Charles P. Charlton
Attorney at Law

About Mr. Charlton

Experience and Training

Mr. Charlton has more than thirty-three years experience arbitrating, litigating, mediating and negotiating a wide variety of disputes. He has successfully litigated many catastrophic injury, wrongful death, governmental tort liability, product liability, sexual harassment and business and contract matters throughout his career. Mr. Charlton’s experience encompasses both state and federal courts and plaintiff as well as defense. Prior experience includes work as an executive in an oil company prior to becoming an attorney.

Mr. Charlton is a "five-star AV” - rated attorney in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. (AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elseview Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure standards and policies. The five-star AV rating means that the lawyer is considered by his or her peers and the judiciary to be at the highest levels of professional excellence and ethics (very high to preeminent)). Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers: View profile

Mr. Charlton maintains his high level of expertise in the areas of law encompassed within his practice by regularly attending seminars and continuing to study the legal precedents from the higher courts.

Dispute Resolution Experience

Mr. Charlton has been mediating cases since 1995. He settles over 90% of the cases he mediates. Besides being on the Federal Panel Mr. Charlton was a mediator for the Los Angeles Superior Court for a number of years. Mr. Charlton also mediates cases privately for parties unable to resolve their disputes among themselves or through the voluntary programs of the Federal and Superior Courts.

ADR Style: Mr. Charlton is a facilitative mediator. That is he will keep the parties focused on the mediation to achieve a successful outcome by presenting ideas and alternative suggestions and creative solutions to ease the mediation process. This is done through various methodologies outside the typical course of litigation and adversarial negotiation. Accordingly, he may utilize a plan such as presenting proposals that represent possible solutions to each side during confidential caucuses. He may also provide a candid assessment of the dispute where appropriate, which may include Mr. Charlton’s opinion as to the likely outcome should the matter be adjudicated.

Education

  • Western State University College of Law, J.D.
    Law Review
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), B.A.

Professional Licenses

  • State Bar of California - January 1986
  • United States District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern, 1986

Professional Associations

  • California Bar Association, 1986 to present
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, 1987 to present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, 1991 to present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1996 to present

Professional Achievements

  • AV Rated (five-star) by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elseview Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure standards and policies. An AV rating means that the lawyer is considered by his or her peers and the judiciary to be at the highest levels of professional excellence and ethics (very high to preeminent).
  • Listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers: View profile

Publications

  • Author: March 1995 Advocate, "Civil Discovery and the Privilege Against Self-Incrimination."
  • Author: "Enforcement of Mediation Settlement Agreements." (In progress)

Military Service

  • United States Army Veteran: Honorable Discharge
  • Served two tours in the Central Highlands of Vietnam from July 1968 to June 1970

Practice Areas

Statement of Practice Summary: Civil Liability, Civil Litigation (Plaintiff and Defendant), Police Excessive Force, Personal Liability, Pedestrian Injuries, Personal Injury Law, Severe Burns, Head & Spine Injury, Business, Lawsuits, Contracts, Fraud and Deceit, Wrongful Death, Uninsured Defense, Trial Practice in all State and Federal Courts.

Cities Served Throughout The State of California

Agoura, Altadena, Alhambra, Bellflower, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Calabasas, Century City, Chatsworth, Compton, Culver City, Diamond Bar, Downey, El Segundo, East Los Angeles, Eastlake, Encino, El Monte, Glendale, Glendora, Hermosa Beach, Hidden Hills, Hollywood, Huntington Park, Inglewood, La Canada, Los Padrinos, Long Beach, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Marina Del Rey, Newhall, Norwalk, Palos Verdes, Pasadena, Pomona, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, San Dimas, San Fernando, San Marino, San Pedro, Santa Clarita, Sherman Oaks, Sierra Madre, Santa Monica, South Gate, South Pasadena, Sylmar, Torrance, Universal City, Valencia, Van Nuys, West Covina, West Hollywood, Walnut, Westchester, West Hollywood, Westlake Village, Whittier, Woodland Hills.

Anaheim, Anaheim Hills, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, La Habra, La Palma, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda.

Camarillo, Moorpark, Oxnard, San Buenaventura, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, San Bernardino, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, and Upland.