Law Offices of Charles R. Perry

Law Offices of Charles R. Perry

Specializing in dispute resolution for both businesses and individuals, in a wide range of contract, tort, labor, trust, and probate matters.

Firm Overview

The Law Offices of Charles R. Perry specializes in litigation, arbitration, and dispute resolution for both businesses and individuals. Our business practice focuses on contract and collections disputes, intellectual property infringement and misappropriation claims, disputes between shareholders and partners, labor claims, unfair competition matters, claims involving real estate, securities claims, and general business torts. Our practice also emphasizes probate and trust matters, the prosecution and defense of financial elder abuse claims (not physical injury), and claims involving real estate and other investments. We also have a growing consumer and employee-protection practice.

The goal in all cases is to ensure that our clients fully understand their options, so that they can make decisions best suited to the situation. We believe that strong, methodical preparation for trial is the most likely path to a favorable and rapid settlement. We pride ourselves on our accessibility and client service, our cost-effectiveness, and the quality of our work and the results we obtain.

Please feel to call us at (415) 800-3937 or write to us at if you have any questions or if you believe we can be of service.

Main Office

Law Offices of Charles R. Perry
100 Pine Street
Suite 1250
San Francisco CA 94111


(415) 800-3937


(415) 869-2822


Free Initial Consultation?

First 30 minutes

Hourly Rates


Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Office Manager

Michael A. Gabel

Emergency After Hours


Languages Spoken

English, French


We can help you with your probate or trust matters, and ensure that everyone is treated fairly, at a fair and reasonable cost. We also know that each situation is unique, and will work to tailor a strategy that tries to achieve the result you desire.

You need representation after a loved one has passed away. Perhaps creditors need to be paid, or assets need to be gathered and distributed. Perhaps you need to go through the court proceeding known as probate. Maybe a trust exists but it is unclear, or there is a question about the validity of a will. Perhaps there is a business that is still operating, or real estate that needs to be rented. Even worse, the beneficiaries are disputing their respective rights to the estate. You may even to fight for your share of the estae.

We can help you navigate the process, makes sure the estate is properly handled, and ensure that everyone is treated fairly. We can also do so at a fair price.

We help both heirs and executors of estates with a variety of issues in probate, including;

Challenges to a will, or the interpretation of the will

Ensuring estate assets are collected, managed, and distributed

Processing the necessary papers through the courts

Preparing or challenging inventories and accountings

Ensuring proper management and distributions of estate assets

Managing claims against third parties, whether the estate is the plaintiff or the defendant

We also believe our cost structure is reasonable. In some cases, we can handle routine probate matters for an amount below the statutory fee schedule.

We look forward to helping you effectively handle your trust or probate matter. Please call us at (415) 800-3937 or send us an email at to learn how we can make a difference.

How frequently does your firm use mediation, arbitration, or collaborative law to resolve cases?

Mediation allows communication through a neutral third-party that both sides have learned to trust to treat them fairly, and to help them find a solution. We use mediation frequently, particularly when it is likely that the parties to the dispute will have an ongoing relationship. We have found it to be a successful tool in resolving cases after a basic exchange of information. It also can be quite useful to resolve intra-family disputes, as occurs in probate litigation.

We use arbitration less frequently. Arbitration is essentially a private judicial system, but with a decision-maker who is paid hourly. We have not found arbitration to systematically be more satisfactory than the courts, but each case must be decided on its merits. Arbitration is useful when the arbitrator can lend his or expertise in a dispute, and the finer details of the law or less important.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

Clients can and should educate themselves on legal issues. This can help them make the best decisions about their situations, and ensure that they are spending their dollars on legal service wisely.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

A key strength is our experience. Mr. Perry has been licensed for over 30 years, and his entire practice is devoted to dispute resolution. We always prepare for trial, but know the large majority of civil cases settle. Good trial preparation also leads to good settlements, and therefore becomes the foundation of case strategy. We keep an eye out for settlement opportunities, and for creative settlement possibilities.

Our style is casual, in that we often answer our own phones and we don't wear suits and ties. We work hard to communicate clearly, breaking down legal terms into language our clients can understand. At the same time, we work hard to maintain a high degree of professionalism.

What are your policies about dividing work within the firm to make the process most cost-effective for the client?

We have two non-attorney staff who are trained in various tasks. Work is assigned to them whenever possible. If clients have time to devote to case preparation, we will involve the clients in that work.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I first became interested in probate and trust work when I helped handle my grandmother's estate many years ago. I was drawn to litigation as a natural extension of my work in speech and date in college, and my first job in a law firm. My first two positions as a lawyer were in litigation, and I worked largely as a "rover," moving from field to field. This helped develop a deep understanding of many factions of commercial and business law.

Charles R. Perry

Law Offices of Charles R. Perry

Mr. Perry has been licensed for over 30 years, and specializes in estate and business litigation matters. His estate practice includes both estate administration and litigation, and includes the prosecution and defense of claims for financial elder abuse. His business litigation practice spans the range of possible cases, including breach of contract, employment matters, business torts, and unlawful competition claims.


Bar Number: 124828
California, 1986


University of California, Berkeley
J.D., 1986

University of California, Berkeley
A.B. Mathematics, 1983

Charles R. Perry

Law Offices of Charles R. Perry

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