Charlie Shelton represents creditors, trustees, and businesses in bankruptcy proceedings and related litigation. Mr. Shelton also handles business transactions and commercial litigation. He is a skilled negotiator with extensive experience in handling disputes both in and out of the courtroom.
Prior to joining Hajjar Peters, Mr. Shelton was an Assistant Attorney General with the Texas Attorney General’s Office where he represented various state agencies and divisions primarily in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. Through his work at the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Shelton developed extensive state regulatory experience by representing, among others, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission; the Texas Railroad Commission; the Texas Attorney General’s Office’s Consumer Protection Division, Charitable Trust Section, and Transportation Division; the Texas Department of Transportation, and the Texas General Land Office. Before joining the Texas Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Shelton clerked for the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge, in Trenton, New Jersey.
- Represented the State of Texas in the Chapter 7 filing of a Medicaid dental services provider who owed the state $11.2 million. Successfully tried a lawsuit seeking to deny the debtor a discharge and defended the judgment on appeal to the U.S. District Court and U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Chu v. Texas, 572 B.R. 177 (N.D. Tex. 2015), aff’d sub nom. Matter of Chu, 679 F. App’x 316 (5th Cir. 2017).
- Represented the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Texas Attorney General in the Chapter 7 filings of a debt relief agency and its principal. Secured an allowed claim of $36.74 million claim for violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act against both Debtors and common law fraud against the principal. Obtained on summary judgment a judgment of non-dischargeability of the $36.74 million judgment (In re Garner, 515 B.R. 643 (Bankr. M.D. Fla. 2014)).
- Represented the Railroad Commission of Texas in a contempt action brought by a federal receiver in which the receiver demanded the turnover of $250,000 of environmental financial assurance. Obtained a favorable ruling when the district court denied the receiver’s motion for contempt and validated the Railroad Commission’s ultimate position. The district court’s ruling was affirmed on appeal. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n v. First Choice Mgmt. Servs., Inc., No. 3:00-CV-446-RLM, 2018 WL 525725, at *1 (N.D. Ind. Jan. 24, 2018), aff’d, 743 F. App’x 33 (7th Cir. 2018).
- Represented the Texas Department of Transportation as a creditor and regulator in the bankruptcy filing of a toll road. Helped negotiate an assumption of the toll road agreement and additional payments to TexDOT in excess of $800,000.
- Represented the Texas Health and Human Services Commission in the Chapter 11 filing of a Medicaid dental services provider. Ultimately secured an allowed claim of $41 million.
- Hon. Larry E. Kelly Inn of Court, Associate member
- Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
- Former Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
- Former member of DFW Association of Young Bankruptcy Lawyers
- Former member of the Minority Concerns Committee of the Middlesex County (New Jersey) Bar Association
- 36th Annual Jay L. Westbrook Bankruptcy Conference, November 2017
- Bankruptcy’s Role in Alleviating Student Debt Burdens, Panelist
- State Bar of Texas Bench-Bar Bankruptcy Conference, June 2017
- Dealing with Health, Safety and Welfare Emergencies in Bankruptcies, Panelist
- Annual N.D.T.X. Chapter 7 Trustee Training, September 2016
- State Agency Regulatory Concerns for Chapter 7 Trustees, Panelist
- San Antonio Bankruptcy Bar Association Monthly Meeting, August 2016
- Interacting with the Attorney General’s Office in Bankruptcy Cases, Presenter
- Consumer Protection Division Annual Meeting, October 2014
- Bankruptcy Basics, Presenter
- CARE Financial Literacy Conference, September 2014
- Pomp and Circumstance: The Student Loan Crisis, Panelist
- La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation Second Annual Business Ethics Summit, January 2014
- State of Texas, 2011
- United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2016
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2013
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, 2013
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2013