Dr. Charles I. M. Lugosi, S.J.D.
Dr. Charles I. M. Lugosi is a senior litigator who joined Crease Harman LLP in 2018. He practices constitutional law, public and administrative law, criminal law, professional disciplinary and regulatory charges, and general civil trials and appeals, including advocacy in the Supreme Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Dr. Lugosi was born in Brantford, Ontario, and attended the University of Western Ontario, where he completed two years of Social Science studies towards his Honors Bachelor of Arts degree, and was named to the Dean’s Honor List for both years. Dr. Lugosi was then admitted to law school at the University Western Ontario at the age of 20, one of the youngest in his class.
Dr. Lugosi articled in Toronto with the management labour law firm of Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie, and in Vancouver with Russell & DuMoulin, now Faskens. He established his own successful law firm in Victoria in 1984 after working with senior Crown counsel in homicide cases.
In 1988, Dr. Lugosi attended the Regent College in Vancouver to study theology as a non-degree student. In 1990, after interning in religious freedom law with the Rutherford Institute in Virginia, he founded a new law firm in Prince George, BC, where he established himself as a criminal defence lawyer, successfully defending nearly 90% of many clients charged with murder, sexual assault and other serious crimes.
Dr. Lugosi is known for his success in R. v. Feeney, in which the Supreme Court of Canada established new constitutional protection for warrantless searches. Another milestone was his work with a team of lawyers to achieve a record high infant settlement for the personal injury suffered by Ximena Renaerts, just after she was born at the Vancouver General Hospital. From 2000-2012, Dr. Lugosi resided in the United States, where he obtained three graduate degrees in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as a law professor in Florida, Michigan, and Tennessee, publishing numerous academic articles. He practiced criminal law in Michigan and led a team of lawyers and law students to free Julie Baumer, an innocent person who was wrongfully convicted of first degree child abuse.
Before returning to B.C., Dr. Lugosi established a general litigation law firm in Brantford, Ontario, where he defended the civil rights of unions, individuals accused of crimes, and single parents, to preserve their Charter rights and freedoms.
Dr. Lugosi is a legal architect, able to use creativity, vision, education and experience to understand, analyze, explain and solve complex and novel legal issues. He created the winning arguments accepted and adopted by both the United States and the Canadian Supreme Courts in several cases, a very rare accomplishment.
In his spare time, Dr. Lugosi is an avid golfer and devoted to his family. He enjoys live musical theater, singing country gospel, international travel and exploring the beaches and rainforests of Vancouver Island. He has a working knowledge of French and conversational Hungarian.
Education and Professional Qualifications
- 2013, Admitted to membership, Washington State Bar;
- 2012, Admitted to practice, United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit;
- 2010, Admitted to membership, United States Supreme Court Bar;
- 2009, Admitted to practice, United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit;
- 2009, Admitted to practice, United States District Court, Western District of Michigan;
- 2007, Admitted to practice, United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan;
- 2007, Admitted to membership, Michigan State Bar;
- 2005, Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), University of Pennsylvania;
- 2002, Master of Bioethics (M. B. E.), University of Pennsylvania;
- 2002, Clinical Internship, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania;
- 2001, Master of Law (LL.M.), University of Pennsylvania;
- 1982, Admitted to the Law Society of British Columbia;
- 1981, Barrister-at-Law, conferred upon admission to the Bar of Ontario;
- 1981, Admitted to the Law Society of Upper Canada; and
- 1979, Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of Western Ontario.
- Academic Fellowship, awarded by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, 2006;
- Potts Scholarship; and
- Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
- Active Member, Law Societies of British Columbia and Ontario;
- Active Member, State Bars of Washington and Michigan;
- Member of Planning Committee, Inns of Court, Victoria B.C. Bar Association;
- Member, Christian Legal Fellowship; and
- Director, Bear Mountain Community Association.