Charles J. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Redwood City, CA

Chuck Smith, Attorney at Law
 | 777 Marshall Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
Phone: 866-410-0465
Fax: 650-568-2823
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (50%),
  • Criminal Defense (50%)
    Attorney Profile

    The Law Offices of Charles J. Smith III is a Redwood City, California, based law firm founded by Charles J. Smith. Mr. Smith handles civil litigation matters in the areas of business, employment, probate, real estate and trust litigation. He also practices criminal defense law and has experience litigating misdemeanors and felonies such as assault, DUI, drug crimes, homicide, insurance fraud and white collar crimes.

    Mr. Smith serves clients in Redwood City, Peninsula and throughout the Silicon Valley, including San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. He has been licensed to practice law since 1976 and is admitted before all California state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

    Dedicated to serving his clients, Mr. Smith has recovered substantial sums in verdicts and settlements over the course of his career. He achieved the highest rating of AV Preeminent* from the peer review organization Martindale-Hubbell. He has provided legal commentary on many local and national media outlets, and he was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates in 1992.

    Mr. Smith enjoys being involved in his community. He serves as a volunteer coach and teacher at the local high school and lectures to legal organizations on various topics. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the San Mateo County Bar Association.

    After graduating from Santa Clara University School of Law, Mr. Smith began working for the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. He went on to practice insurance defense with a private firm before founding his solo practice in 1991.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 50%General Litigation
    • 50%Criminal Defense
    Focus Areas

    Litigation, Assault & Battery, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Felony, Misdemeanor


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    Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2007

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    About Charles Smith

    Admitted: 1976, California

    Professional Webpage:


    • AV-Preeminent, Peer-Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • San Mateo County, Judge Pro Tem
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1976
    • American Board of Trial Advocates (Association), 1992
    • Santa Clara County, Judge Pro Tem
    • California, 1976
    • Santa Clara County Bar Association
    • San Francisco Bay Area Trial Attorneys
    • San Mateo County Bar Association
    • San Mateo Trial Lawyers

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Statewide Mock Trial Program, Local High School Community, Volunteer Coach
    • Statewide Mock Trial Program, Local High School Community, Volunteer Teacher


    • Moncayo v. Holiday Inn, San Mateo County, CIV478734; June 2010, defense of wage and hour claims, discrimination in workplace claims; defense verdict
    • People v. Marcos H. – Santa Clara County, Judge JoAnne McCracken; October 2016; hung 9-3 for acquittal in child pornography charges; case dismissed
    • Specialized v. Volagi, Santa Clara County 1-10-CV185692; Jan. 2012; breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, defense, recovery of client’s attorney’s fees
    • Stevens v. Davis; San Mateo Superior Case #CIV524878; June 2015; Hon. Richard DuBois; defense decision in a wrongful termination claim by an African-American caregiver against the family that employed her
    • Balce v. Lucky Chances, Inc. USDC, Northern District; 07-01090 Hon. Jeffrey White; Feb 2008, defense of wage and hour claims; defense verdict
    • DFEH v. Fortune Players Group, San Mateo County, Judge Elizabeth Lee; Sept. 2015 defense of wrongful failure to promote based on gender/ethnic origin; $200,000 settlement demand; $35,000 verdict
    • People v. Sam K. – Santa Clara County, Judge Shelyna Brown – April 2017 – acquittal of 7 counts of lewd conduct with a child
    • Arturo Salume v. Myrta Salume, San Mateo County; June 2014; defense of breach of contract claims; defense verdict
    • People v. D.B.; Santa Clara County Superior Court, Palo Alto Division, April 2014, the acquittal of a Seattle Seahawks wide receiver charged with unlawful battery
    • Dennis Carroll v. Lorraine Andel, San Mateo County CIV418215; July 2003, defense of wrongful death claim; defense verdict
    • Lopez et. al. v. Lucky Chances, San Mateo County; Hon. Joseph Bergeron; April 2015: defense of a $5million class action tip-pooling wage and hour claim
    • People v. Wayne Bair – San Mateo County, Judge Lisa Novak; Nov./Dec. 2016 – acquittal of 1st Degree Murder charges – first outright acquittal in a 1st Degree Murder charge in San Mateo County since mid-90’s
    • Lawrence/Culver v. Hartnell Community College, Monterey County, M88730, July 2009, successful defense of a $2 million wrongful termination claim by two executive assistants. Defense verdict on all claims
    • Mary Lucas v. Recommind, San Francisco County; CGC 10-497516; July 2012; defense of wrongful termination; wage and hour; defense verdict
    • Randall v. Campbell; Santa Clara County; CV804209; Jan. 2003 defense of breach of contract and fraud claims; defense verdict

    Educational Background:

    • Lehigh University, B.A., Major: History, Honors: cum laude, 1973
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    Office Location for Charles J. Smith

    777 Marshall Street
    Redwood City, CA 94063

    Phone: 866-410-0465

    Fax: 650-568-2823

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    Last Updated: 11/29/2018

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