Charlie Chou is a partner at Ad Astra, with over a decade of full spectrum civil litigation experience under his belt. Beginning his career at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, he has represented a diverse range of clients including Sony, Wells Fargo, Oracle, and many other Fortune 500 companies.

He earned a B.A. from the University of Southern California in 2002 and graduated from UC College of the Law, San Francisco in 2006.  He was the recipient of a full academic scholarship at both USC and UC College of the Law, San Francisco.

In his free time, Charlie enjoys good food, exploration, and the company of old friends.

A self-admitted foodie with deep knowledge of the Bay Area restaurant and dive scene, Charlie’s favorites aren’t exactly the fanciest but rather the most comforting – pecan pie, doughnut holes, and chili.

Besides his epicurean exploits, Charlie is an extremely sharp-witted, competitive litigator with an emphasis on fairness. A decidedly strong family man, Charlie’s biggest admiration is his wife Grace for her unwavering patience and moral compass.

State Bar of California
United States District Court for the Northern District of California
United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
United States District Court for the Central District of California
United State Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

J.D., UC College of the Law, San Francisco; magna cum laude, Order of Coif (top 10% of graduating class), Thurston Honor Society
B.A., University of Southern California


Charlie’s background includes litigation of high-stakes complex commercial, intellectual property, class action, products liability, mass tort and employment cases. Seasoned in all aspects of civil litigation, from pre-complaint investigation through appeal, Charlie’s wide array of proficiencies powers his  aptitude for varied case challenges.

Executive Committee Member for the Litigation Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco

  1. What are some non-profits or organizations you’re passionate about or volunteer with?
    St. Anthony Foundation, SPCA, and Delancey St. Foundation.
  2. Do you have any skills or talent that most people don’t know about?
    I run at a 6% incline every morning for 30 minutes.
  3. Do you have any pets?
    A rescued Formosan Mountain dog named Lucca.