- Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member, Labor & Employment Section
- Sacramento County Bar Association, Member, Civil Litigation, Labor and Employment, and Construction Sections
Practice Area(s): Business and Commercial Litigation, Construction, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation, Labor and Employment
Charles Hellstrom represents businesses in civil litigation matters including, insurance coverage, labor and employment, business and commercial litigation, and construction disputes.
Charles’ experience with labor and employment matters includes litigating claims under the California Labor Code and Unemployment Insurance Code in both civil litigation and administrative hearings, as well as misclassification, discrimination, and wrongful termination claims. He has also represented businesses in connection with employee misconduct, misappropriation, and embezzlement. He also has experience assisting businesses in revising employee handbooks and separation agreements to prevent future litigation.
Charles’ experience with construction matters includes litigating defect claims on behalf of both owners and contractors in both civil litigation and arbitration, including related coverage issues on behalf of policyholders. His experience with real estate matters includes representing both buyers and sellers in real estate disputes, including demands for performance involving environmental and regulatory issues. He also has experience litigating real estate equity disputes involving fraud and breaches of fiduciary duties.
Prior to joining Murphy Austin, Charles was a litigation attorney with the law firm of Willoughby, Stuart, Bening & Cook, one of the first specialty insurance coverage and bad faith practices in Northern California, where his practice focused on insurance coverage, business litigation, labor and employment, real estate, and construction matters.
Charles earned his J.D. from University of California, Davis School of Law and his B.A. in Psychology from University of California, Santa Cruz.
University of California, Davis School of Law
Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy; Business Law Journal
University of California, Santa Cruz
B.A., Psychology, 2010
Honors: Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s Honors, Golden Key International Honour Society, Psi Chi Honor Society