Lawyers

San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101


Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


Orange County
2211 Michelson Drive
Suite 400
Irvine, CA 92612


Education

J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 1969

B.A., Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 1966

Honors

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,
Martindale-Hubbell

Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Business Litigation, Appellate and Real Estate (2007-2016)

Top Lawyer in San Diego, Real Estate (San Diego Magazine, 2017)

Charles V. Berwanger is a partner and co-chair of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Berwanger specializes in real estate, land use, environmental and business dispute resolution and litigation. Mr. Berwanger’s real estate expertise includes resolving real estate disputes through mediation, litigation and appeals.

A sample of the types of matters Mr. Berwanger handles includes:

  • Easement-related disputes including reciprocal parking easments; access easements; easement surcharge; and prescriptive easements.
  • Environmental-related disputes involving the California Environmental Quality Act; the Clean Water Act and related statutes and regulations; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and related statutes.
  • Purchase and sale agreements and disputes arising out of them.
  • Commercial leases and disputes arising out of them.
  • Land use issues at the administrative and litigation phases.
  • Coastal Act issues at the administrative and litigation phases.
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements regarding development entitlements.
  • Eminent domain matters on behalf of condemners and condemnees.
  • Homeowner association disputes.
  • Partnership disputes relating to real estate transactions.
  • Earth movement and flood litigation.

Mr. Berwanger’s experience includes representing public agencies and property owners giving him a broad perspective and understanding of the dynamics of agencies and owners.

With substantial trial and appeal experience, Mr. Berwanger helps clients resolve their disputes with litigation as but one element to the dispute resolution process, the goal being cost effective dispute resolution.

Admissions

California Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern California Districts

Memberships

State Bar of California - Chairperson, Litigation Section; Real Property Section, Co-Chair
Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego, Chairperson
City Ballet of San Diego, Board Member
American Youth Hostels, Board Member
San Diego County Bar Association, Legal Ethics Committee
Deputy Special Prosecutor for the State Bar of California Enforcement Unit
NCAA, Small College Tennis Champion
San Diego River Park Foundation Board Member
Wallace Inn of Court, Master and Treasurer
Enright Inn of Court, Master
Ethics Committee, San Diego Bar Association, Member
Mount Soledad Memorial Association, Counsel

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Contact

(619) 230-7784

cberwanger@grsm.com


Offices

San Diego

Los Angeles

Orange County

Education

J.D., University of Southern California Law School, 1969

B.A., Political Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 1966

Honors

Top Rated Lawyer-AV® Preeminent™,
Martindale-Hubbell

Top Rated Lawyer in Real Estate

Super Lawyers® distinction in the fields of Business Litigation, Appellate and Real Estate (2007-2016)

Top Lawyer in San Diego, Real Estate (San Diego Magazine, 2017)

Charles V. Berwanger

Partner

Practices

Biography

Charles V. Berwanger is a partner and co-chair of the firm's Real Estate Practice Group. Mr. Berwanger specializes in real estate, land use, environmental and business dispute resolution and litigation. Mr. Berwanger’s real estate expertise includes resolving real estate disputes through mediation, litigation and appeals.

A sample of the types of matters Mr. Berwanger handles includes:

  • Easement-related disputes including reciprocal parking easments; access easements; easement surcharge; and prescriptive easements.
  • Environmental-related disputes involving the California Environmental Quality Act; the Clean Water Act and related statutes and regulations; and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and related statutes.
  • Purchase and sale agreements and disputes arising out of them.
  • Commercial leases and disputes arising out of them.
  • Land use issues at the administrative and litigation phases.
  • Coastal Act issues at the administrative and litigation phases.
  • Negotiation of settlement agreements regarding development entitlements.
  • Eminent domain matters on behalf of condemners and condemnees.
  • Homeowner association disputes.
  • Partnership disputes relating to real estate transactions.
  • Earth movement and flood litigation.

Mr. Berwanger’s experience includes representing public agencies and property owners giving him a broad perspective and understanding of the dynamics of agencies and owners.

With substantial trial and appeal experience, Mr. Berwanger helps clients resolve their disputes with litigation as but one element to the dispute resolution process, the goal being cost effective dispute resolution.

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Admissions

California Supreme Court
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
United States District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern California Districts

Memberships

State Bar of California - Chairperson, Litigation Section; Real Property Section, Co-Chair
Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego, Chairperson
City Ballet of San Diego, Board Member
American Youth Hostels, Board Member
San Diego County Bar Association, Legal Ethics Committee
Deputy Special Prosecutor for the State Bar of California Enforcement Unit
NCAA, Small College Tennis Champion
San Diego River Park Foundation Board Member
Wallace Inn of Court, Master and Treasurer
Enright Inn of Court, Master
Ethics Committee, San Diego Bar Association, Member
Mount Soledad Memorial Association, Counsel

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