He frequently handles appeals involving complex or novel legal questions, and his cases have addressed first-impression questions of civil procedure and statutory interpretation, including issues related to antitrust law, administrative law, physician credentialing, and anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) motions. He also handles trial court actions of an appellate nature, such as petitions for writs of administrative mandamus and bankruptcy appeals.
He has been selected ten times as a “Northern California SuperLawyer” in appellate law, and he has both a peer rating and client rating of 5 out of 5 from Martindale-Hubbell.
He also acted as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. Charles is a past member of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Appellate Courts, Committee on the Administration of Justice, and Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section’s Executive Committee.
He earned his law degree, his graduate degree in public policy, and his undergraduate degrees there.
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U.S. Court of Appeals Third, Fifth, Ninth, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits
U.S. Supreme Court
Established that a petition for writ of administrative mandate cannot generally be characterized as a SLAPP action
California Supreme Court decision that established a hearing officer in a hospital administrative proceeding lacks authority to dismiss a case on his or her own initiative
Major, multi-million dollar decision that reversed a summary judgment and created new law regarding reconsideration motions in the context of antitrust lawsuits related to unlawful tying arrangements in the hospital industry.
Important California Supreme Court ruling that established the parameters of the unfairness prong of California’s Unfair Competition Law, Business and Professions Code section 17200 et seq.
Established parameters for enforcement of a special prosecutor’s subpoena to the White House.
Convinced federal appellate court to strike down Florida regulatory statute on First Amendment grounds.
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