Attorney Charles (Chad) R. Walker, Jr., is a partner at Regan Atwood P.A. Chad handles construction, business, and real estate litigation in the Regan Atwood offices in Orlando, Florida, and Jacksonville, Florida.
Chad has practiced law in Florida since 2001, and is Florida Bar Board Certified in construction law.
Chad has served as lead counsel in multimillion-dollar legal disputes for Florida, regional and national clients in complex construction, commercial and real estate disputes in state and federal courts and in arbitration.
“Achieving board certification is one of the more important accomplishments in my experience as an attorney,” Chad said. “It’s a recognition from my peers that I’m an expert in the field of construction law, and that I have the knowledge and experience to call myself a specialist in that practice area.”
Chad works primarily on construction cases for national, regional and local general contractors, site work contractors, multi-family builders, and trade subcontractors (electrical, plumbing, roofer, etc.), as well as condominium associations and developers. Chad enjoys working with a wide range of clients.
“I think we’re a blue collar law firm,” Chad said of Regan Atwood. “We’ve got pickup trucks in the driveway, we’ve got guys who fish, we’ve got a former general contractor, and I’m a football coach. We relate to people who are hard-working, dedicated, honest. Just practical and self-made.”
Chad explained that anybody who’s been through litigation recognizes that it’s a very challenging process. It’s long, it can be frustrating at times, and you have to navigate a lot of unexpected circumstances.
“Litigation is at so many times unpredictable,” Chad said. “Clients have to make tough business decisions, not just litigation strategy decisions, but practical decisions that will impact the bottom line of their business, that can impact their employees.
“In our role as counselor, the advice often times isn’t to aggressively move forward to trial. If there’s an opportunity to resolve a case in a way makes sense, you might have to do that. Especially if that allows you to go back to the business of making money and taking care of your employees.”
As part of his service to the construction community, Chad produces “Managing the Risk,” a podcast focusing on compelling, risk-related issues that affect the construction industry. The podcast is available on Stitcher, Google Play, and Apple Podcasts.
Chad’s history with partner Jeff Regan dates back to the first year of Chad’s practice.
“When I graduated from law school I went to work for a fantastic commercial litigation boutique firm, and one of the partners there was Jeff Regan,” Chad said. “Within the first year, I really started to gravitate towards Jeff, who quickly became my mentor.
“Jeff’s practice was construction law, and it was exploding. So, I started working with him on those cases and, lo and behold, I discovered I really loved it.”
Chad and Jeff teamed up as partners in 2006 as founding shareholders of Regan Zebouni & Walker, P.A. In 2011, Chad relocated to Orlando and joined a business trial group. There, Chad was lead counsel on a range of business litigation and construction litigation matters.
Chad rejoined Jeffrey C. Regan and F. Eugene Atwood as a partner in 2015. Today, the team works together on a variety of construction, business and real estate cases brought to Regan Atwood P.A. for resolution.
“For me it’s all about educating the client upfront, making sure they understand the legal process in practical terms,” Chad said. “They want to know how it will impact them, impact their business.”
“Really being able to boil down what they can expect in the litigation process, to the extent we can predict it, and presenting it back to them in a way that is understandable for a person who doesn’t have legal experience. That’s what I like to do to help clients navigate the litigation process.”