Attorney Profile:

Charles J. Smith

Charles J. Smith: Attorney with Hartnett, Smith & Paetkau

Biography

Judge Pro Tem: Santa Clara County; San Mateo County. Deputy District Attorney: San Mateo County, 1978-1987; Major Crimes Unit (Homicide), 1982-1987. Legal Analyst: CNN, CBS, Larry King Live, Good Morning America.

Areas of Practice (2)

  • Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
650-249-6835  Phone
650-568-2823  Fax
www.hartnettsmith.com
University Attended:
Lehigh University, B.A., 1973
Law School Attended:
Santa Clara University, J.D., 1976
Year of First admission:
1976
Admission:
1976, California and U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Memberships:
San Mateo County and Santa Clara County Bar Associations; State Bar of California; American Board of Trial Advocates (Associate).
Birth Information:
Elgin, Illinois, October 22, 1951
ISLN:
903634074

Peer Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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Client Reviews

  • 1.8/5.0 4 reviews
  • 25% client recommended 1 recommendation
  • Communication

    2.5/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    1.5/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    1.8/5.0
  • Value for Money

    1.5/5.0
  • 3.0/5.0 on 05/07/10

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      3.0/5.0
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  • 2.0/5.0 on 06/07/11

    Chuck Smith is an excellent attorney when he wants to be. He is a very good in-trial attorney provided the investigation has been done well enough for him. Unfortunately... Read more

    Chuck Smith is an excellent attorney when he wants to be. He is a very good in-trial attorney provided the investigation has been done well enough for him. Unfortunately for me, Chuck overbooked his trial schedule with wealthier clients, misjudged the competency of the local DA, and was not properly prepared for the defense of my case. After paying him over $100,000 I had to fire him and hire a new attorney. When he can't sell the DA or the jury, he'll sell you on empty promises and bad advice.

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  • 1.3/5.0 on 04/20/12

    Chuck sold me on a resolution that he did not fully understand himself. He placed me in a vulnerable position. He took the easy way out instead of looking deeper into m... Read more

    Chuck sold me on a resolution that he did not fully understand himself. He placed me in a vulnerable position. He took the easy way out instead of looking deeper into my case.

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      1.0/5.0
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  • 1.0/5.0 on 02/04/17

    Unfortunately Charles J. Smith lost both hearings due to failure to properly analyze or defend my cases. He failed at the appellate level by insufficient and untimely fil... Read more

    Unfortunately Charles J. Smith lost both hearings due to failure to properly analyze or defend my cases. He failed at the appellate level by insufficient and untimely filing yet billed me attorney fees for the preparation of the appellate case. He refused to refund me any of he fees even though his insufficient and untimely preparation was the cause of the appelllate dismissal. He is unresponsive and an extrememly poor communicator and NEVER informed me if the outcome of my case, etc.

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