U.S. District Court, Eastern
District of California, Northern
District of California, Southern
District of California, 9th Circuit
Chuck is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation group and is the chair of the Labor and Employment group. Chuck actively practices and litigates on behalf of employers in labor and employment, trade secrets and employee mobiliity, and wage and hour class actions.
His employment practice includes counseling employers in all areas of employment law and representing management in the defense of wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, trade secret, and other employment disputes. He has extensive experience in trying multi-party complex misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition and corporate raiding cases.
Chuck graduated Phi Beta Kappa in English from the University of California at Irvine in 1986. He received his Masters Degree in English from the University of California, Davis in 1988 and received his law degree from the same institution in 1992. Chuck has taught legal writing on the faculty of McGeorge School of Law and previously taught composition at the University of California, Davis.
Trial defense. Notable cases.
Chuck has appeared as lead appellate counsel in numerous appeals and writs. Chuck was lead counsel in a matter where a writ of supersedes was obtained modifying the trial court’s injunctive relief order in Comerica v. Commercial Capital Bank.
Other notable appellate court decisions include:
Representative Clients (Counseling and Advice):
J.D., University of California, Davis, 1992
M.A., University of California, Davis, 1988
B.A., cum laude, University of California, Irvine, 1986
Phi Beta Kappa
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State Bar of California, Litigation Section
Sacramento County Bar Association, Appellate and Labor Employment Law Sections
Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2017- Employment & Labor
Sacramento Magazine’s Top Lawyers List, 2015-2016 – General Litigation
Best Lawyers in America ® 2008, 2009, 2012-2018
Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar, 2014-2016
Northern California Super Lawyers,
2005, 2006, 2008-2016
Top 10 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
Top 25 Sacramento Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
Top 100 Northern California Super Lawyers, 2014 and 2017