is an attorney licensed to practice in California and Oregon, with
his practice based in Ashland, Oregon. During his sixteen years as a
lawyer, Carreon has tried over sixty jury trials, and in recent
years has received national attention as a small town-lawyer who
takes on Goliath-sized opponents over high-tech issues and comes out
with the prize.
Carreon advises on
a wide range of Federal legal issues relevant to business
transactions and litigation, and provides expert consultation and
testimony for select clients. He is available for speaking
engagements for education, industry and the legal profession.
Charles Carreon is
best known for his November, 2000 victory in the celebrated "Sex.Com"
case, in which he recovered the world's most valuable domain name
for the rightful owner, and established for the first time in a
court decision that Internet domain names are "property"
in the eyes of the law. Carreon is writing a non-fiction book about
the historic case called "The Sex.Com Chronicles." Carreon
scored another notable win in October 2002 with his $300,000 jury
verdict for Roger Benson against the State of Oregon for negligently
managing its criminal history database. Carreon is currently
suing the manufacturer of the biometric fingerprint scanning machine
that originated the errors. See www.benson-vs-identix.com.
from UCLA Law School in 1986. While at UCLA, he received the 1985
John Olin Fellowship in Law & Economics, served on the Federal
Communications Law Journal editorial board, and clerked with the
Circuit Federal Court of Appeals. After graduation, Carreon joined
the California Bar and, during his next six years as an L.A. trial
lawyer with three of the city's finest firms, secured millions in
settlements and verdicts from some of the world's largest
corporations and insurance companies.
A skilled criminal
lawyer, Carreon gained experience first as a prosecutor, and later,
as a federal criminal defender. Carreon is familiar with the
investigative methods of federal agencies, including postal, drug,
and tax investigators, and has represented persons facing charges
for everything from financial fraud to homicide. A noted
cross-examiner who has repeatedly wrung damning admissions from
government agents on the witness stand, Carreon is also a zealous
defender of his clients' right to privacy.
Over fifteen years
of trial practice, Carreon has won the minds of judges and juries
time and again by adhering to a simple principle - help the listener
understand your position, then offer them your conclusion. Trial
advocacy, Carreon has noted, is about persuasion, not coercion. He
follows the same principle with his clients, believing that a
well-informed client and a skilled, dedicated attorney make a
formidable team. Admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1993, Carreon
has tried cases before juries in Portland, Los Angeles, and San
Diego. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar
Association and the California State Bar Intellectual Property and
Entertainment Law Society.