Charles D. "Chuck" Gabriel

Chalmers, Adams, Backer & Kaufman, LLC

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Charles D. "Chuck" Gabriel


Admitted In: Georgia, North Carolina

Personal Experience & Biography

Chuck Gabriel is an accomplished civil litigator who brings years of investigative experience and resources as a former FBI agent to his legal practice. He is a highly respected attorney who has been peer-rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell.

As a civil litigator, Chuck focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, class actions, civil RICO matters and business disputes involving:

  • Director, officer and employee misconduct matters
  • Ownership disputes
  • Fraud
  • Contractor/vendor disputes
  • Misappropriation of proprietary information or trade secrets
  • Other business torts

Chuck has successfully represented clients in class actions, fraud against the government, whistleblower claims. In 2014, Chuck’s clients won the largest class action settlement judgment in Georgia (In re Cobb EMC Class Action, Cobb Superior Court, Civil Action File No. 10:100353-48). In 2018, Chuck served on the Court Appointed Executive Committee in the class action regarding Lava Ultimate™ restorative material (Bhatia, et al. v 3M Company, USDC, DMinn, Case Number: 16-cv-1304 DWF-DTS [] where his  dentist and dental practice clients achieved a $32.5 million class action settlement and judgment. In 2021 Chuck’s clients were granted a Defense Summary Judgment in a business dispute demanding $5 million in damages and simultaneously won Counterclaim Summary Judgement on unpaid invoices. Both judgments were affirmed on appeal by the 11th Circuit (Wadley Crushed Stone Company, LLC v. Positive Step, Inc. , 34 F.4th 1251 (11th Cir. 2022)).

Chuck received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Syracuse University. His successes as an attorney and litigator in large measure flow from the wealth of knowledge and insight in the areas of ethics, corruption, and challenges to public commerce gleaned during his first career as an FBI Agent and legal advisor.

Throughout his nearly 30-year FBI career, Chuck focused on complex organized, conspiratorial matters from white collar and financial crimes to organized crime, espionage, and public corruption. His many successful cases included a conviction of a Georgia state senator that ultimately led to a state constitutional amendment automatically suspending elected officials from office upon a felony conviction. Chuck established the Public Corruption Awareness Program for the FBI in Georgia and published a thought-provoking assessment of the federal government’s role in addressing public corruption at the state and local government level.

Prior to joining Chalmers & Adams, Chuck was a partner in Pierce ~ Gabriel Partners, LLC.  Chuck is an active member of the State Bar of Georgia and the North Carolina State Bar and leads through his Georgia and national practice. He was also admitted in New York State for 38 years.

Chuck serves as a Board Member of Great Prospects, Inc., a Metro Atlanta 501 (c) (3) dedicated to young adults with disabilities and loves woodworking. He currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and rescue dogs. They have raised two grown children and are proud grandparents.

The results referenced on this page are not the only results the firm has achieved. Each case is different and must be evaluated on its individual merits. Prior results do not guarantee similar results can be achieved in future cases.

In North Carolina, the firm operates under the name Chalmers & Adams PLLC.