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Charles R Eskridge


Charles Eskridge joined Quinn Emanuel to help open its Houston office in 2015. He previously was a partner for 20 years with Susman Godfrey L.L.P. He specializes in complex commercial litigation and has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts across the country. Eskridge serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he teaches a class of his own design on Origins of the Federal Constitution, having also taught the course on Federal Courts.

Eskridge attended law school at Pepperdine University, where he graduated summa cum laude and valedictorian in 1990, and now serves on its Board of Visitors. He served as a law clerk to the Hon. Charles Clark, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then clerked for the Hon. Byron R. White at the U.S. Supreme Court during its October 1991 Term. Before entering private practice in 1994, he also served as special assistant to Howard M. Holtzmann, U.S. Arbitrator for the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Eskridge is a Sustaining Member of the American Law Institute, and Texas Law and Politics and Texas Monthly Magazines have named him among the State’s “Super Lawyers” since 2005. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz appointed Eskridge to their Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee to screen candidates and assist their advice and consent on prospective federal judges and U.S. Attorneys in Texas. Eskridge volunteers his time to the Houston community and legal profession, serving on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Printing History and in leadership roles with the local American Inns of Court. He supports access-to-justice initiatives, and is a Sustaining Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation.

Eskridge was raised in Houston and attended college at Trinity University in San Antonio, where he received his B.A., magna cum laude, in 1985. He resides in Houston with his wife, Monica, and their three amazing children.