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Charles Bendes
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Charlie is an experienced trial and transactional attorney practicing law in Oakland, California since 1977 in the areas of business, real estate, commercial leasing, construction matters, corporate and partnership law, and complex civil litigation. Charlie is a member emeritus of the Earl Warren American Inn of Court and is a Past President of the Alameda County Bar Association. He has been a panelist and lecturer for numerous continuing legal education programs, including "Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination in California" (Lorman Education Services), "Recent Developments in Torts" (California Continuing Education of the Bar), "Landlord - Tenant Law (Commercial Leases)" (Sterling Educational Services), and "Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions" (Sterling Educational Services), and has been an instructor at law at John F. Kennedy University School of Law.  He has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, publishers of The Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and he is recognized as a Northern California SuperLawyer from 2012-2017 in the practice area of Business Litigation. Charlie is also the 1961 recipient of the Camp Squamasee Canoeing Trophy (Junior Division) and he has been recognized as a Northern California SuperLawyer every year from 2012 on in the practice area of Business Litigation.”

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law

  • Real Estate

  • Commercial Leases

  • Construction Matters

  • Corporate and Partnership Law

  • Limited Liability Companies

  • Shareholder and Partner Disputes

  • Complex Civil Litigation, Trials and Arbitration


Bar Admissions

  • California, 1976

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1977

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1976

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

  • U.S. District Court Central District of California



  • Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, California

    • Juris Doctor, summa cum laude - 1976

  • Antioch College

    • Bachelor of Arts, 1973

Representative Cases

  • Roffinella v. Sherinian, 179 Cal. App. 3d 230 (1986)

  • Lionel v. Lozier Store Fixtures, Inc., 29 B.R. 296 (Bkrpc. SDNY 1983)

  • Cabral-Avila v. Immigration & Naturalization Service, 589 F.2d 957 (9th Cir. 1978)



  • Conducting an Effective Cross-Examination in California, Lorman Education Services

  • Recent Developments in Torts, California Continuing Education of the Bar

  • Landlord - Tenant Law (Commercial Leases), Sterling Educational Services

  • Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, Sterling Educational Services

  • John F. Kennedy University School of Law, Instructor


Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell

  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer in the practice area of Business Litigation

  • Awarded Juris Doctor Summa Cum Laude (with Highest Honors) Santa Clara University School of Law, 1976


Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Trial Practice, Business Law and Real Estate Law Sections

  • Alameda County Bar Association President 2009, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2010

  • Alameda County Bar Association, Chair, Community Services Committee, 1993

  • State Bar of California, Sections on Business Law and Real Estate

  • Earl Warren American Inn of Court, Emeritus Member

  • Alameda County Bar Foundation , Member, Board of Directors, 1997 - 1999

  • Alameda County Bar Foundation, President, 1998

  • Bay Area Legal Aid , Board of Directors, 2000 - 2004

  • Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation , Board of Directors, 2001 - 2006

  • San Francisco Neighborhood Legal Assistance Foundation , VISTA Attorney, 1976 - 1977

Charlie in 1961 in canoe
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