Complex Appellate Litigation Group

96 Jessie Street San Francisco California 94105 U.S.A.

Charles M. Kagay


Charles Kagay has decades of appellate experience in both California and federal courts. He frequently handles appeals involving complex or novel legal questions, and his cases have addressed first-impression questions of civil procedure and statutory interpretation, including issues related to antitrust law, administrative law, physician credentialing, and anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) motions. He also handles trial court actions of an appellate nature, such as petitions for writs of administrative mandamus and bankruptcy appeals.

Charles has been certified as California appellate specialist by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California for the past 14 years. He has been selected ten times as a “Northern California SuperLawyer” in appellate law, and he has both a peer rating and client rating of 5 out of 5 from Martindale-Hubbell.

Previously, Charles served as Chief Appellate Counsel in two Independent Counsel probes of cabinet-level officials in Washington, D.C., and as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California. He is a past member of the State Bar of California’s Committee on Appellate Courts, Committee on the Administration of Justice, and Antitrust and Unfair Competition Section’s Executive Committee.

Charles earned his undergraduate degree, his graduate degree in public policy, and his law degree from Harvard University.