The Honorable Charles S. Crandall

San Luis Obispo Superior Court, Department 12

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The Hon. Charles S. Crandall is a judge for the Superior Court of San Luis Obispo County in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Gray Davis in 2003, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Donald G. Umhofer.

Crandall earned a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1974. He then completed a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1977.

He began his legal career as an assistant U.S. Attorney. He was first assigned to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey but eventually transferred to the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of California. During his eleven-year tenure there, he specialized in the prosecution of environmental crimes.

Then, in 1989, he joined Milberg Weiss. He practiced there as an associate, eventually rising to partner. During his brief time there, he became a key member of the team tasked with representing the plaintiffs against Exxon after the oil spill along the Alaskan coast in 1989.

In 1994 Crandall left the firm in order to start his own private practice, first in San Diego and then in San Luis Obispo. He continued handling environmental cases, including an oil leak lawsuit in San Luis Obispo against Unocal.

His interests include bird watching, hiking, biking, swimming, and sailing. Casablanca and Groundhog Day are two of his favorite movies.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Crandall

Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Crandall

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