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Charles R. Haskell, Esq.




Charles R. Haskell was appointed to the CJA Panel for Indigent Defense Representation in the District of Columbia in March 2019. The CJA Panel is comprised of experienced and qualified trial attorneys who are committed to providing quality representation to indigent adults and children facing a loss of liberty in the District of Columbia.

His legal career began as a law clerk with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia in the summer of 2012. 


In 2013, as a Certified Legal Intern with the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender, he won his first jury trial as a second year law student.

During law school, Mr. Haskell procured a fellowship with the nationally recognized University of Miami School of Law Death Penalty Clinic. As a third year fellow, he assisted lead attorneys at the Office of Criminal Conflict for the Third Region of Florida in high-profile capital murder litigation.


As an Assistant Public Defender with the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office, Mr. Haskell represented thousands of indigent defendants who were facing serious criminal charges. Throughout this period, Mr. Haskell developed his aggressive litigation style by drafting and arguing creative motions and trying many cases to verdict.

In the summer of 2016, Mr. Haskell formed The Law Offices of Charles R. Haskell, P.A. to focus his practice on providing tailored criminal litigation that customizes results to individual client needs. Mr. Haskell enjoys the freedom of private practice because it affords him the ability to carefully select cases based on merit, need, and his own personal interest.


Notably in 2016, Mr. Haskell assumed the role of assistant attorney and co-counsel in a death penalty trial with esteemed lawyer, Carl Masztal. The defendant, with Mr. Haskell serving as second-chair, was acquitted of a primary aggravator in a preliminary trial, which moved the State to drop the death penalty in the subsequent murder trial. 

In 2017, Mr. Haskell was deemed qualified for placement on the Justice Administrative Commission "Wheel" to accept State appointments on misdemeanor, second-degree, and third-degree felony cases. The committee selected Mr. Haskell because of his qualifications and experience in litigating criminal cases.


Charles Haskell is originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

He was a journalist before attending law school and was employed by various news organizations including NBC Nightly News, NBC News, and the Associated Press.


Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey)

  • Bachelor of Arts (Journalism & Economics)

  • Graduated with High Academic Honors

University of Miami School of Law (Coral Gables, Florida)

  • Juris Doctor


Charles R. Haskell is admitted to practice law in the following jurisdictions.

  • District of Columbia Bar

  • The Florida State Bar

  • The Oklahoma State Bar

Mr. Haskell is additionally admitted to practice law in Federal Court in the following jurisdictions.

  • The United States District Court for the District of Columbia

  • The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Charles R. Haskell is affiliated and maintains active membership in the following organizations.

  • D.C. Superior Court Trial Lawyer's Association (SCTLA)

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)

  • American Bar Association

  • District of Columbia Bar Association

  • Oklahoma Bar Association

  • Miami-Dade Bar Association

  • Florida State Golf Association

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