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 particular experience in defending wage and hour cases.

Before joining Coblentz, 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.

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.