Charles C Ritter, Jr.

Senior Partner

“We’re aggressive and results-oriented; cost effective but not afraid to try a hard case.  Lawsuits are about the result, not the process.  I’m not going to waste the client’s time and money just for the sake of litigating.  I work with the client to define and achieve a successful resolution.”

Charles joined Duke Holzman in 1995, after completing a federal court clerkship upon graduating law school. At Duke Holzman, Charles learned the core principles of practicing to the standard of excellence: based on the facts of the case and the desired outcome, identify a strategy early on, provide the highest quality of service and obtain results.  After nearly twenty years, Charles continues to refine his skills and build his practice around this simple yet effective formula.

Charles focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, including construction, securities, contract disputes, insurance coverage and general corporate and transactional work. He represents a variety of clients, from publicly traded companies to general building and construction contractors to small business owners and entrepreneurs in a range of industries, including manufacturing, construction, medical and professional services and private finance.

Charles has successfully represented clients in state and federal courts, including appellate proceedings, arbitrations, and mediations, and he has advised clients regarding business activities, transactions, and acquisitions.   Committed to providing responsive, aggressive and reassuring service, Charles builds excellent client relationships and consistently achieves optimal results.

His experience further includes:

  • Successful representation of contractors against state, municipal and private owners on claims for extra compensation, delay damages and labor inefficiency claims
  • Prosecution of multi-million dollar actions to establish Lien Law priority and recover on Lien Law trust fund theories
  • Commencing and successfully resolving both commercial and residential first party insurance coverage disputes, including arson trials and class/group based claims
  • Successful prosecution/defense of claims under federal securities laws and RICO
  • Representation of developers and national retail chains concerning development and landlord tenant disputes

A recipient of the Robert J. Connelly award for trial excellence, Charles is a regular participant in conferences and seminars relating to commercial litigation and the construction industry.  He is a member of the General Building Contractors of New York and the Associated General Contractors of America, as well as a member of the New York State, Erie County, and Women’s Bar Associations. Charles also serves as the Director of the Duquense Hunting and Fishing Club.

Charles was selected to the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list.

Practice Areas:

Business and Corporate LawConstruction LawCivil Litigation and Appellate Practice; Labor and EmploymentInsurance Coverage


Construction & Demolition; Healthcare; Hospitality; Manufacturing; Professional Services; Real Estate and Environmental; Securities; Transportation

Organizations and Activities:

New York State Bar Association; Bar Association of Erie County; Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York; General Building Contractors of New York; Associated General Contractors of America; Director of Duquense Hunting and Fishing Club


New York State; U. S. District Court for the Western and Northern Districts of New York; United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Eleventh Circuits


SUNY Buffalo Law School, J.D.
Colgate University B.A. in Psychology and Economics