Charles J. Lloyd
Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1986, Chuck served as the law clerk to Justice Glenn E. Kelley of the Minnesota Supreme Court. He then practiced from 1987 until 2002 with the Minneapolis law firm of Lindquist & Vennum where his representation included professional football players in their antitrust actions against the National Football League, a reorganized bankrupt California steel company in a complicated water rights dispute, plaintiffs in medical and psychology malpractice cases and many businesses in contract and unfair trade practice cases.
Over the course of his career, Chuck has devoted a considerable portion of his practice to issues facing automobile glass companies. His auto glass clients vary from among the largest auto glass installation companies in the country to businesses whose owner is also the only employee. In addition to representing clients in short-pay and unfair competition cases, Chuck is also involved in assisting companies with regulatory compliance and drafting legislation to address issues faced by the glass industry. In 2003, Chuck received the Independent Glass Association’s President’s Award for “outstanding dedication and commitment to independents in the glass industry.”
Chuck also advises professionals including medical doctors, chiropractors, nurses, veterinarians, accountants and attorneys on a broad spectrum of matters ranging from hospital peer review panels to state disciplinary investigations and proceedings to the sale of practices and the formation of partnerships. Such engagements often involve both legal and professional concerns that require sensitivity to issues beyond the law.
Recognizing that not everyone can afford to hire an attorney when one is needed, Chuck spends a great deal of time providing free legal services to indigent clients and organizations that provide services to the poor. Among Chuck’s pro bono clients was a mentally handicapped man who was wrongfully convicted in a double murder and sentenced to death in Louisiana. Albert Burrell spent 14 years on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola before Chuck and his former partner, Steve Pincus, won his release.
Chuck is a member of The Advocates for Human Rights’ Death Penalty Project Steering Committee. For more than 15 years, he served on the board of directors of the Legal Rights Center, Inc., a Minneapolis-based public defender alternative and a leader in the restorative justice movement in Minnesota. Chuck also served seven years on the board of directors of the Eastview Athletic Association in Apple Valley, including two years as the EVAA President.