Charles O. Thompson


Charles Thompson focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling representing clients through all phases of Class Actions and Single Plaintiff cases. Charles has wide-ranging experience litigating employment-related issues for public and private companies, having handled over 1,000 employment matters for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley startups. He has tried employment, commercial, and professional liability cases to verdict and directed verdict, and has litigated and appealed cases from California State Courts to the United States Supreme Court.

Charles represents employers in wage and hour cases, as well as EEOC class actions, in state and federal courts across the United States and has broad experience appearing before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Employment Development Department, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor.

In addition to his trial and counseling work, Charles serves as a private and judicial mediator and arbitrator, and has acted as a pro-tem judge upon request of the court.

Throughout his career, Charles has been a champion for diversity and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the board of Directors for the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco. He actively supports and promotes diversity efforts and collaborates with clients on diversity issues.


  • Class Action
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Sexual harassment
  • Discrimination and wrongful termination matters
  • Sexual assault
  • Wage and hour
  • Catastrophic cases
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Recognition & Leadership

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, 2018
  • Six Sigma Greenbelt
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association, 2017-Present
    • Vice Chair, Labor and Employment Practice Group, 2018-Present
  • Member, Association of Corporate Council, 2004-Present
  • Volunteer Arbitrator, San Francisco and Marin County Courts, 2000-Present
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel, 2000-Present
    • Member, Multinational Committee, 2000-2006
    • Member, Employment Committee, 2000-Present
  • Member, Risk and Insurance Management Society, 2000-2014
  • Member, Professional Liability Underwriting Society, 2000-2012
  • Member, Defense Research Institute, 2000-2010
  • Member, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, 1995-2005
    • Member, Board of Directors, 2000-2005
  • Member, Bar Association of San Francisco, 1990-Present
    • Board Member, Justice & Diversity Center 2018-Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1989-Present
  • Member, State Bar of California, 1989-Present
    • Board Member, Labor and Employment Section, 1989-Present


  • J.D., Golden Gate University School of Law, 1988
  • B.S., University of San Francisco, 1983
  • California