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Charles M. Gearing Practice Overview

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Mr. Gearing’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation.  He has represented clients across industries, including insurance, energy, healthcare, real estate, retail and manufacturing, in a broad range of disputes involving contract disputes, TRO and injunctive relief proceedings, non-competition disputes, employment disputes, health, life, and disability insurance disputes, landlord-tenant disputes, and litigation involving commercial real estate in federal and state courts across the country.  Mr. Gearing has also advised clients concerning compliance with various federal statutes, including the Occupational Safety and Health Act (“OSHA”), the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA”).

Prior to joining Figari + Davenport, Mr. Gearing served as a law clerk for the Honorable Brian S. Miller in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, where he gained extensive experience analyzing complex litigation cases from initial filing through final trial.


  • Successfully obtained multiple Temporary Restraining Orders and Temporary Injunctions against former employees to prevent them from using clients’ trade secrets, soliciting clients’ customers, and preventing them from working with clients’ major competitors.
  • Successfully obtained a Temporary Restraining Order and Agreed Permanent Injunction to stop the seller and former owner of a business from soliciting the business’ customers to a new competing business, even after the seller agreed not to compete with the business after the sale.
  • Successfully obtained a writ of attachment to secure heavy equipment to pay a debt owed to a client.
  • Successfully obtained summary judgment for a client, a residential home builder, in a commercial lease dispute with its landlord, saving the client over $16 million in rent payments.


  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School, 2009
    President, Vanderbilt Bar Association
    Executive Editor, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review
    Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Awards, Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law
  • B.A., Duke University, with distinction, 2005


  • Named a D Magazine “Best Lawyers Under 40” (2018-2021)
  • Named a Texas Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-2020)
  • Member of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) 2013 Leadership Class


  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
    President, 2019
    President-Elect, 2018
    Vice President, 2017
    Treasurer, 2016
    Secretary, 2015
    Board Member, 2014
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation
    Chair, 2017
    Trustee, 2015-2019
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas