Hon. Charles W. Froehlich, Jr. (Ret)

Associate Justice Court of Appeal Fourth District Division One
J.D.R. Complex Litigation Panel Member Since 1995


  • Stanford University, A.B. 1951 Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of California Boalt Hall, L.L.D. 1956 Order of the Coif
  • California Law Review 1955-56 Editor in Chief


  • General practice 1956-1962
  • Tax practice 1965-1972
  • Professor of Law full time Boalt Hall 1963-1965 Taxation, Estates, Trusts
  • Professor of Law part time Cal Western, University of San Diego 1965-1972


  • Judge of the Superior Court San Diego and Vista 1972-1982
  • Justice of the Court of Appeal San Diego 1988-1995
  • Associate Justice Pro Tem Supreme Court 1988

Professional and Personal

  • California State Inheritance Appraiser 1968-1972
  • C.E.B. author and U.S.C. Tax Institute author
  • President San Diego Bar Association 1971
  • General partner of an agricultural partnership
  • Director of a publicly held bank
  • Director and officer of a mutual fund
  • Civic Youth Orchestra San Diego
  • 1st Lt.U.S. Army Korea Bronze Star Recipient
  • Married with three children

A.D.R. Experience

Complex litigation panel member since retirement: public entity: state, county, municipal, commercial contract, construction defect, toxic tort, products liability, professional liability, medical malpractice, employment-wrongful termination, probate, trusts, tax, corporate law, business disputes: dissolution, merger, consolidation, agri-business: viticulture, enology, pomology and apiculture. Justice Froehlich is well known for his attention to detail, knowledge of the law, and ability to handle in-depth, complex issues. Counsel are encouraged to consider Justice Froehlich for Mediations where uncertain and developing legal or factual issues may be present and Arbitrations where triable issues of fact and law demand an accomplished trial jurist. A very gentle style is always his standard resulting in repeat appearances from all counsel from senior corporate to sole practitioners. Justice Froehlich continually offers real-life solutions to very complex problems. Please allow substantial lead time for calendaring.