Charles Kreindler is a partner in the Governmental Practice in the firm's Los Angeles office. He is also Leader of the White Collar Defense and Corporate Investigations Practice Group.
Areas of Practice
Charles is an accomplished trial and appellate lawyer with specialties in white collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
Charles was a federal prosecutor in Los Angeles from 1989-1997. In that role, he investigated and prosecuted criminal offenses such as healthcare fraud, defense procurement fraud, tax evasion, bank fraud, money laundering, international theft, murder and counterfeiting. He coordinated and supervised both the Southern California Defense Procurement Task Force and the Southern California Health Care Fraud Task Force. Both of these task forces included agents from the FBI, Postal Inspection Service, Health and Human Services, Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the State of California.
In addition to his prosecutorial responsibilities, Charles was promoted to Assistant Division Chief in 1994 and was directly responsible for supervising approximately 60 assistant U.S. attorneys. As a criminal defense attorney, he has successfully represented numerous individuals and entities in connection with a federal and state investigations and prosecutions.
In civil litigation, Charles has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in both state and federal court. For example, as plaintiff's counsel, he recently won a jury verdict of $6,724,000 in a breach of contract action against one of the largest banks in the country. In a personal injury case, he won a jury verdict in excess of $1,000,000. Charles was also able to reach a settlement of over $50 million on behalf of a company against its former director and CEO, and he successfully completed a complex commercial arbitration on behalf of a biotech firm in which he won an award of more than $10,000,000.
As civil defense counsel, Charles recently received a defense verdict on a fraud and breach of contract claim, as well as a defense verdict on claims of trade secret violations. He has also successfully defended numerous individuals and companies in complaints brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), as well as state and federal False Claims Act litigation.
Charles has received numerous awards and honors for his legal achievements, including the Inspector General's Integrity Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Special Achievement Award on two occasions from the U.S. Department of Justice. Other honors and commendations have come from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Service, the U.S. Air Force, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers, 2011-2023
- White Collar Criminal Defense, Legal 500, 2016-2019
- Leading Lawyer, Chambers USA, 2015-2022
- Southern California Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2009-2022
- Off the Shelf Podcast, 08.05.2020
Cannabis Law Blog
Government Contracts, Investigations & International Trade Blog Posts
- "Materiality Concerns For CARES Act Enforcement Cases," June 15, 2020
- "How to Prevent or Defend Against Business Crimes, including Trade Secrets and Human Trafficking," May 29, 2019
- "You Again?: Application of the First-to-File Bar Where Subsequent Actions Are Brought By the Same Relator," February 25, 2015
- "How Are Your Physicians Compensated? Stark Law + False Claims Act = Halifax Paying $85 Million," May 20, 2014
- "Could You Be The "Beneficiary" Of The "Inadvertent" Submission Of A False Claim?," January 18, 2011
- "The Fourth Amendment Trumps Unbridled Government Searches Of Electronic Data (And What Companies Should Know To Protect Their Interests)," March 19, 2010
Healthcare Law Blog Posts
- "Cloudy Skies Ahead for Providers? CMS’ Release of Medicare Billing Data Combined with Physician Payment Sunshine Act Data May Boost Fraud Litigation," June 5, 2014
- "Potential Risks of Healthcare Joint Ventures Between Insurance Companies and Hospitals," May 21, 2014
Lain American Law Blog Posts
- "The New Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 and Potential Effects on Foreign Businesses and High Net Worth Individuals," March 12, 2021
White Collar Defense Blog Posts
- "Got Pot? The Feds Try to Make Mortgagee Banks Liable Under the Crack House Statute," January 19, 2012
- First Target: Organized Crime/Fraudsters. Next: Legitimate Businesses. Make Sure It’s Not You!, Webinar, 05.14.2020
- Presented by The American Bar Association White Collar Crime Committee, 10.24.2017
- Hosted by the American Bar Association, Ritz Carlton Denver, CO, 06.03.2015
J.D., Boston University School of Law, 1985
B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of California