate of the Kerr County Jail.  The jury returned a verdict in favor of Kerr County., 2008
    • Ballantyne v. Champion Builders, Inc., 144 S.W.3d 417, (Tex. 2004)
    • Rothgery v. Gillespie County, 554 U.S. 191 (2008)

    Representative Clients:

    • Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool Travelers OneBeacon Government Risks Hartford Insurance Company Trident Insurance JWF Specialty Co., Inc. Cities, Counties and Law Enforcement Officers throughout the State of Texas: City of San Antonio City of Austin City of Waco City of Kerrville City of Crystal City City of Laredo City of Converse City of Runge City of Schertz City of Karnes City City of Windcrest City of Live Oak City of Fredericksburg City of New Braunfels City of Kingsville City of Alamo Heights City of Terrell Hills City of Helotes City of Bandera City of Devine   Kendall County Gillespie County Hudspeth County Wilson County San Patricio County Live Oak County DeWitt County Guadalupe County Atascosa County Brooks County Webb County Zapata County Kleberg County Gonzales County Caldwell County Bee County Kerr County San Saba County Pecos County Hopkins County Bastrop County Dimmit County Bell County Gray County Armstrong County Deaf Smith County Hemphill County Ochiltree County Childress County Maverick County Water Control District Three Rivers Housing Authority.

    Educational Background:

    • St. Mary's University of San Antonio, B.A., summa cum laude, 1979

    Industry Groups

    • Civil Rights Defense
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    RiverView Towers
    111 Soledad Street, Suite 840
    San Antonio, TX 78205

    Phone: 210-271-7877

    Fax: 210-271-0602

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