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Charles Bakaly, IV

Associate | Los Angeles


Charles “Chase” Bakaly is an associate in the Litigation Department at Richards, Watson & Gershon. Chase represents clients in a variety of civil litigation matters, including commercial litigation, civil rights, constitutional law, criminal prosecution, municipal code enforcement, marijuana regulation, and police practices. 

Work for Clients

Chase has represented the cities of Banning, Beverly Hills, Brea, Covina, Davis, Indio, Jurupa Valley, La Mirada, Manhattan Beach, Manteca, Mill Valley, Monrovia, Pasadena, Seal Beach, Temecula, and Yucaipa.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Richards, Watson & Gershon, Chase was a prosecutor in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. As a prosecutor, Chase tried several multi-count cases to jury verdict as sole counsel and argued numerous trial motions on behalf of the People of the State of California.

During law school, Chase served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Dale S. Fischer in the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Chase also served as a certified law clerk for both the Major Crimes Division and the Preliminary Hearing Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

As a member of the USC Law School Mediation Clinic, Chase mediated over fifty cases in Los Angeles County Superior Court involving employment disputes, civil harassment restraining orders, contractual disputes, and disability rights.

Before law school, Chase served for two years as the Executive Assistant to Ambassador Richard L. Armitage, former United States Deputy Secretary of State. He served as the day-to-day point of contact for high-level government officials in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as clients from major U.S. defense contracting firms and international and domestic Fortune 500 companies.

Honors & Awards

Judicial Extern, The Honorable Dale S. Fischer, United States District Court for the Central District of California

Professional and Community Affiliations

Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Armed Forces Committee

Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Litigation Section

Member, American Bar Association


United States District Court for the Central District of California



  • League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Conference, 11.06.2020
  • Presentation // How Cities Can Protect Employees Through Workplace Violence Restraining Orders
    League of California Cities City Managers’ Conference, 02.06.2020
  • Presentation // Gun Violence Restraining Orders
    Independent Cities Association Winter Seminar, 02.02.2019


Practice Areas


J.D., University of Southern California Gould School of Law
B.A., University of Southern California

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