Chuck’s Philosophy & Bio

Serving Nevada County (Nevada City, Grass Valley, Penn Valley, Truckee, Colfax and Lake Tahoe) for 20+ years

Philosophy of Grass Valley Lawyer Charles (Chuck) Farrar

Providing Local Expertise in Real Estate Law, Business Law, Civil Litigation, Employment  Law and Mediation.  As a solo practitioner with top law firm experience, Chuck provides a perfect blend of worldly knowledge and local experience.

My Philosophy & Core Values

“Life is too short to waste….I encourage clients to focus on what matters most.”

I take your case-situation very seriously

I also know that clients sometimes get caught up in emotional spirals of Attorney Chuck Farrarrevenge and defensiveness, and then lose sight of the bottom line—cost-effectively resolving the case-situation, so they can move on with what matters most in their lives.
As a lawyer, counselor, provider, family man, grandpa and outdoor adventurist, I’ve witnessed much pain and suffering caused by lack of focus and failure to remember the personal core values that drive our lives on this earth, especially during trying times.  I try to help my clients retain their focus on these critical anchors.

Clients and core values

  I work hard and play hard.  I strive to live my core Chuck Farrar Photovalues everyday: integrity, creativity, freedom, humor and compassion.  As a result I have developed compassion for and understanding of my clients and the range of other personalities involved in both complex and simple legal situations.  I look for win-win resolutions.  This means doing the best I can to match available resources with innovative solutions.  Most of my cases-situations are resolved out of court, saving all parties time, emotional turmoil and money.  Business transactions are handled timely and cost-effectively, focusing on obtaining the best result possible for my clients, consistent with their values and objectives.

Being efficient and effective

  I keep up-to-date on evolving technologies that will help me run my law practice and building positive relationships with those with whom I do business—community, opposing counsel, judges, etc.).  I answer my own phones; I get back to you; I care about your legal matter.  I say, only half joking, “If you can’t reach me, you are not trying very hard.”

My Credentials

Training and Education

Law School:  Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, Berkeley, J.D. 1972
College:  University of California, Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts- Social Science, 1968; University of Vienna- 1966-67
Born:  Santa Cruz, California
Admitted to California State Bar: l972
Member:  Nevada County Bar; American Bar Association; California State Bar Association (Section Member of Real Property and Business Law)
Specialized Training:  Basic and Advanced Mediation Training, plus Continuing Education Hours in Business Law, Employment Law, Mediation and Real Estate Law


Attorney Sole Practitioner:  Law Office of Chuck Farrar; Grass Valley, CA- 1993-presentCF Moab 2000 skinny
Partner, Roach & Farrar, Nevada City, CA- 1991-1993
Assistant General Counsel, Diasonics, Inc.- Milpitas, CA- 1986-88
Partner, International Law Firm of Morrison & Foerster, S.F., CA- Business and Litigation Departments- 1978-1986
Associate, Morrison & Foerster, S.F., Litigation- 1972-l978
Order of the Coif (top 10% of class)
Associate Editor, California Law Review- 1970-1972

Personal:  Married, 5 children, 11 grandchildren, cyclist, writer, adventurer

Chuck has been serving Nevada and Placer Counties (Grass Valley, Nevada City, Auburn, Penn Valley, Auburn, Truckee, and Lake Tahoe) for 20 plus years.  Helping clients prevent and resolve disputes and legally create and conclude transactions:

  • Real estate transactions (easements, purchases, leases, associations, etc.)
  • Business transactions and contracts (business set up, contracts, buy-sell, etc.)
  • Employment and labor disputes and prevention (wage and hour, employment agreements, harassment and discrimination, employee handbooks, etc.)
  • Mediating disputes (real estate, business and employment)

See Detailed Information on each practice area by clicking on links below:

Real Estate Law
Employment Law
Business Law
Civil Litigation