Charles Barnhill, Jr.
Mr. Barnhill is a founding partner of the firm now known as Miner, Barnhill & Galland. In his long career as a trial lawyer, he has litigated virtually every kind of civil case, from simple arbitrations to complex class actions. He has been honored by election as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also lectured and taught extensively in the area of litigation.
Among the areas in which he has concentrated his litigation practice are the following:
Representation of governments in civil litigation
Since 2003, Mr. Barnhill has headed the firm's extensive team of lawyers representing the Attorneys General of eight different states in the "Average Wholesale Price" litigation against pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, and price publishers for violation of state consumer fraud and Medicaid fraud statutes. In this still-ongoing litigation, Mr. Barnhill and other firm attorneys have taken five jury trials to verdict against pharmaceutical manufacturers and has achieved recoveries totaling hundreds of millions of dollars for these state clients.
Antitrust securities litigation
Mr. Barnhill has handled a number of large-scale antitrust class actions under federal and state antitrust laws. For example, he has brought suits using state antitrust statutes to recover large-scale relief for indirect purchasers, who are not covered by the federal antitrust laws. He also was lead counsel in a lawsuit achieving a substantial recovery on behalf of a class of over 100,000 attorneys who had purchased the country's largest bar review course at prices allegedly inflated by antitrust violations.
Mr. Barnhill has served as lead counsel for plaintiffs in a number of federal securities class actions, such as the Pacific Lumber facet of Drexel Burnham class action litigation, which resulted in a settlement in excess of $140 million. Another lawsuit successfully applied the federal securities laws to land sales transactions, obtaining massive relief for a class of purchasers of land in four failed Colorado recreational real estate developments.
Mr. Barnhill has been lead counsel for plaintiffs in a number of high-profile class actions, multiplaintiff cases and individual actions under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and has tried many such cases to verdict before juries and judges. Several of these lawsuits resulted in recoveries which at the time were the largest or among the largest of their kind on record in America. Mr. Barnhill also represented a large and active public employee union in Illinois for over twenty years, and in the course of such litigation won a number of landmark lawsuits over denial of promised benefits.
Lender liability and usury statutes
Among several actions against lenders who breached loan commitments to borrowers, Mr. Barnhill won a jury verdict (upheld on appeal) of almost $2 million. He handled a class action by a "rent to own" company alleging violation of state usury laws that was settled in excess of $16 million.
Honors and community service activities
Listed in Best Lawyers in America, each year since that publication"s inception
Listed in Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who in America
Appointed as special master by the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois to arbitrate class claim in case of Lumpkin, et al. v. International Harvester, Re: Wisconsin Steel Co., et al., Case Nos. 81 C 6674 and 80 B 3766-3773
Elected as fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2001
Member, Board of Directors, Legal Aid Society of Chicago, 1972-1974
Co-Chairman, Employment Litigation Committee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
Member, Board of Governors, Chicago Council of Lawyers, 1971-1973
J.D., University of Michigan Law School, 1968. Honors: cum laude; Order of the Coif; Assistant Editor, University of Michigan Law Review; Barristers Society.
B.S., University of Pennsylvania, 1965
Supreme Court of Illinois, 1968
Supreme Court of Wisconsin, 1988
U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1969
U. S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 1987
U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1988
U. S. Supreme Court, 1973
Of Counsel, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 2014 - Present
Shareholder, Miner, Barnhill & Galland, 1971-2013
Associate, Katz & Friedman, Chicago, 1969-1971
Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, Appellate Division, Legal Aid Bureau, Chicago, Illinois, 1968-1969