Charles W. B. Fels
One of the founding partners of the firm, Charles Fels is currently of counsel with Ritchie, Dillard, Davies & Johnson. He graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia with a Master of Divinity degree in 2005, and is an Episcopalian priest at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Mr. Fels was educated at Stanford University, where he received his undergraduate degree. He then earned his masters and law degrees from Vanderbilt University. Mr. Fels has practiced law for twenty-five years and was a partner at Ritchie, Fels & Dillard, P.C. since its inception. He has both state and federal prosecutorial experience, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Knoxville and as an Assistant United States Attorney in Knoxville and Nashville.
Mr. Fels has participated as a Court TV commentator and taught as a visiting lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation training center in Quantico, Virginia. He has achieved the highest rating awarded by the Martindale Hubbell Law Directory (AV) and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, The National Directory of Criminal Lawyers, and Who's Who in American Law.
Mr. Fels served in the Peace Corps in Tanzania, East Africa and was employed by a major law firm in Queensland, Australia for two years. Mr. Fels has represented both individual and corporate clients in a broad range of criminal investigations and prosecutions. He has represented executives of Fortune 500 companies and foreign corporations in complex white collar criminal investigations and prosecutions. He has successfully represented the personal interests of doctors, lawyers and businessmen in civil disputes.
For over a decade, Mr. Fels served as a faculty member at the National College of Criminal Defense. He served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), a group of 28,000 specialists in criminal defense drawn from all over the United States. He has taught other lawyers at continuing legal education seminars in nineteen states and one foreign country.