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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

Board of Trustees, 2015

Bar and Court Admissions

The State Bar of Texas

The State Bar of Oklahoma

United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas


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

International Society of Barristers

International Academy of Trial Lawyers

National Trial Lawyers

Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow

Texas Trial Lawyers Association

Dallas County Bar Association

Dallas Trial Lawyers Association


Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas Lawyer (2015)

Litigation Star, Benchmark Litigation (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, Dallas Tier 1 Ranking in Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice, U.S. News-Best Lawyers (2010-2016)

Best Law Firms, National Tier 1 Ranking in Medical Malpractice, U.S. News-Best Lawyers (2013)

Faculty, National Trial College of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Harvard Law School (2014)

Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame, Texas Lawyer (2013)

Winning Women, Texas Lawyer (2011)

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

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

Top Texas Verdicts of 2011, Texas Lawyer, 2nd largest negligence verdict in the state

Top Texas Verdicts of 2010, Texas Lawyer, two top verdicts on the list

500 Leading Plaintiff Lawyers in America, Lawdragon (2007, 2011, 2013, 2014)

Compassionate Gladiator Award, Florida Justice Association (2013)

National Trial Lawyers, National Women Trial Lawyers Association Top 10, Executive Committee (2015)

National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers (2012)

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

Best Women Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine (2010)

John Howie Award, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association (2010)

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)