Charles M. Meadows, Jr.

Mr. Meadows, who is Board Certified in Tax Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is also a CPA, has over 35 years of experience in representing public/private corporations and individuals in litigation involving tax and white collar legal defense matters.

White Collar Legal Defense: Mr. Meadows has represented entities and individuals accused of health care fraud, tax fraud, defense contracting fraud, securities fraud, customs violations, anti-trust violations, money laundering, insurance fraud, environmental fraud, and wire and mail fraud. He has also successfully defended against large criminal and civil forfeiture cases. Mr. Meadows has appeared in trials in numerous Federal district courts around the country including Illinois, New York, Iowa, Kansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Colorado and all districts in Texas. He has successfully tried many white collar cases to verdicts of acquittal and resolved hundreds of other cases without the necessity of trial or indictment.

Civil and Criminal Tax Litigation: Mr. Meadows has represented taxpayers in tax controversies involving corporate and individual income taxes, estate and gift taxes, excise taxes, and the proposed application of civil and criminal penalties under the Internal Revenue Code. These clients include Fortune 100 corporations, private corporations, non-profit entities, individuals, and estates and trusts. He has represented taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service, Tax Court, Bankruptcy Court, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.

In November 2015, Mr. Meadows was named to D CEO magazine’s First Edition of Dallas 500 Business Leaders featuring 500 influential leaders in North Texas. In April 2012, Mr. Meadows received the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award for his commitment to the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center fighting crimes against children through financial and volunteer support.  In May 2009, Mr. Meadows received the Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award from the American Bar Association Tax Section's Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties.  This prestigious award recognizes Mr. Meadows' "outstanding dedication, achievement and integrity in the field of Civil and Criminal Tax Controversies."

Mr. Meadows is a frequent speaker for numerous professional organizations in the legal and accounting professions. He was admitted to practice in Texas in 1972.


  • J.D., Baylor University School of Law, 1972
    • Articles Editor, Baylor Law Review
  • B.B.A., Baylor University, 1972

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1981
  • United States Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988
  • United States Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1991
  • United States Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1981
  • United States Tax Court, 1972

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
    • Member, Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties committee, Tax Section
    • Member, White Collar Crime subcommittee
    • Member, Criminal Justice subcommittee
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
    • Member
    • Chair, 2008-09 Federal Criminal Procedure committee, (Vice Chair, 2006-07)
    • Member, 2008-2009 Texas State committee (member since 2006)
    • Member, 2008-09 Task Force committee on Discovery Project Appointment
  • American College of Tax Counsel
    • Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Dallas CPA Society
  • American Cancer Society
    • Past-Chair, Dallas Unit
  • American Diabetes Association
    • Past-Chair, Dallas Unit

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in White Collar Criminal Defense Law by ALM as published in The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel & The National Law Journal, October 2013
  • Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award - Dallas Children's Advocacy Center, April 2012
  • Jules Ritholz Memorial Merit Award - American Bar Association Tax Section's Committee on Civil and Criminal Tax Penalties, May 2009
  • The International Who's Who Legal – Business Crimes, 2005 through 2008
  • Texas Super Lawyers-Criminal Defense: White Collar as listed in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine, Texas Monthly and Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2003 through 2016
  • Top 100 Texas Super Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 for the Dallas/Ft. Worth Region-Criminal Defense: White Collar as listed in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine and Texas Monthly, 2003 -2015
  • Top Tax Attorney in Texas, Texas Lawyer, 2002
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2003-2018, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Litigation and Controversy - Tax 
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2013 and 2017 Lawyer of the Year, in the practice area of Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Best Lawyers Criminal Defense, Corporate Counsel, 2001 through 2009
  • Best Business Lawyers, D Magazine, 2009: White Collar Defense and Antitrust 
  • Best Lawyers in Dallas, D Magazine, 2001, 2003 through 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2016: White Collar Defense-Antitrust 
  • Chambers and Partners, USA, "America's Leading Lawyers for Business", 2007 through 2011


  • "Government Loses Sham-Transaction Criminal Tax Case in the Virgin Islands", The American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Newsletter, Volume 17, Issue 3, Spring 2009
  • “Offshore Activities Draw Scrutiny", Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, Volume 32, Number 11, November 1, 2008
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