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Charles A. Alfonzo

Partner

Direct Dial (510) 835-6825

calfonzo@burnhambrown.com

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Practice Expertise

  • Over 20 years experience in state and federal civil litigation with an emphasis in real estate, environmental toxic torts, premises liability, construction defect, and product liability. 
  • Real estate advice, counsel, and litigation for both commercial and residential property including: transactional matters (leasing, sale and purchase, due diligence, disclosures), title disputes, unlawful and forcible detainer, wrongful eviction, rent and eviction controls, easements, border-line disputes, habitability, and general premises liability.
  • Mobilehome Residency Law: defense of failure to maintain suits including class action; transactional and operational matters (lease and rules/regulations creation, enforcement and notices, park closure, purchase and sale due diligence); rent and eviction controls; and, employment and compliance issues (HCD, ADA, FEHA).
  • Construction defect and contracts:  Represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, design engineers, material suppliers and product manufacturers in contracting and litigation including class action and mass-tort, multi-party construction defect, mechanic's liens, and environmental contamination. 
  • Environmental: specializes in the medical and scientific issues raised in environmental and personal injury litigation.  Cases involve allegations of serious personal injury resulting from major traumas and purported exposures to chemicals, lead, radon, gasses, molds, bacteria, volatile organic compounds, and other particulates. Advice and counsel for UST site contamination and clean up.
  • Business & Commercial: Represents business organizations and individuals in transactional matters (formation, dissolution, governing documents, due diligence), business disputes including fraud, copyright and trademark infringement, trade libel, unfair competition, and false advertising claims.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • California State Bar and Alameda Bar Association
  • East Bay CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) 
  • East Bay Rental Housing Association
  • Western Manufactured Housing Association 

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, “Adding and Legalizing Accessory Dwelling Units”, Edrington and Associates, August 3, 2020.
  • Co-Presenter, “Assessing the Bark and Bite of Bay Area Eviction Moratoriums”, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC), July 15, 2020.
  • Co-Presenter, "Discover How to Navigate Through COVID-19 Eviction Freeze", Apartment Owners Association Webinar, June 25, 2020.
  • Presenter, "Real Estate Advice Seminar", Webinar with RINA and Chicago Deferred Exchange Co., May 14, 2020.
  • Over 20 years experience in state and federal civil litigation with an emphasis in real estate, environmental toxic torts, premises liability, construction defect, and product liability. 
  • Real estate advice, counsel, and litigation for both commercial and residential property including: transactional matters (leasing, sale and purchase, due diligence, disclosures), title disputes, unlawful and forcible detainer, wrongful eviction, rent and eviction controls, easements, border-line disputes, habitability, and general premises liability.
  • Mobilehome Residency Law: defense of failure to maintain suits including class action; transactional and operational matters (lease and rules/regulations creation, enforcement and notices, park closure, purchase and sale due diligence); rent and eviction controls; and, employment and compliance issues (HCD, ADA, FEHA).
  • Construction defect and contracts:  Represents owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, design engineers, material suppliers and product manufacturers in contracting and litigation including class action and mass-tort, multi-party construction defect, mechanic's liens, and environmental contamination. 
  • Environmental: specializes in the medical and scientific issues raised in environmental and personal injury litigation.  Cases involve allegations of serious personal injury resulting from major traumas and purported exposures to chemicals, lead, radon, gasses, molds, bacteria, volatile organic compounds, and other particulates. Advice and counsel for UST site contamination and clean up.
  • Business & Commercial: Represents business organizations and individuals in transactional matters (formation, dissolution, governing documents, due diligence), business disputes including fraud, copyright and trademark infringement, trade libel, unfair competition, and false advertising claims.
  • California State Bar and Alameda Bar Association
  • East Bay CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) 
  • East Bay Rental Housing Association
  • Western Manufactured Housing Association 
  • Co-Presenter, “Adding and Legalizing Accessory Dwelling Units”, Edrington and Associates, August 3, 2020.
  • Co-Presenter, “Assessing the Bark and Bite of Bay Area Eviction Moratoriums”, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada (ADC), July 15, 2020.
  • Co-Presenter, "Discover How to Navigate Through COVID-19 Eviction Freeze", Apartment Owners Association Webinar, June 25, 2020.
  • Presenter, "Real Estate Advice Seminar", Webinar with RINA and Chicago Deferred Exchange Co., May 14, 2020.
  • University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 1996)
  • Saint Mary's College of California (B.A.)
  • California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
  • U.S. Supreme Court