Charlie is a native of Charleston. Upon graduation from Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School, he worked as a Clerk for the Honorable James M. Sprouse of the US Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. Following his clerkship, Charlie practiced law in New York City for several years and then returned home, where he practiced law for the next 35 years with Jackson Kelly PLLC and focused his practice on commercial real estate development, mergers and acquisitions, financings, and economic development projects. Charlie served as an at-large representative on the Charleston City Council for 12 years until 2007, and has served on a number of community boards and committees, including The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Sunrise Museum, the Charleston Area Alliance, the Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, the Charleston Area Medical Center Foundation, the West Virginia State Bar, and Temple Israel. He enjoys gardening, reading, travel and hiking. Charlie and his wife, Sandy Murphy, have two children, Anne and Will, and one grand-dog.