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Charles F. Schexnaildre

Of Counsel

Charles Schexnaildre is of counsel in Baker Donelson's Baton Rouge office and a member of the Disaster Recovery and Government Services Team.

Professional Biography

Mr. Schexnaildre has nearly two decades of experience working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). His in-depth knowledge of FEMA's grant programs positions him as a trusted counselor to clients seeking disaster preparedness and recovery assistance.

Mr. Schexnaildre has more than 19 years of litigation experience, with a focus on arbitrations. He has arbitrated more than 100 cases before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA). Clients rely on Mr. Schexnaildre's distinctive industry knowledge and experience to help them navigate the complicated regulations relating to federal disaster and mitigation management.

  • FEMA Office of Chief Counsel Legal Excellence Award (2016, 2019, 2023)
  • FEMA Office of Chief Counsel Teamwork and Collaboration Award (2017, 2018)
  • Department of Homeland Security Office of Chief Counsel Legal Excellence Award (2013)
  • Panelist – "Procurement and Grant Fraud Symposium," Department of Homeland Security (April 2024)
  • "Introduction to Public Assistance Arbitrations before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals," Federal Emergency Management Agency (December 2022, November 2023)
  • Co-presenter – "Duplication of Benefits in FEMA Public Assistance Grants," Federal Emergency Management Agency (July 2020)
  • "Public Assistance Right of Arbitration under the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018," Federal Emergency Management Agency (November 2019)
  • Co-presenter – "Grants Management Overview," Federal Emergency Management Agency (April 2018)


  • Southern University Law Center, J.D., 2004, cum laude
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 2001


  • Louisiana, 2004

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