Charles Prueter

Charles grew up in Northeast Ohio, started his legal career as a judicial law clerk in Houston, Texas, and has been in Birmingham since 2014. For most of his time in private practice, he litigated complex commercial disputes and governmental enforcement actions across the country with a large, Southeast-based law firm. He came to Fortif in 2022, both to continue his litigation and dispute resolution practice and to offer innovative and efficient guidance to clients seeking solutions outside the courtroom.

Clients in health care, publishing, financial services, retail and hospitality, and manufacturing rely on his problem-solving skills. Charles sees persuasive writing, dogged fact-finding and analysis, and, most importantly, an appreciation for how his clients’ businesses operate as the keys to positive outcomes. At times, that means taking the cases up through the state or federal courts of appeals; at others, that means executing a strategy to avoid litigation altogether.

Charles and his wife Susan live in Bluff Park with their three children, all of whom brighten his life in their own ways.

“As lawyers in this dynamic community of businesses, ideas, and people, we are both humbled and privileged to play our part in something that existed before we got here and will continue long after we are gone.” 


  • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2012
  • The Ohio State University, B.A. in History & Latin, summa cum laude, 2009

Community Involvement

  • Bluff Park United Methodist Church, Chair of the Church Council
  • Firehouse Shelter, Junior Board
  • Shades Crest Baptist Church, Youth Basketball Coach
  • Hunter Street Baptist Church, Youth Football Coach
  • Hoover Youth Lacrosse, Coach


  • Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice (2022 to 2024)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation (2022 to 2024)
  • Super Lawyers rising Star, Appellate, Civil Litigation, Criminal Defense (2019 to 2022)
  • Birmingham Business Journal NextGEN in Law (2021)
  • Birmingham Business Journal Rising Star in Law (2018)


  • Alabama
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • Alabama State Courts
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

Lawyers on a mission.