Ericksen Arbuthnot

Charles S. Painter
Senior Partner Shareholder

Office Phone: 916.483.5181
Office Fax: 213.489.4332
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Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Coverage
  • Employer Liability
  • General Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Trucking / Transportation
Mr. Painter has practiced law for 37 years and has been with Ericksen Arbuthnot for 33 years. He is the Assistant Managing Partner of Ericksen Arbuthnot's Sacramento office. He Co-Chair's the firm's Products Liability Practice Group and is an active member in the firm's Employment Practice Group. He is AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
During his career, Mr. Painter has handled cases involving all aspects of civil litigation and has successfully litigated numerous high exposure cases in both state and federal courts. He has tried 17 civil jury trials and most of those went to verdict. He has tried numerous bench trials and arbitrations. He has mediated many high exposure cases. He successfully defended the first “failure to warn” pharmaceutical products liability case to be tried to verdict in the United States on the issue of whether aspirin causes Reye’s syndrome. He has litigated complex business litigation and class action lawsuits. He has successfully defended wrongful death trucking accident cases in civil jury trials.
He practices in federal and state court in cases involving wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, disability claims, defamation, privacy, and wage and hour claims. He also represents employers before numerous federal and state agencies including the U.S. Department of Labor, California Labor Commissioner, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (“DFEH”) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”).
Additionally, his practice includes commercial business litigation, professional errors and omissions of healthcare practitioners, real estate brokers and agents, lawyers and financial institutions and products liability.
Mr. Painter is a member of the California bar. He is also an inactive member of the Oregon State Bar. He is a a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association and a very active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI) and is on the Steering Committees for Employment and Products as well as member of the DRI Transportation and Trucking Committee. He lectures on a variety of legal topics, including document retention and electronic discovery.
He is admitted to practice in all courts in the state of California, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He is also a member of the firm’s Construction, Employment, Personal Injury, Professional Liability and Real Estate Practice Groups.
He and Marcia have been married for 44 years, raised two wonderful children and reside in Fair Oaks, California with their dog, Hobbes. He and Marcia are avid backpackers.

Martindale Rating

AV® Peer Review Rated


  • J.D., California Western School of Law, San Diego
  • B.S., University of California, Davis

Bar Admissions

  • All courts in the State of California
  • – U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • – U.S. Supreme Court


  • Products Liability – Co-Chair
  • Employment
  • Healthcare
  • Personal Injury
  • Professional Liability
  • Real Estate
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