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San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

5 Park Plaza
Suite 1100
Irvine, CA 92614


J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 1969

B.A., Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 1966


Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,

Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Business Litigation, Appellate and Real Estate (2007-2016)

Top Lawyer in San Diego, Real Estate (San Diego Magazine, 2017)

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Commercial Litigation (2020-2024), Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law (2023-2024)


Charles V. Berwanger is a Partner and Co-Chair of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. Charles specializes in real estate, land use, environmental and business dispute resolution and litigation. His real estate expertise includes resolving real estate disputes through mediation, litigation and appeals.

A sample of the types of matters Charles handles includes:

  • Easement-related disputes including reciprocal parking easments; access easements; easement surcharge; and prescriptive easements.
  • Environmental-related disputes involving the California Environmental Quality Act; the Clean Water Act and related statutes and regulations; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and related statutes.
  • Purchase and sale agreements and disputes arising out of them.
  • Commercial leases and disputes arising out of them.
  • Land use issues at the administrative and litigation phases.
  • Coastal Act issues at the administrative and litigation phases.
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements regarding development entitlements.
  • Eminent domain matters on behalf of condemners and condemnees.
  • Homeowner association disputes.
  • Partnership disputes relating to real estate transactions.
  • Earth movement and flood litigation.

Charles' experience includes representing public agencies and property owners giving him a broad perspective and understanding of the dynamics of agencies and owners.

Charles has represented public agencies including the Cities of Signal Hill, Norwalk, San Dimas, Cerritos, Beverly Hills, and San Diego. The representations have included administrative and traditional mandamus proceedings relating to land use and related regulations; eminent domain; inverse condemnation; abatement of pornography; and permitting.

With substantial trial and appeal experience, Charles helps clients resolve their disputes with litigation as but one element to the dispute resolution process, the goal being cost effective dispute resolution.

In addition, Charles is a Deputy Special Prosecutor for the State Bar of California and has served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit from the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.


  • California Supreme Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern California Districts


  • State Bar of California - Chairperson, Litigation Section; Real Property Section, Co-Chair
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego, Chairperson
  • City Ballet of San Diego, Board Member
  • American Youth Hostels, Board Member
  • San Diego County Bar Association, Legal Ethics Committee
  • Deputy Special Prosecutor for the State Bar of California Enforcement Unit
  • San Diego River Park Foundation Board Member
  • Wallace Inn of Court, Master and Treasurer
  • Enright Inn of Court, Master
  • Ethics Committee, San Diego Bar Association, Member
  • Mount Soledad Memorial Association, Counsel
  • NCCA Small College Tennis Championship Team Member