Charles J. Barreras

Founding Partner

cbarreras@chartwelllaw.com
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(610) 666-8416
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PRACTICE AREAS

Workers' Compensation

Employment and Labor Law

First-Party Property

General Liability Defense

Insurance Coverage

Personal Injury Defense

Personal Liability Defense

Subrugation

Admissions

New York

Pennsylvania

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Education

Temple University School of Law

J.D., cum laude, 1992

Drexel University

B.S., 1987

Charles Barreras is a founding partner of Chartwell Law where he handles employment law, general liability, insurance coverage, heart and lung, premises liability and workers’ compensation matters on behalf of the firm’s insurance company, self insured governmental and quasi-governmental clients.

Mr. Barreras manages all aspects of litigation including strategy development, investigation supervision, preparation and defense at arbitration and trial in both state and federal court.

Mr. Barreras was named to the Philadelphia Magazine, and the Pennsylvania Edition of Super Lawyers® Magazine, every year since 2008.  This is a distinction limited to only five percent of attorneys practicing in the Commonwealth. 

When he began attending law school at night, Mr. Barreras worked during the day as a SIU investigator with Equifax Insurance Services. During his legal education he later worked as a multi-line claims adjuster for an independent adjusting company, where he handled all aspects of automobile, general liability, property and workers’ compensation claims. This experience enables him to bring practical claims handling experience to the practice of law.

Mr. Barreras began his legal career with a Philadelphia area insurance defense firm, where he litigated various automobile, general liability, insurance coverage, medical malpractice, automobile, and workers’ compensation matters.  In 1996, he became associated with the Philadelphia firm Weber Goldstein Greenberg & Gallagher, LLP, where he devoted his practice to handling automobile, general liability and workers’ compensation, matters.  In 1999, he became the managing partner of Weber Goldstein’s Reading, Pennsylvania office, where he worked until the founding of Chartwell Law in 2002.  Since that time, he has helped the firm grow from a four-lawyer workers’ compensation “boutique” firm with one office in Pennsylvania to an international, full-service law firm with more than 120 attorneys and 18 offices throughout Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

Mr. Barreras served honorably for 14 years in the United States’ Army Reserve, as both an enlisted soldier in an aviation unit and a commissioned officer in the Civil Affairs branch.  He attained the rank of captain before entering the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). 

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

American Bar Association

Workers' Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Military Service

United States' Army Reserve, 1982-1996

Enlisted service 1982 - 1987

Commissioned service 1987 - 1996

Promoted to Captain - August, 1995

Awards include: 

Army Service Ribbon (1983)

Basic Parachutist’s Badge (1986)

Army Achievement Medal (1989), with Oak Leaf Clusters (1991 & 1996)

Reserve Forces Overseas Service Ribbon (1989), with Oak Leaf Clusters (1991, 1993 & 1994)

Joint Services Commendation Medal (Haiti - 1995)

The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Haiti - 1995)

Presentations

Course planner for annual Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation "Handling the Workers’ Compensation Case” Seminar, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Mechanicsburg, PA, November-December, 2007; March, 2010

6th Annual Bureau of Workers' Compensation Conference, Independent Contractors, "Are They or Aren't They," June 12, 2006, Hershey Lodge & Conference Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Handling the Workers’ Compensation Case, Course Planner, December 1, 2005, Mechanicsburg, PA., December 7, 2005, Philadelphia, PA, December 14, 2005, Pittsburgh, PA.


Charles Barreras is a founding partner of Chartwell Law where he handles employment law, general liability, insurance coverage, heart and lung, premises liability and workers’ compensation matters on behalf of the firm’s insurance company, self insured governmental and quasi-governmental clients.

Mr. Barreras manages all aspects of litigation including strategy development, investigation supervision, preparation and defense at arbitration and trial in both state and federal court.

Mr. Barreras was named to the Philadelphia Magazine, and the Pennsylvania Edition of Super Lawyers® Magazine, every year since 2008.  This is a distinction limited to only five percent of attorneys practicing in the Commonwealth. 

When he began attending law school at night, Mr. Barreras worked during the day as a SIU investigator with Equifax Insurance Services. During his legal education he later worked as a multi-line claims adjuster for an independent adjusting company, where he handled all aspects of automobile, general liability, property and workers’ compensation claims. This experience enables him to bring practical claims handling experience to the practice of law.

Mr. Barreras began his legal career with a Philadelphia area insurance defense firm, where he litigated various automobile, general liability, insurance coverage, medical malpractice, automobile, and workers’ compensation matters.  In 1996, he became associated with the Philadelphia firm Weber Goldstein Greenberg & Gallagher, LLP, where he devoted his practice to handling automobile, general liability and workers’ compensation, matters.  In 1999, he became the managing partner of Weber Goldstein’s Reading, Pennsylvania office, where he worked until the founding of Chartwell Law in 2002.  Since that time, he has helped the firm grow from a four-lawyer workers’ compensation “boutique” firm with one office in Pennsylvania to an international, full-service law firm with more than 120 attorneys and 18 offices throughout Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Tennessee.

Mr. Barreras served honorably for 14 years in the United States’ Army Reserve, as both an enlisted soldier in an aviation unit and a commissioned officer in the Civil Affairs branch.  He attained the rank of captain before entering the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). 

Professional Associations

Philadelphia Bar Association

Pennsylvania Bar Association

American Bar Association

Workers' Compensation Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Military Service

United States' Army Reserve, 1982-1996

Enlisted service 1982 - 1987

Commissioned service 1987 - 1996

Promoted to Captain - August, 1995

Awards include: 

Army Service Ribbon (1983)

Basic Parachutist’s Badge (1986)

Army Achievement Medal (1989), with Oak Leaf Clusters (1991 & 1996)

Reserve Forces Overseas Service Ribbon (1989), with Oak Leaf Clusters (1991, 1993 & 1994)

Joint Services Commendation Medal (Haiti - 1995)

The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Haiti - 1995)

Presentations

Course planner for annual Pennsylvania Bar Institute Workers’ Compensation "Handling the Workers’ Compensation Case” Seminar, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Mechanicsburg, PA, November-December, 2007; March, 2010

6th Annual Bureau of Workers' Compensation Conference, Independent Contractors, "Are They or Aren't They," June 12, 2006, Hershey Lodge & Conference Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Bar Institute, Handling the Workers’ Compensation Case, Course Planner, December 1, 2005, Mechanicsburg, PA., December 7, 2005, Philadelphia, PA, December 14, 2005, Pittsburgh, PA.


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