Charles O. Monk, II
Charlie Monk handles complex, high-stakes litigation primarily for companies facing crises or involved in transactions that will reshape their business. During his 40 years as a trial lawyer, clients ranging from securities and financial services companies to energy providers and developers have relied on his legal counsel to help them deal with insolvency, multi-district securities and RICO claims and mergers where billions of dollars were at stake.
Charlie's skill as a trial lawyer was built on a foundation of work in the Maryland Attorney General's Office, where he served as Chief of the Antitrust Division and, later, Deputy Attorney General. During his tenure there, Charlie led the criminal prosecution team in cases arising out of the Maryland Savings and Loan crisis. Untangling the facts to win convictions against high-profile defendants in those cases required a deep understanding of the sophisticated financial practices used in the business world. Charlie brings this same skill-set to his private practice for clients who need legal solutions that reflect the practical needs of their business.
In addition to his legal work for clients, Charlie served as managing partner for Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr's Baltimore office and the firm it merged with for more than 20 years. He is passionate about mentoring and community involvement and strongly encourages attorneys and staff to become civic leaders as a way of giving back to the state of Maryland and his native city of Baltimore and broadening the perspective they bring to their work for clients.