Interior of the Office of Kaplan Johnson Abate & Bird LLP

Burt A. (Chuck) Stinson



Areas Of Practice

  • Appellate & Constitutional Law
  • Complex Commercial & Business Litigation
  • Class Action
  • Administrative Law
  • Managed-Care Litigation
  • Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution

Chuck’s nationwide practice focuses on appellate litigation, regulatory disputes, class and derivative actions, and complex commercial matters. He has experience representing clients in federal trial and appeals courts, as well as before federal administrative agencies and in state courts.  

Chuck began his legal career as law clerk for the Honorable John K. Bush of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Given his deep understanding of the appeals process and strong written and oral advocacy skills, Chuck is frequently retained to take over representation of high-stakes matters as they move into the appellate stage. His appellate successes span numerous substantive areas of law, including constitutional law, administrative law, intellectual property disputes, class actions, and managed-care litigation. He has represented a diverse array of business clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies in heavily regulated industries to start-up enterprises, shareholders, and corporate officers and directors.   

Before entering legal practice, Chuck served in the United States Air Force. He also spent four years with the FBI, where he was involved in a variety of criminal, counterintelligence, and cybersecurity investigations. 


  • University of Louisville School of Law, Louisville, Kentucky
    • J.D.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Brandeis Scholar
    • Honors: Ordered Liberty Fellow
  • Defense Language Institute, Monterey, California
    • A.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: Chinese-Mandarin
  • Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: English & Literature

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky


  • Law Clerk, Hon. John K. Bush, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Representative Matters

  • Won affirmance of an order awarding client a $1.3 million judgment based on the filed-rate doctrine. Granite State Ins. Co. v. Star Mine Servs., Inc., 29 F.4th 317, 320 (6th Cir. 2022).
  • Successfully argued for dismissal of a creditor’s appeal of a bankruptcy court order regarding debtor’s retention of counsel. In re Curare Lab. LLC, Case No. 22-8015 (6th Cir. BAP Oct. 14, 2023).
  • Won affirmance of an order dismissing claims by a life settlement company against a life insurer for breach of contract. GWG DLP Funding V, LLC v. PHL Variable Ins. Co., 54 F.4th 1029, 1032 (8th Cir. 2022).
  • Obtained vacatur of jury verdict awarding punitive damages in intellectual property dispute. House v. Players’ Dugout, Inc., 22-5843, 2024 WL 495998 (6th Cir. Feb. 8, 2024)
  • Won reversal of summary judgment in case involving alleged breach of annuity contract. Ross v. Venerable Ins. & Annuity Co., 675 S.W.3d 269 (Mo. Ct. App. 2023)
  • Intervened on behalf of press organizations to appeal a U.S. District Court ruling that declared newspaper exception to the Open Records Act unconstitutional under the First Amendment.
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of business tort and breach-of-contract claims against an annuity company. Montoya v. Voya Ins. & Annuity Co., 2021 WL 6424471 (W.D. Wash. Dec. 10, 2021), report and recommendation adopted, 2022 WL 102032 (W.D. Wash. Jan. 11, 2022).
  • Represented life insurance company in a nationwide class action challenging an increase in cost-of-insurance rates.
  • Represented third-party administrator of healthcare records in nationwide data breach class action.