Willson, Charles

Charles Willson
Office Location: 
Hartford Office

Charles "Chuck" Willson has been an Assistant Federal Defender since 2015. A member of the bar since 1997, Chuck has represented indigent clients for nearly two decades. Prior to joining the Federal Defender Office Chuck served as a member of the CJA Panels for both the District of Connecticut and the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for more than ten years. Chuck has counseled clients during all phases of their encounters with the criminal justice system, including responding to target letters, negotiating resolutions to avoid indictments, engaging in motion practice, representing clients at trials, appearing before the Court of Appeals, seeking relief from the U.S. Supreme Court, and pursuing habeas claims. Since coming to the Federal Defender Office, Chuck has made a number of continuing legal education presentations to members of the CJA Panel in the District. While in private practice, Chuck also represented indigent clients in state court proceedings and appeals. In addition he practiced in areas of law outside the criminal courts, including serving as a guardian ad litem in the family courts and as an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Chuck's experience includes arguing before the Connecticut State Appellate Court and Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Chuck received his J.D. from Boston College Law School, where he was a Managing Editor of the Boston College Law Review. After graduation, he spent one year as a judicial clerk to the Honorable John T. Broderick, Jr., who was then an associate justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Chuck received his BA in Politics from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.