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Charla Aldous


The first time I ever stood up in front of a jury, I knew that it was where I belonged. I’ve been told that, in front of a jury, I seem to have the opposite of stage fright, and I suppose that’s true. It’s where I feel most comfortable, advocating for my clients, arguing their case.

I’m a trial lawyer. If I believe in a cause, I’ll fight for it – with everything I’ve got – for as long as I have to. I just don’t know any other way to approach this work.

I try cases because I enjoy helping people, whether they’re ordinary people who’ve been wronged by a product or company, or a business that’s been harmed by the actions of another. I truly do care about the people I represent. If I ever stop caring, I’ll quit practicing law.

Over my career I have been fortunate enough to try close to 200 jury trials for plaintiffs and defendants. I actually began on the other side, defending businesses and insurance companies.

But at some point, I decided I wanted to choose the people and companies I represent, that I wanted to know them personally and believe in their cause. I’d be very interested to hear about yours.


J.D.; Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law; 1985

B.A.; Austin College; 1982

Distinguished Alumni


American Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates-Dallas Chapter
President (2008)
President-Elect (2007)
Treasurer (2006)
Executive Committee (2001-present)

American Association for Justice

The Inner Circle of Advocates

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Dallas County Bar Association

Dallas Trial Lawyers Association


Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas Lawyer (2015)

Top 10 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal (2012, 2013)

Best Lawyers in America (2003-2016)

Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year in Dallas, Best Lawyers in America (2013, 2016)

Personal Injury Litigator of the Year in Dallas, Best Lawyers in America (2009)

Best Law Firms, Tier 1 Ranking in Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice, U.S. News-Best Lawyers (2011)

500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, Lawdragon (2007, 2011, 2013)

Compassionate Gladiator Award, Florida Justice Association (2013)

Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)

Trial Lawyer of the Year, Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2008)

Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal (2003-2015)

Top 50 Female Lawyers in Texas, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal (2003-2015)

Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters Legal (2003-2015)

Texas’ Top-Notch Lawyers in Personal Injury – Plaintiffs, Texas Lawyer‘s Go-To Guide (2007)

Top 10 “Winning Lawyers in America,” The National Law Journal (2005)

Top 10 Verdicts in the Nation, Lawyers Weekly USA (2000, 2004)