The Honorable Charles S. Treat

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 12

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Biography

The Hon. Charles S. Treat is a judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him to the bench in October 2005. Treat was automatically re-elected in 2014 after running unopposed.

Judge Treat earned his B.A. in political philosophy from Michigan State University in 1977. He later received his J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1980, graduating with honors.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana. Then from 1982 to 1983, he clerked for United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan. In 1988 Treat became a civil litigation partner at the firm Latham & Watkins.

Treat worked on two noteworthy cases while practicing at Latham & Watkins. The first is a 12-year contract arbitration battle, which resulted with an en banc Ninth Circuit decision and the recovery of a 9-figure amount on behalf of his client. The other case was a successful settlement in a suit against a Central Valley municipality in which Treat's efforts managed to save the building permits of low-income farmworkers.

Judge Treat and his wife live in Lafayette, California. He has two sons.

He is registered as a Democrat.

Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Treat

  • GRANITE STATE INS. VS. LLANO GRANDE LANDSCAPING

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR ENTRY OF JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO WRITTEN STIP. FILED BY GRANITE STATE INSURANCE COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * The unopposed motion for entry of judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 664.6 is granted. Judgment will be entered in the amount of $29,285.57 including costs.

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  • BROWN CONSTRUCTION VS. DORE

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL FILED BY PHILLIP ANDREW DORE * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear in person for an in camera hearing as to grounds for withdrawal. Mr. Dore is invited to attend and participate if he chooses. In any event he is reminded of the March 2 Case Management Conferenc...

  • BILTON VS. HAFIZ

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL FILED BY ASHRAFUN NISHA HAFIZ * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear in person for an in camera hearing as to grounds for withdrawal. Mr. Hafiz is invited to attend and participate if he chooses.

    ...

  • COOLEY VS. CITY OF RICHMOND

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR ORDER COMPELLING RESPONSES TO DISCOVERY FILED BY TERESA COOLEY * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion to compel discovery responses is granted. Defendant must serve responses to defendant’s second set of form interrogatories (served on or about September 24, 2019), without objections and wi...

  • SHORELINE BUILDERS VS. SCM CONSTRUCTION

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 1st Amended COMPLAINT FILED BY DAHLIN GROUP, INC. * TENTATIVE RULING: * The hearing on the demurrer by Defendant Dahlin Group, Inc. is continued to 9:00 a.m. on February 28, 2020, so it can be heard concurrently with the demurrer by Defendant Shapell Deer Creek, LLC scheduled for tha...

  • CREDITORS ADJUSTMENT VS. RUDE

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT AND DEFAULT JUDGMENT FILED BY ERIC RUDE * TENTATIVE RULING: * Defendant’s motion for relief from default and judgment is granted, conditioned on payment from defendant’s counsel to plaintiff’s counsel of $600 within 30 days hereof. Defendant’s answer must be filed and...

  • COOLEY VS. CITY OF RICHMOND

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR ORDER DEEMING MATTERS ADMITTED FILED BY TERESA COOLEY * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion to deem matters admitted is granted. The matters requested in the Plaintiff’s First Set of Requests for Admissions (served on or about September 24, 2019) are deemed admitted. Plaintiff’s counsel mu...

  • DCFS TRUST VS. DOMINGO

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT & DEFAULT JUDGMENT FILED BY BERNITTA M. DOMINGO * TENTATIVE RULING: * Defendant’s motion for relief from default and judgment is denied. In the first place, the motion has not been served on current counsel for plaintiff at the correct address. Service aside, the moti...

  • YARON VS PARK

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    JURY TRIAL - LONG CAUSE / 10 DAY(S) * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear for trial. See the Department’s website for details. Counsel should also be prepared to discuss whether further ADR might be fruitful in light of the recent summary judgment ruling.

    ...

  • COLVIS VS. GARAVENTA

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO VACATE DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE FILED BY JOSEPH L. GARAVENTA * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion of plaintiff Joseph Garaventa (joined by Linda Garaventa Colvis) to vacate the dismissal of this entire case is granted. To call a spade a spade, this is a blatant attempt by defendants’ co...

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Recent Rulings by Hon. Charles S. Treat

  • GRANITE STATE INS. VS. LLANO GRANDE LANDSCAPING

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR ENTRY OF JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO WRITTEN STIP. FILED BY GRANITE STATE INSURANCE COMPANY * TENTATIVE RULING: * The unopposed motion for entry of judgment pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 664.6 is granted. Judgment will be entered in the amount of $29,285.57 including costs.

    ...

  • BROWN CONSTRUCTION VS. DORE

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL FILED BY PHILLIP ANDREW DORE * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear in person for an in camera hearing as to grounds for withdrawal. Mr. Dore is invited to attend and participate if he chooses. In any event he is reminded of the March 2 Case Management Conferenc...

  • BILTON VS. HAFIZ

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO BE RELIEVED AS COUNSEL FILED BY ASHRAFUN NISHA HAFIZ * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear in person for an in camera hearing as to grounds for withdrawal. Mr. Hafiz is invited to attend and participate if he chooses.

    ...

  • COOLEY VS. CITY OF RICHMOND

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR ORDER COMPELLING RESPONSES TO DISCOVERY FILED BY TERESA COOLEY * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion to compel discovery responses is granted. Defendant must serve responses to defendant’s second set of form interrogatories (served on or about September 24, 2019), without objections and wi...

  • SHORELINE BUILDERS VS. SCM CONSTRUCTION

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON DEMURRER TO 1st Amended COMPLAINT FILED BY DAHLIN GROUP, INC. * TENTATIVE RULING: * The hearing on the demurrer by Defendant Dahlin Group, Inc. is continued to 9:00 a.m. on February 28, 2020, so it can be heard concurrently with the demurrer by Defendant Shapell Deer Creek, LLC scheduled for tha...

  • CREDITORS ADJUSTMENT VS. RUDE

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT AND DEFAULT JUDGMENT FILED BY ERIC RUDE * TENTATIVE RULING: * Defendant’s motion for relief from default and judgment is granted, conditioned on payment from defendant’s counsel to plaintiff’s counsel of $600 within 30 days hereof. Defendant’s answer must be filed and...

  • COOLEY VS. CITY OF RICHMOND

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION FOR ORDER DEEMING MATTERS ADMITTED FILED BY TERESA COOLEY * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion to deem matters admitted is granted. The matters requested in the Plaintiff’s First Set of Requests for Admissions (served on or about September 24, 2019) are deemed admitted. Plaintiff’s counsel mu...

  • DCFS TRUST VS. DOMINGO

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO SET ASIDE DEFAULT & DEFAULT JUDGMENT FILED BY BERNITTA M. DOMINGO * TENTATIVE RULING: * Defendant’s motion for relief from default and judgment is denied. In the first place, the motion has not been served on current counsel for plaintiff at the correct address. Service aside, the moti...

  • YARON VS PARK

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    JURY TRIAL - LONG CAUSE / 10 DAY(S) * TENTATIVE RULING: * Counsel to appear for trial. See the Department’s website for details. Counsel should also be prepared to discuss whether further ADR might be fruitful in light of the recent summary judgment ruling.

    ...

  • COLVIS VS. GARAVENTA

    Feb 14, 2020 |  Judge Charles S. Treat |  Contra Costa County, CA

    HEARING ON MOTION TO VACATE DISMISSAL WITHOUT PREJUDICE FILED BY JOSEPH L. GARAVENTA * TENTATIVE RULING: * The motion of plaintiff Joseph Garaventa (joined by Linda Garaventa Colvis) to vacate the dismissal of this entire case is granted. To call a spade a spade, this is a blatant attempt by defendants’ co...

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