Charlie Hoge

Full length photo of attorney Charlie Hoge in business attireCharlie’s business litigation practice includes partnership, real estate, employment, intellectual property, unfair competition, trade secret and professional liability matters.

Charlie worked for a large regional firm practicing commercial litigation before he joined the San Diego firm Post Kirby Noonan & Sweat, known after 2005 as Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP, where he practiced for 28 years until the firm disbanded into five separate law firms on June 30, 2016. During the firm’s last 14 years, Charlie served as its Managing Partner while maintaining a full time litigation practice. During his tenure, the firm was routinely awarded the highest accolades in San Diego including continuous recognition in U.S. News Best Law Firms and California Top Ranked Law Firms.

Charlie takes pride in achieving practical, creative and cost-effective solutions for his clients while getting to know them and their businesses well. He has long-standing relationships with many clients, and is remembered for helping them understand and navigate the challenges of the litigation process. Charlie has many years of business experience managing his former firm and from being a member of Vistage for four years, an organization of Chief Executive Officers who share insights into managing businesses. 

Over the last five years Charlie has been honored as a Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property 2013 (by American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine/ Martindale Hubbell); as one of San Diego’s Top Rated Lawyers 2014 (by Legal Leaders); as one of San Diego’s Best Lawyers 2014 (Best Lawyers); The Best Lawyers in America 2014 (Commercial Litigation) ( Best Lawyers); Top AV Rated Lawyers in Labor and Employment Law 2014 (Martindale Hubbell); Top Rated Lawyers in Real Estate Law 2015 (American Lawyer Media). He was honored by the San Diego Daily Transcript as a Top Attorney in Corporate Litigation 2015 (Top Ten). More recently, he was honored by Top Lawyers 2016 (Los Angeles Magazine/ Martindale Hubbell), by Top Attorneys in San Diego 2016 (San Diego Magazine/ Martindale Hubbell) and again by Best Lawyers in America for 2016, 2017, and 2018 (Commercial Litigation and Employment Law- Management) (Best Lawyers). Charlie has been honored as a Super Lawyer every year since its inception, and has received an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell for professionalism and ethics (its highest rating) his entire legal career since he was first rated as a young associate. U.S. News & World Report has recognized the Hoge Law Firm on its 2017 and 2018 "Best Law Firms" Tier 1 list for commercial litigation. He is a San Diego Magazine’s Top Lawyers 2018. Charlie is also featured in the 2018-2019 edition of Top Attorneys of North America. 

Has has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 30ᵗʰ edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for his expertise in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law - Management

Hoge Law Firm is a member of the San Diego Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF), which combines the resources of area specialty firms to provide expertise and talent in San Diego that matches that provided by national and international law firms. INBLF serves the needs of national and international businesses and professionals seeking local talent in San Diego.

Charlie is also a Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America, a highly selective trial lawyer society composed of less than half of one percent of American lawyers. 

Notable Case Achievements

  • Employment: Trial

    Defended a national real estate brokerage firm accused of wrongful termination and discrimination

  • Securities Litigation: Arbitration

    Represented investors in a coffee store and distribution chain dispute

  • Real Estate: Arbitration

    Represented investors in a commercial real estate development partnership in a dispute with a national home builder

  • Unfair Competition: Trial

    Defended an inventor in a Business & Professions Code § 17200/unfair competition claim made by a trade association

  • Real Estate: Arbitration

    Represented a developer in arbitration of a construction dispute

  • Real Estate: Trial

    Represented a commercial tenant in a specific performance action to compel a sale of the property

  • Professional Liability: Trial

    Represented an accounting firm accused of fraud and conspiracy in an international financing transaction. The firm prevailed at trial but the co-defendants were found liable for fraud

  • Professional Liability: Trial

    Represented a pharmaceutical company in an arbitration of a complex commercial dispute over development of an experimental monoclonal antibody utilized in clinical trials in China for treatment of lung cancer

  • Insurance: Arbitration

    Represented a construction company in litigation with a municipality and insurer

  • Intellectual Property: Trial

    Represented a public company in patent infringement litigation with a Taiwanese electronics firm

  • Real Estate: Trial

    Represented a developer in a land use dispute

  • Intellectual Property: Trial

    Represented departing investment advisers accused of misappropriation of trade secrets and defamation

  • Real Estate: Trial

    Represented a commercial tenant that prevailed at trial against a landlord accused of concealment

  • Employment: Trial

    Defended principals of a national sunglasses manufacturer accused of wrongful termination and discrimination

  • Real Estate: Trial

    Client prevailed in a jury trial based on concealment of conditions in a commercial property

Contact Info:

Hoge Law Firm

888 Prospect Street
Suite 200
La Jolla, CA 92037


  • University of California, Hastings, J.D., 1983
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., 1980

Professional Memberships and Activities

  • San Diego County Bar Association 2000 Labor and Employment Law Section Chair; Litigation Section
  • San Diego Superior Court, Judge pro tem
  • San Diego Superior Court Mediator Panel
  • American Bar Association
  • CEB Panelist, Current Developments in Litigation (2004-2007, 2009)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers of San Diego (Board of Governors 2002-2004; 2013-2016)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

Litigation Practice Areas

  • Partnerships and LLC's
  • Real Estate
  • Employment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Unfair Competition
  • Business Disputes


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