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Charles E. Osthimer III

44 Montgomery Street
Suite 3100
San Francisco, California 94104
Phone:  415.913.4900
Fax:  415.391.8766


Mr. Osthimer focuses his practice on litigation in the areas of aviation, products liability, toxic torts, professional errors and omissions, and business and commercial matters. He has extensive experience managing mass tort litigation and has done so for major corporations in several industries including pharmaceuticals, commercial aviation, chemicals and asbestos. He has tried cases in state and federal district courts throughout California as well as other states and federal jurisdictions. He has served on LeClairRyan's board of directors since 2008.

Legal Experience

  • LeClairRyan, San Francisco, California, June 2008 – Present 
  • Wright Robinson Osthimer & Tatum, San Francisco, California, 1987 – June 2008 (merged with LeClairRyan)
  • Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, San Francisco, California, 1971 -1987

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: TIPS Section; Former Vice Chairman, Toxic and Hazardous Substances and Environmental Law Committee 
  • State Bar of California 
  • Bar Association of San Francisco 
  • Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel 
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Northern California Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Association of Managing Counsel 
  • Trial Attorneys of America 
  • Products Liability Advisory Council


  • Recognized as "AV Preeminent" rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed among The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2013–2019
  • Named Best Lawyers' San Francisco Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year", 2016 
  • Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer for General Litigation, 2009–2018
  • Named a "Super Lawyer," San Francisco magazine, 2004–2016

Related Industries


  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1971
  • A.B., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1965

Bar Admissions

  • California

Court Admissions

  • All U.S. District Courts in California
  • United States Supreme Court