Charles D. Stark

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Santa Rosa, CA

Law and Mediation Offices of Charles D. Stark
1550 Airport Blvd, Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
Phone: 707-527-9900
Fax: 707-527-7490
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (60%), Family Law (40%)
Attorney Profile

The Law Practice of Charles D. Stark focuses on listening to clients so they know they are heard and so their underlying needs and interests can be addressed and their situation realistically visualized. With over 40 years of experience working with income and property arrangements in often very emotional settings, Mr. Stark's focus on the client has yielded excellent results. The law is so often the elephant in the room, and while it must be explained, clients deserve the courage of other options. Mr. Stark has extensive skill sets in negotiation, mediation and multidisciplinary collaborative practice as well as litigation. His experience has unusual breadth and depth. His practice now concentrates on the areas of family law and estate planning and estate and trust administration.

About Charles D. Stark

Admitted: 1976, New Jersey

Professional Webpage:


  • Twice designated by Presiding Judge as distinguished Settlement Panelist, Sonoma County Superior Court.              Invested Knight Commander Court of Honor of Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.      Legion of Honor, Order of DeMolay.

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Conducted Family law workshops for indigent families, and represented numerous families through Legal Aid programs.President and Outstanding District Club of the Year, Santa Rosa West Roatary Club.Rotary District Officer for over 11 years, including Polio Eradication Campaign Coordinator.President, Fountaingrove Ranch Master Association.Internaational President, Active 20 30 International.Director, World Council of Young Men's Service Clubs. Ordained Deacon and  Ruling Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Santa Rosa.


  • Served as principal attorney for several large real estate and business sales transactions, as well as commercial leases up to 55 years.


  • Personal Injury Settlements $250,000 to $750,000. Several civil jury trials, and numerous court trials in family and probate courts in California.   Estate property divisions and settlements from modest to $20,000,000.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Sonomca County Bar Association (Family Law, Trust and Estates, and ADR Sections).Former Director, Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire, and member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  Member, Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council, and NAEPC.Former Small Claims Judge Pro-tem, Civil and Family Settlemet panels, and Discovery Referee.  Arbitrator for Sonoma County Bar Association Attorney=Client Fee Disputes.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Lieutenant Colonel, Infanctry, USA, Ret.
  • Interned in litigation involving Abraham Lincoln's Trust, and final heirship.
  • Conducted over 25 felony criminal jury trials and presented over 1,000 felony cases to the Grand jury in New jersey as Assistant Prosecutor and Special Deputy Attorney General in Trenton, New Jersey. Supervised major bribery and corruption in government investigation as legal intern for the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation.

Educational Background

  • Bucknell University;   Santa Barbara City College, AA;    Pennsylvania State University, BA.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Drafted the Majority Report of the New Jersery Criminal Evidence Rules Committee on the admissibility of Polygraph evidence, presented to and adoptted at Statewide Judicial Conference.
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Office Location for Charles D. Stark

1550 Airport Blvd
Suite 201
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Last Updated: 9/17/2020

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