Stanford Law School, J.D. with Distinction
Harvard, Masters in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Duke, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
Charles H. Jung
Charles is a trial attorney who loves practicing law. His focus is both defending companies in employment/wage cases, and representing professionals, executives, and founders in high-level separations. In his employment and wage & hour defense practice, his clients have ranged from large publicly-held companies to smaller, privately-held businesses. Representing executives, founders, professionals, and others in complex cases, he has obtained tens of millions of dollars.
Charles has substantial experience in trade secrets/employee mobility litigation and in class action litigation. He is a frequent commentator in the legal press on these topics.
- Charles earned his law degree from Stanford Law School, graduating with distinction. While at Stanford, he served as an Articles Editor for the Stanford Law Review.
- He earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from Duke University with a dual degree in economics and public policy.
- Charles earned his master's degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. At Harvard, Mr. Jung was a Kennedy Fellow.
Peer Review and Awards:
- Top 100: Selected for inclusion in a list of Top 100 Lawyers in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.
- AV Preeminent®: Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent® (5.0 out of 5.0) by Martindale-Hubbell® in Litigation, Labor and Employment and Class Actions
- Super Lawyers: Selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers in 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011 by Super Lawyers® magazine.
- Rising Stars: Selected for inclusion in the list of Rising Stars in 2010 and 2009 by the same publication.
Community & Bar Service:
- Special Deputy District Attorney: served as a volunteer trial attorney
- Elections Commission: serves as an Elections Commissioner
- Board Member, BASF
- Nassiri & Jung Foundation: a donor-advised fund that provides funding to support direct legal services for low income and under-served communities
- Director (former), API Legal Outreach: served as board member to direct legal services non-profit organization, which assists low income, elderly, youth, and other under-served communities
- President, California APA Bar Association (Cal-APABA)
- Vice President for Programs and Operations, National APA Bar Association (NAPABA)
- Vice President, AABA
- Regional Governor, IAKL
- Executive Committee (former), SSF Section, California State Bar
Prior Representations: Charles has successfully represented individual clients and large corporations in class actions and other complex litigation matters. Defense results include:
- [Talent Company v. Talent Company], Central District of California (Los Angeles): in a trade secrets case, successfully excluded plaintiff's evidence supporting multi-million dollar damages claim, allowing settlement on courthouse steps for small fraction of originally claimed amount.
- [Technology Company v. Technology Company]: successfully defended trade secrets case, with plaintiff voluntarily dismissing all claims.
- [Academic Institution v. Academic Institution] : successfully defended trade secrets case, with clients paying nothing in settlement.
- [Technology Company v. Technology Company]: successfully defended trade secrets case, with plaintiff dismissing case.
Complex Business Litigation & Class Actions:
- Discover Financial Services, Inc.: after filing a motion to dismiss, obtained voluntary dismissal of representative action under Cal. Bus. & Prof. Code § 17200.
- [Putative Class v. Nationwide Retailer], Los Angeles County Superior Court, Complex Litigation Dept.: complete dismissal of consumer class action based on unfair business practices; plaintiff’s petition for review to California Supreme Court denied;
- [Putative Class v. Janitorial Services Company], San Mateo County Superior Court: dismissal of putative wage & hour class action for small individual settlement;
- [Putative Class v. Restaurant], San Bernardino County Superior Court: class settlement of putative wage & hour class action for fraction of claims;
- [Putative Class v. Retail Chain], Orange County Superior Court: dismissal of putative wage & hour class action for small individual settlement for a fraction of claims.
- [Wage Class v. Security Company], Los Angeles County Superior Court: dismissal of putative wage & hour class action for small individual settlement.
- [Wage Class v. Janitorial Services Company], San Mateo County Superior Court: dismissal of putative wage & hour class action for small individual settlement.
- [Wage Class v. Popular Restaurant], Los Angeles County Superior Court: dismissal of putative wage & hour class action for small individual settlement.
- [Wage Class v. Restaurant], San Bernardino County Superior Court: class settlement of putative wage & hour class action for fraction of claims.
Recent Media Quotes or Articles:
- Sept. 12, 2016: Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journals - Effectively Litigating Against Deep Pockets
- Jan. 4, 2016: Los Angeles & San Francisco Daily Journals - Will State Mutuality Rule Last?
- June 1, 2015: Law360 - Calif. Cos. Face More PAGA Suits as Iskanian Rule Stands
- Feb. 11, 2014: Daily Journal - 9th Circuit to Reconsider Whether Drug Lawsuit Belongs in State Court
- Oct. 29, 2013: Law360 - 9th Circ. Warns Employers Not To Overreach On Arbitration
- Aug. 16. 2013: Daily Journal - 9th Circuit Panel Possibly Poised to Further Enforce Arbitration Clauses
- Aug. 15, 2013: Law360 - Post-Brinker Plaintiffs Shift Focus To Bag-Check Policies
- Apr. 12, 2013: Law360 - KeyBank Ruling May Help Employers Force Arbitration
- Mar. 22, 2013: Law360 - Latest Concepcion Curb Tees Up Issue For Calif. High Court
- Dec. 10, 2012: Law360 - KeyBank Case Could Gut Consumer, Employee Class Claims
- Aug. 30, 2012: Law360 - Calif. Ruling Could Hinder Commissioned Workers' OT Suits
- Aug. 17, 2012: Law360 - Farmers Insurance Ruling Could Help Keep Class Actions Alive
- Aug. 17, 2012: Law360 - Employment Class Waivers May Get Calif. High Court Review
- June 6, 2012: Law360 - Calif. Ruling Shakes Up Employment Class Waiver Landscape
- Mar. 19, 2012: Law360 - Calif. Arbitration Rulings Seek To Dodge Concepcion
- Feb. 17, 2012: Law360 - Calif. Court Sets High Bar For Arbitrating Unconscionability
Attorney Consultations and Referrals: Charles is frequently asked by other attorneys to consult on their cases. And he is gratified to be trusted by other law firms to represent their clients in court. Because Charles is litigation-focused, he does not seek continuing counselling relationships with referred clients. Originating law firms maintain their relationships with their clients, while entrusting Charles to act as single-engagement conflicts counsel, local counsel, or special trial counsel.