June 18, 2021

Volume XI, Number 169

Charles O. Thompson

Charles Thompson focuses his practice on employment litigation and counseling representing clients through all phases of Class Actions and Single Plaintiff cases. Charles has wide-ranging experience litigating employment-related issues for public and private companies, having handled over 1,000 employment matters for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to Silicon Valley startups. He has tried employment, commercial, and professional liability cases to verdict and directed verdict, and has litigated and appealed cases from California State Courts to the United States Supreme Court.

Charles represents employers in wage and hour cases, as well as EEOC class actions, in state and federal courts across the United States and has broad experience appearing before the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, the Employment Development Department, and the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Department of Labor.

In addition to his trial and counseling work, Charles serves as a private and judicial mediator and arbitrator, and has acted as a pro-tem judge upon request of the court. He has broad experience in binding arbitrations and trial. He has taught trial advocacy, diversity, employment and substance abuse to clients and industry organizations.

Throughout his career, Charles has been a champion for diversity and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the board of Directors for the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco. He actively supports and promotes diversity efforts and collaborates with clients on diversity issues.


Articles in the National Law Review database by Charles O. Thompson

Charles O. Thompson of Greenberg Traurig is a National Law Review Go-To Thought Leader for his consistent and detailed analysis of California Employment Laws.  Throughout 2020, Mr. Thompson wrote on the Employee Classification debate in California, Lyft and Uber litigation, AB 5, and the ABC test for independent contractors.  Mr. Thompson’s thought leadership addresses a broad range of topics including California’s: wage statement requirements, statewide COVID-19 supplemental sick leave law, employee voting leave requirements, and employer concerns related to wildfires and other natural disasters.