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Charla Aldous

Charla Aldous

Charla Aldous is a founder of Athea Trial Lawyers and a partner of the Dallas-based law firm of Aldous \ Walker LLP. As a trial attorney, she is nationally known for her record of success in high-profile, high-stakes civil cases. Her personal commitment to each case and meticulous detail-oriented approach have also earned her recognition among one of Texas’ most acclaimed litigators.

Over her 30+ years in practice, Charla has tried nearly 200 jury trials for both plaintiffs and defendants. A former insurance and business defense attorney who leverages an intimate familiarity with the “other side,” Charla’s role fighting for the injured and the wronged in their pursuit of justice is one driven by a deep and personal commitment.

Charla delivers personalized representation to victims and families facing some of the most difficult experiences in their lives, as well as challenging and complex claims over sexual assaultdefective and unsafe productspreventable injuries, and wrongful death. Her work includes cases against some of the largest and most powerful corporations in the country, and claims of poignant social significance which contribute to a larger conversation about civil justice, public safety, and victims’ rights.

Having earned the respect of her colleagues and local communities, Charla has been named among the nation’s most accomplished civil trial attorneys. She is one of the few women lawyers inducted into the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, comprised of the top 100 Plaintiff’s lawyers in the country. Charla has served as President and of the American Board of Trial Advocates’ Dallas Chapter.

Notable Results

  • $366 million verdict in defamation case
  • $286.6 million verdict in medical malpractice wrongful death case
  • $37.6 million verdict in a products liability trial involving defective seat belts in a minivan that left a college student quadriplegic
  • $32 million verdict for a girl who was sexually assaulted by two football players when she was 14
  • $25 million wrongful death verdict against a nightclub that overserved alcoholic beverages to a Dallas Cowboys football star, who thereafter caused a fatal collision while drunk
  • $20 million wrongful death verdict when bus driver struck one of his passengers at a rest stop


  • President of Top 25 National Women Trial Lawyers Association (2021)
  • Lawyer of the Year in Dallas/Fort Worth: Med Mal-Plaintiffs (2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs (2003 – 2022)
  • Third largest verdict in Texas (2019)
  • Fifth largest verdict in Texas (2019)
  • National Law Journal’s 2018 list of Top 100 verdicts
  • Second largest negligence verdict in Texas (2011)
  • Largest discrimination verdict in Texas (2010)
  • National Trial Lawyers,
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Texas Lawyer’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Lawdragon Leading Plaintiff Consumers Lawyers
  • Elite Lawdragon Legends List
  • Champions of Justice Award, Texas Watch
  • Super Lawyer’s Top 10 Lawyers in Texas (2012-2013, 2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year and Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year in Dallas
  • Top 10 Winning Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal (2005)
  • Top 10 Verdicts in the Nation, Lawyers Weekly USA (2000, 2004)
  • Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame
  • Louis B. Raggio Award from the Dallas Women Lawyers Association
  • Best Women Lawyers in Dallas
  • Top 50 Female Lawyers in Texas, Super Lawyers
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, Super Lawyers
  • John Howie Award, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Texas Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (2008)


  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Dallas chapter)
  • American Association for Justice
  • The Inner Circle of Advocates
  • International Society of Barristers
  • International Academy of Trial LawyersAmerican College of Trial Lawyers
Guest Appearances
March 22, 2022

Encore Presentation: EP223 – Mentorship with Charla Aldous

“What matters most to us is effecting change.” That’s the philosophy of renowned trial attorney Charla Aldous and her firm Aldous\Walker. Charla Aldous is a trailblazer who also founded Athea Trial Attorneys,...

March 16, 2022

Encore Presentation: EP212 – Framing Your Case with Charla Aldous

If it’s a cause worth fighting for, Texas trial attorney Charla Aldous is ready. Ranked as one of the top attorneys in America for over two decades, Charla’s authentic, no-nonsense strategy for...