Area of Practice:
Family/Domestic, Personal Injury

Contact Information:
Charles J. Schmidt
7777 Alvarado Rd., Ste. 267
La Mesa, CA 91942
Tel: (619) 466-2876

Charles J. Schmidt

I have been an attorney for 30 years.  It’s incredible how time flies.  Since 1988 I have been a sole practitioner, primarily in personal injury and family law.  I have enjoyed representing a variety of people over the years.  The good memories clearly outnumber the bad and sad ones.  I remember my client’s sister telling me after a hearing that she felt like standing up to cheer some of my arguments like she was at a sporting event. I remember when my  client put her hand on my leg in anticipation that the judge would give her custody after a hard-fought battle.  I remember the Marital Settlement Agreement I prepared for the parties where they shared custody and visitation of their pot-bellied pigs.  I guess time flies when you’re having fun.  It is a wonderful profession helping people out at probably their worst times.

I have always believed it is good to give back to the legal community. Hence, I have volunteered for the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program, the East County Restraining Order Clinic, and the Civil Harassment Clinic. I currently serve as a pro-tem settlement conference judge in 3 of the 4 Family Courts. Sorry Vista – it’s just too far for me.  I am also serving as a board member of the Foothills Bar Association, and was a co-chair of the Family Law section.  I wrote a column in the FBA newsletter called Catch This, which is a summary of our monthly seminar presentations.  The attorneys, judges and court staff have all added pleasure to the ride.

One of my Western State University Law School professors advised us to play hard ball when we went out into the real world. So, in 1987 I joined an adult hardball league called the San Diego Adult Baseball League (SDABL). I primarily catch, thus the reason for my FBA newsletter articles entitled Catch This. Other attorneys may have had the same professor as I see a few attorneys in our league. My 17 year old son loves the game as well as he plays high school ball.  I am proud to say that he has attained the rank of an Eagle Scout.