Biography

Charles Sink is of counsel in the firm’s Construction Practice and former chair of the Complex Litigation Department. His commercial litigation experience has largely involved construction or energy claims, and related insurance issues. He also has served as the sole arbitrator or panel chair in over 100 cases with the American Arbitration Association, with California’s Office of Administrative Hearings, and with the International Chamber of Commerce.

In state and federal courts, and in private arbitrations, Charles has represented private owners, public entities, architects, engineers, and EPC contractors. His claims experience covers many forms of public and private infrastructure, including: conventional, nuclear, and alternative energy power plants; mass transit systems; sewage treatment plants; bridges and roads; commercial, governmental, and office buildings; housing; and hospitals. 

He has negotiated, drafted, or reviewed all manner of construction documents, including design-build agreements, EPC contracts, purchase orders, and professional service agreements. He has frequently advised clients on how to structure projects and how to resolve claims short of litigation or arbitration.

Charles is a Fellow in both the College of Commercial Arbitrators and the American College of Construction Lawyers. He has spoken and taught several classes on construction contracts and on dispute resolution. Chambers USA consistently ranked him among the top construction attorneys in California. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Construction Law and Litigation - Construction), named the Best Lawyers 2015 San Francisco Litigation – Construction "Lawyer of the Year" and has been recognized by Who’s Who Legal as one of the “Most Highly Regarded Lawyers” in construction.

For several years, he edited The Construction Lawyer, a quarterly publication of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry. Some of his published books include: Co-editor, Construction ADR, 1st Ed. (ABA, 2014); Construction Damages and Remedies, 1st Ed. (ABA, 2004) and 2nd Ed. (2013); False Claims in Construction Contracts: Federal, State, and Local, (ABA, 2007, update 2010); and The 2007 A201 Deskbook (ABA, 2008).

Distinctions

  • Top ranked in Chambers USA in California for construction (2009-2014)
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Construction Law and Litigation - Construction); 2015 San Francisco Lawyer of the Year - Litigation - Construction
  • Who’s Who Legal's “Most Highly Regarded Lawyers” in construction for 2012

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
  • Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator, Office of Administrative Hearings
  • Member, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry

Firm Highlights

Publication

Are You Background Checking Your Contractors? If So, Exercise Caution.

Employers who use background checks in their hiring processes are likely aware of the various requirements under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and analogous state statutes. They must provide clear disclosures and obtain...

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Event

Women in Cleantech & Sustainability

Lysondra Ludwig will speak at the WCS Talks - a full day TED-Style event and startup pitch competition hosted by Google.

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Farella Braun + Martel Attorneys Named 2019 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21, 2019: Farella Braun + Martel’s James L. Day , Jeffrey M. Fisher , Eugene Mar , Stephanie P. Skaff and Roderick M. Thompson have been named IP Stars by Managing...

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Keeping Tabs on Energy Efficiency – New Benchmarking Requirements for San Francisco

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Legal Ins and Outs of 'Opportunity Zones' — So Far

A new tax incentive intended to stimulate investment in low-income communities known as opportunity zones has attracted significant attention from investors, developers, and business owners since its enactment under Section 1400Z-2 of the Internal...

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What California’s New Security Law Means to Your Business

Commonsense IoT security steps that startups and small business should consider to comply with California’s new law California recently enacted a new law, Senate Bill 327, that requires companies that make Internet of Things...

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Event

Cannabis and Employment Law

Rebecca Stephens will present the session "Cannabis and Employment Law" at the Network of Trial Law Firms' Litigation Management in a New York Minute – 2019 Edition event. Overview:  Medical marijuana is now legal in 33...

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Former City of Napa Planner Rick Tooker Joins Farella Braun + Martel

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Bay Area Opportunity Zones 2.0

On the heels of recently released regulation by the US government, we dive back into the state of OZs in the Bay Area. What You'll Learn What are the most important takeaways from the...

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The Legal 500 United States 2019 Recognizes Farella Braun + Martel Practices & Attorneys

The 2019 edition of Legal 500 United States recognized Farella Braun + Martel among the top firms in the Construction, Land Use/Zoning, and Not-for-Profit practice areas. Recognized attorneys include: Construction Adam Dawson CJ Higley...

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