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
  • Northern California Super Lawyers (2005-2019)

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

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CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program Summary (Updated)

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law (the full 880-page text of the CARES Act is available here ). One feature of the CARES...

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Insights and Resources

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Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that partners Jeffrey M. Fisher and James L. Day were named to the 2020 list of “Top Intellectual Property Lawyers” in California by the Daily Journal...

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Join speakers, Matt Lewis and Janice Reicher, on the webinar discussing "Coronavirus Was Unexpected, but Is It Force Majeure?"

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7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop

Brian Donnelly is presenting the case study session, "Managing Partner Performance" at Fairfax Associates' 7th Annual Partner Compensation One-Day Workshop. Click here for more information.

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Wine Businesses, Lenders, and Difficult Conversations

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CARES Act Money for Wineries?

Beginning tomorrow morning, April 3 rd , the Small Business Administration will begin accepting applications for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under the new CARES Act. Amid the flurry of news, small winery owners may...

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Farella COVID-19 Update: A Message From the Managing Partner

To our clients, alumni and friends, During these unsettling times, Farella Braun + Martel is focused on protecting the health and safety of our firm members, clients, and communities and doing our part to...

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Farella Advises on Sale of Diamond Creek Winery to Maison Louis Roederer

SAN FRANCISCO/ST. HELENA, March 16, 2020: Farella Braun + Martel represented the family of the late Boots Brounstein on the sale of their Diamond Creek Winery in Calistoga, Calf. to French Champagne producer Maison...

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