Charles H. Horn

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in San Francisco, CA

Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP
44 Montgomery Street, Suite 3580
San Francisco, CA 94104-6702
Phone: 415-627-9000
Fax: 415-296-8799
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas: Civil Litigation: Defense (60%), Class Action/Mass Torts: Defense (10%), Health Care (10%), Schools & Education (10%), Transportation/Maritime (10%)
Attorney Profile

Charles Horn is one of the most recognized and accomplished trial lawyers in the State of California. He joins FMG from the law firm of LeClairRyan where he led a team of attorneys handling high exposure commercial and catastrophic loss litigation.

Mr. Horn’s experience and trial victories include wrongful death, products liability, premises liability, traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, complex regional pain syndrome, professional malpractice, commercial contract disputes, construction defect litigation and construction site accidents, mass torts, environmental impact, land condemnation, personal injury, vehicle accidents, insurance bad faith, insurance coverage, emotional distress, psychiatric injury, fire damage, wrongful termination, and securities fraud. Mr. Horn has also won a variety of other types of litigation including intellectual property, malicious prosecution, defamation, pollution claims, director and officers and real estate insurance claims. 

Mr. Horn has been recognized as a top rated trial attorney by Super Lawyers and also recognized repeatedly by Best Lawyers for many years.

About Charles H. Horn

Admitted: 1975, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America®, 2021 Edition in the fields of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation Defense, 2009–2018 Named a "Super Lawyer," 2004–2019


  • At 1:51 a.m. August 19, 2013 a car with five young adults drove over a private ungated railroad crossing south of Fresno, California, and was hit by a freight train.  Four died and the survivor suffered a TBI and orthopedic injuries. Three wrongful death cases went to trial in the Fresno County Superior Court on January 9, 2017, with claims that the Union Pacific Railroad was negligent regarding the signage and crossing configuration, and that the adjoining landowner “made a dangerous crossing more dangerous” by tampering with the signage at the crossing.  The plaintiffs asked the jury for $29,000,000. On February 8, 2017, the jury returned a verdict for the defense that the UP Railroad was Not Negligent (11–1), that the adjoining landowner, Zim Industries, Inc., was Not Negligent (12–0), and that the driver of the car, one of the decedents, was 100 percent at fault for the collision. Counsel for Defendant Zim Industries, Inc., included DRI member Charles H. Horn, a partner in the San Francisco office of LeClairRyan.

Industry Groups

  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Construction Site Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Vehicle Accidents
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Office Location for Charles H. Horn

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3580
San Francisco, CA 94104-6702

Last Updated: 3/1/2021

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