Robert Charles Ward

Robert Charles Ward (San Francisco, California)

Robert Charles Ward

Attorney in San Francisco, CA
Mr. Ward is a litigation partner with substantial arbitration and trial experience who relies on that experience to deliver practical advice and cost-effective lawyering. His litigation practice is largely oriented toward the real estate and investment management industries. Mr. Ward's real estate work includes landlord-tenant disputes, disputes over purchase and sale contracts, partnership dissolutions, broker disputes, construction disputes, secured transactions, and breach of fiduciary duty and corporate governance claims. In the investment management area, Mr. Ward handles partnership disputes, investor claims, employment claims, and other problems arising for hedge fund and mutual fund companies. Mr. Ward also handles several types of disputes faced by growing businesses, such as conflicts among partners or shareholders, trade secret disputes, wrongful termination claims and disputes arising out of mergers and acquisitions. Another facet of Mr. Ward's practice is a focus on “business divorces” -- helping clients unwind themselves from companies or investments.

Mr. Ward uses his litigation experience and expertise to resolve disputes, if possible, without the expense of litigation or by handling litigation to achieve client goals efficiently. He also recognizes that litigation requires flexibility because every case has its own unique facts and client motivations. When disputes cannot be resolved quickly and efficiently, Mr. Ward enjoys taking cases to trial or arbitration and aggressively seeking good results for his clients. Mr. Ward's clients include real estate investment and management companies, developers, investment management companies, financial institutions and manufacturers and distributors.


Mr. Ward's professional affiliations include the American Bar Association and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.


Mr. Ward serves on the board and is the Umpire In Chief of San Ramon Valley Little League.


•Breaking Up Is Hard To do: A Primer on “Business Divorce” Litigation For Transactional Lawyers (California Business Law Reporter, Summer 2015, v. 30, number 3.)


•Nov. 18: Mr. Ward will be speaking at BASF's Real Property Section on Equitable Remedies: Rescission, Specific Performance & Reformation. Please visit the BASF web site for additional details on the seminar.
•Nov. 5-6: Mr. Ward will be speaking at PLI's 17th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute. Please refer to the brochure for details or visit the PLI web site.

(415) 421-6500 x296 (415) 421-6500 x296
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Peer Rating 5.0 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Real Estate
  • Trade Secrets
  • Contracts & Business Torts
  • Fiduciary Duty/Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
  • Intellectual Property

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Experience & Credentials

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Admission Details
Admitted in 1992, California
Law School Attended
Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California
Class of 1992
University Attended
University of California, Berkeley
Birth Information
Born in 1963
Sagamihara, Japan, September 24, 1963

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Contact Information

Contact Information
(415) 421-6500 x296
Office Information
Office Information
Robert Charles Ward
Shartsis Friese LLP
One Maritime Plaza, Eighteenth Floor, ,
San Francisco, CA 94111

Shartsis Friese LLP (San Francisco, California)