Charles A. Young

Top rated Family Law attorney in San Francisco, California

Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP
Charles A. Young
Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP

Practice Areas: Family Law; view more

Licensed in California since: 2013

Education: University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023

Cardwell Steigerwald Young LLP

140 Geary St
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108 Visit website


Charlie has extensive litigation experience, having litigated more than 100 contested hearings and various jury trials. Although Charlie practices all areas of family law, his practice now focuses on high-asset dissolutions, including those which may require collaboration with business counsel, estate planning counsel, and/or criminal counsel. Charlie practices in all Bay Area Counties, including but not limited to San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, and Alameda County. 

Charlie believes that no two family law cases are alike and that each case requires a clear understanding of his client’s needs and ultimate goals in order to achieve the best outcome, whatever that may look like for a particular client. For many clients, this may include proactive measures such as prenuptial agreements or advice and counsel regarding the implications of marriage in California. For others it may include drafting postnuptial agreements or transmutation agreements. Charlie encourages clients not to view these measures as an indication that a divorce may occur in the future, but rather as a way to provide certainty and to maintain harmony in the unlikely event those documents become needed.

Charlie also provides advice and counsel for clients who are considering ending their marriage, as well as for clients who wish to engage in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), such as mediation and/or co-parent counseling. Charlie recognizes that these informal approaches may not be right for all cases, but he believes that mediation can be a faster and more affordable approach for many clients who wish to remain amicable with their spouse, even amid a divorce or custody matter.

Where informal settlement or ADR is not appropriate, Charlie is well-prepared to engage in complex litigation, including representing high-asset clients in matters related to business valuations and division, calculating and dividing equity compensation, and forensic accounting and financial tracing. Charlie also represents clients facing contentious custody matters, including domestic and international relocation cases. Charlie is experienced in complex domestic violence cases, including those which require forensic evidence and the use of leading national experts.

When Charlie is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, including his partner and their two dogs, Wellington and Bailey. Charlie is an avid traveler and lover of the arts, and he enjoys exploring new destinations and trying new cuisines.

Practice areas

Family Law

Focus areas

Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Marital Property, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements, Same Sex Family Law

  • 100% Family Law

First Admitted: 2013, California

Professional Webpage:

  • 2020-2021 Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine
  • Witkin Award for Academic Excellence, Constitutional Law
Educational Background:
  • University of Pittsburgh, B.A., Public Policy & Hispanic Languages and Literature, 2009
  • University of Salzburg, 2011, Human Rights Seminar with Justice Anthony Kennedy (Ret.)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District
  • State Bar of California

Office location for Charles A. Young

140 Geary St
7th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415-259-5889


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023

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