Charles (“Chet”) H. Rabon, Jr., was born in Camden, South Carolina and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. He graduated Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina, with a B.A. degree in Political Science. Following graduation, Chet worked at a ski resort in Colorado and traveled extensively abroad before entering law school at Vanderbilt University, where in 1989 he received the J.D. degree with honors and was elected to Order of the Coif, and served as Associate Editor of Vanderbilt Law Review. While in law school, Chet also served as a Legal Writing Instructor, interned with the Chief U.S. District Court Judge, and won several awards for highest marks in various law school classes.
Following graduation, Chet served as a law clerk to the Hon. Emmett R. Cox, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, in Mobile, Alabama. In 1990, Chet joined the firm of Petree, Stockton and Robinson, in Charlotte, North Carolina, and practiced with that firm (now known as Kilpatrick Townsend) for several years. Between 1999 and 2011, Chet practiced as a litigation partner in two smaller firms in Charlotte, during which time he was chosen to Business North Carolina’s Legal Elite for Litigation. In early 2012, Chet started the Rabon Law Firm, PLLC, and he is its Managing Member.
During his career, Chet has represented a variety of clients as trial and appellate counsel in numerous significant matters, including, to highlight just a few:
- Representing Charlotte’s initial NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, in broadcast pirating and intellectual property enforcement litigation, and other litigation involving contract matters.
- Representing, along with a former partner, a national defense contractor in an American Arbitration Association proceeding lasting nearly a full year, and involving multimillion dollar claims.
- Representing a small North Carolina business in an Unfair and Deceptive Business Practices Claim, tried continuously before a judge and jury for over four months, and which resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict in favor of our client.
- Representing a home building franchisee in a copyright infringement lawsuit and arbitration resulting in a substantial award and confidential settlement.
- Representing clients in numerous catastrophic personal injury claims and wrongful death claims, with several resulting in seven-figure settlements.
In addition to these matters, Chet’s past experience includes Commercial Litigation, Small Business Counseling, Intellectual Property Litigation (copyrights and trademarks), Eminent Domain and Zoning issues, Major Personal Injury and Wrongful Death claims, Premises Liability, and Tractor-Trailer Crashes, and Class Action litigation. Chet and his firm continue to handle a limited number of representations in these areas.
In 2009, Chet and his firm began to concentrate primarily on matters arising under the False Claims Act and related state and federal statutes, drawing on his experience of working for the United States Courts and his interest in federal litigation. While the national rate of intervention by the Department of Justice in False Claims Act cases is around 20%, the DOJ intervened in each of the first two cases brought by the Rabon Law Firm with successful outcomes for our clients. Our rate of intervention is significantly higher than the reported average. We have brought FCA cases in multiple states and presently have pending, under seal, numerous False Claims Act cases and are actively investigating several others.
Since making the decision to concentrate on FCA cases, Chet has joined Taxpayers Against Fraud, and has developed extensive working relationships with other members of the qui tam bar across the country, and collaborates with many of these attorneys on cases. In 2012, Chet became a Sustaining Member of the Federal Bar Association.
Professional Affiliations and Memberships:
- American Association for Justice
- Federal Bar Association, Sustaining Member
- Mecklenburg County Bar Association
- Mecklenburg County Trial Lawyers Association
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice
- North Carolina State Court Arbitrator
- North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission Certified Mediator
- Southern Trial Lawyers Association
- The Melvin M. Belli Society
- U.S. Supreme Court
- Admitted in all North Carolina state trial and appellate courts
- U.S. Eastern District of North Carolina
- U.S. Middle District of North Carolina
- U.S. Western District of North Carolina
- U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
- Pro Hac Vice admissions in South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida
Chet is actively involved in numerous community organizations and non-profits, including local arts and charitable organizations. He is a former chairman and long time board member of Second String Santas. Along with Vic Howie, a former banker and investment advisor, Chet is the founder, and a former long-time board member, of the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Inc. Actively involved in the Bar, Chet has served as Board Member of both the Mecklenburg County Bar and Bar Foundation, and on numerous committees with the NCAJ and other professional associations of which he is affiliated. Chet is married, and he and his family have lived in Charlotte for over 22 years.