Charmaine Yu


Charmaine Yu is an experienced litigator in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. She has successfully defended development project approvals against challenge under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as well as other state and local land use laws.  She represents clients in a wide range of other litigation, including contract and partnership disputes, business torts, unfair business practices actions, and employment-related matters, with a particular expertise in defending wage and hour cases.

Before joining the firm, Charmaine was an attorney for the San Francisco Public Defender's Office where she was lead counsel in 35 jury trials and more than 20 appellate matters.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Royce Lamberth, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Professional Activities

Charmaine is on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) and a member of the State Bar of California.


Charmaine graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center in 2001, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Georgetown Law Journal.  She graduated magna cum laude from Duke University in 1998.

Notable Representations

Coblentz attorneys defended a complaint to remove family members as general partners from a limited partnership and asserting cross-complaint for dissolution of a parallel family business involving commercial real estate holdings. They negotiated a settlement involving the separation of family businesses and the separation of interests in multiple family trusts.

Case Studies

Cedar Fair v. City of Santa Clara

The City of Santa Clara and the San Francisco 49ers professional football team agreed on details of the proposed new 49ers stadium in 2011. Cedar Fair argued that the project approval could only occur after the environmental review was complete, and that it therefore violated the principles laid...


Coblentz represented the Fairmont Hotel chain in a variety of matters concerning its western properties, including labor negotiations, employment disputes and litigation, commercial litigation, leasing, ADA access issues, land use issues, and vendor contracts.


San Francisco 49ers

The work we’ve done as lead real estate and corporate counsel for the San Francisco 49ers and its affiliates includes large, complex, and seemingly impossible deals: everything from an ownership reorganization to a major real estate and land use project to advising on complex property and...

Time Warner Cable

The Coblentz team representing Time Warner Cable played an instrumental role in a substantial tax policy victory at the California State Board of Equalization (SBOE). On behalf of Time Warner Cable at the SBOE, Coblentz worked with a wide array of allied taxpayers and trade associations,...