Bar & Court Admissions

  • Georgia, 1993
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, 1998

Other Experience

Professional Liability

Commercial Landlord/Tenant 


Duke University, B.A., 1989

Emory University, J.D., 1993

Photo of Charles E. Rogers
2700 Marquis One Tower
245 Peachtree Center Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
Annette Quinn: 404.582.8088 - Email

CHARLES E. ROGERS is a partner in the Atlanta office of Smith, Currie & Hancock LLP.  Charlie focuses his practice on the representation of parties involved with the design, construction, ownership and development of commercial and residential construction projects, for public and private entities.  This representation encompasses all phases of such projects, including pre-project planning and development, contemporaneous management, and resolution of project-specific disputes and claims, as well as post-project operations and claim handling.  Specific services provided include traditional litigation, claim preparation and defense, contract drafting and negotiation, alternative dispute resolution and general consultation, for projects and matters ranging from office, shopping center, hospitality and retail complexes to large scale multi-family residential developments, mass transit infrastructure, major highway design and construction and other publicly-owned facilities.  This representation has included the utilization of mainstream alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration, through the assistance of the American Arbitration Association and other nationally recognized third-party neutrals, and the defense and pursuit of claims in all levels of various state courts, and, within the Federal Court system, in the U.S. District Courts of Georgia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court. 

In addition to assisting construction professionals in the resolution of disputed claims and other contested issues on private projects, Charlie is actively involved in providing consultation relating to government contract compliance, including issues raised by application of the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to construction contracts and other related documents, the resolution of construction-phase issues, the interpretation of contractual responsibilities and obligations and the development of appropriate compliance programs, risk management procedures and safeguards.  Charlie's construction practice also encompasses a specialty in handicap accessibility compliance in design and construction, in the context of both state and federal accessibility statutes which are or may be applicable to the myriad types of residential and commercial buildings being designed, constructed or developed in today's marketplace.  Charlie regularly participates in the presentation of annual risk management seminars to construction professionals, risk management specialists and insurance representatives.

In both 2005 and 2006, Charlie was identified by Law & Politics and Atlanta Magazine as a "Rising Star," and one of Atlanta's best lawyers under 40. 

Representative Matters

  • Equal Rights Center, et al., v. Archstone Multifamily Series I Trust, et al., v. Niles Bolton Associates, Inc., 602 F.3d 597 (4th Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S.Ct. 504 (November, 2010) (In a case of first impression involving federal statutory preemption principles applied to the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, obtained summary judgment on behalf of design firm on property owner’s derivative claims seeking indemnification and/or contribution for damages sustained through a settlement of claims alleging violations of FHA and ADA design and construction requirements at dozens of multi-family apartment projects).
  • Kami Z. Barker and Access Now, Inc. v. Emory University, et al., 316 Fed. Appx. 933 (11 Cir. 2009) (Defense verdict at jury trial on claims alleging violations of the FHA and ADA at student housing apartments on university campus).


Classes & Seminars Taught

  • Multi-Party Arbitration - Panelist, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Fall Meeting, Joint Division 1 and Division 5 Breakfast, October 14, 2011.
  • Federal Government Contracting: From Surviving to Thriving, AIA Large Firm Roundtable, April 7, 2011.
  • Arbitration From the Contractor’s Perspective – Practical Considerations, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Annual Meeting, Division 5 Breakfast Meeting, April 15, 2011.
  • Professional Liability and the Building Enclosure, AIA Building Enclosure Council, Miami Chapter, May 18, 2010.
  • Professional Liability and the Building Enclosure, AIA Building Enclosure Council, Atlanta Chapter, March 10, 2010.
  • Appearing as a Witness in a Civil Case, Legal Issues for Georgia Professional Engineers (Half Moon Seminars), March 27, 2008.
  • Law of Architectural Malpractice, Legal Issues for Georgia Architects (Half Moon Seminars), May 17, 2007.
  • Accessibility: Owners and Architects Get their Day in Court, National Multi-Housing Council Property/Risk Management Forum, October 30, 2006.
  • Lecturer on government contracting compliance and accessibility design and construction requirements under the FHA for various clients. 

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Georgia, Member

American Bar Association, Litigation Section and Forum on Construction Law

ABA Forum on Construction Law, Division 5 Steering Committee

Atlanta Bar Association, Litigation and Construction Law Sections