Charles Harrison Smith

Charles Harrison Smith: Attorney with Bohm Wildish & Matsen, LLP



Charles H. Smith is a lawyer with over 30 years of experience in civil and appellate litigation. Mr. Smith has appeared in almost every courthouse in Southern California for trials, motions, pre-trial hearings, and appellate oral arguments in business, real estate, personal injury, and government entity matters. He also has considerable background in arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. In addition, Mr. Smith has been a full-time Lecturer (Business Law) at California State University, Fullerton, since 2001.


In a neighborhood dispute involving use of property which was ruled to be a nuisance, achieved significant injunctive relief for clients through mediation of most issues and then at 3-day court trial (2nd chair) of the sole remaining issue, 2017.

One of three finalists for prestigious Holmes-Cardozo Award for Distinguished Submitted Conference Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2006.

Successfully defended city and its police chief during 4-week jury trial (1st chair) in federal lawsuit stemming from the plaintiffs’ claims that they were unlawfully denied permits to carry concealed weapons, 1990.


Married with one son and two daughters; interests include family and church activities, distance running, spectator sports, and music.

Areas of Practice (4)

  • Civil Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
657-335-4146  Phone
714-384-6500  Phone
714-384-6501  Fax
Mailing Address:
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
University Attended:
Long Beach City College, A.A., in Law and Human Behavior, 1980; United States International University, B.A., 1982; Pepperdine University School of Law, LL.M., Dispute Resolution, 2006
Law School Attended:
Loyola Law School, J.D., 1985
Year of First Admission:
1989, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California; 1986, U.S. District Court, Central District of California and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1985, California

Birth Information:
Des Moines, Iowa, May 25
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Other - Wire transfers and Checks (personal and cashiers)

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