Charles E. Noneman



A skilled employment litigator, Charlie has tried many jury and non-jury cases, arbitrations, and administrative trials. As a result of that experience, he has become a valuable and trusted advisor on employment law issues and ways to minimize the risk of employment-related claims.

Focused On Resolving Employment Disputes

Charlie defends employers and management in administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and litigation filed in state and federal court. He also represents employee benefit plans in disputes with employees and beneficiaries with an emphasis on defending collectively bargained plans against ERISA claims in federal court. 

Defending Other Discrimination Lawsuits

He also represents owners, developers, and landlords in fair housing disputes, wrongful eviction claims, and disability access lawsuits, and financial institutions in fair lending disputes.

Counsel To California Employers

He assists employers in termination counseling, drafting and reviewing personnel manuals, and in preparing employment agreements, incentive compensation plans, covenants not to compete, and severance agreements. Charlie counsels his clients on establishing and administering equal employment opportunity and anti-harassment policies including conducting anti-harassment training, investigations of alleged harassment, complying with and enforcing the Uniform Trade Secrets Act (to protect proprietary information), complying with wage and hour laws, and the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Assisting Contractors With Contractor's Licensing

Charlie also assists contractors with licensing issues under the Contractors' State License Law.


Litigation Matters

Tried to a defense verdict a case alleging lending discrimination filed by a Korean-owned company against a major California bank.

Following a trial alleging race discrimination, prevailed on appeal in an action filed by a minority construction worker against his employer following his termination for fighting with a co-worker

Obtained appellate decision enforcing arbitration agreement against out-of-state employee resulting in the transfer of the case to Texas for arbitration before the American Arbitration Association.

Defended a property management company and homeowners association in a unique federal court disability access case in which the plaintiff/homeowner asserted the right to a dedicated common area parking space.

Defended to successful resolution a fair housing case alleging familial status discrimination involving the largest apartment project in San Francisco, and conducted fair housing training in connection therewith

Prevailed on summary judgment for the employer on the first WARN Act case filed in the Central District of California.

In a wrongful termination case, developed critical evidence through discovery demonstrating that an e-mail submitted by the plaintiff was a fake, which caused the plaintiff and her counsel to walk away from the case for a minimal settlement.

Transactional Matters

Assisted numerous sellers and buyers of businesses involving 100-plus employees in complying with the WARN Act (and California's mini-WARN Act).

Conducted numerous sexual harassment investigations on behalf of employers accused of workplace harassment.

Represented a major pension fund with respect to employment issues arising out of fund's $800 million investment in the acquisition of a portfolio of properties and property development and management personnel, including drafting of employment agreements and covenants not to compete.

Publications &
Speaking Engagements

Recent Publications

Awards &

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1978
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1975, magna cum laude