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Charles Byron RENFREW




Renfrew, Charles Byron was born on October 31, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Son of Charles Warren and Louise (McGuire) Renfrew.


Princeton University (Bachelor of Arts, 1952). University of Michigan (Juris Doctor, 1956). Phi Beta Kappa; Order of the Coif.

Instructor, Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California, 1977-1980. United States. District Judge, Northern District, California, 1972 Deputy Attorney General, United States, 1980-1981.


Associate Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro, San Francisco, 1956-1965, partner, 1965-1972, 81-82. United States district judge Northern District California, 1972-1980. Deputy attorney general United States Washington, 1980-1981.

Instructor University California Boalt Hall School Law, 1977-1980. Vice president law Chevron Corporation (formerly Standard Oil Corporation California), San Francisco, 1983-1993, also board directors. Partner LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & McRae, 1994-1997.

Private practice, since 1998. Member executive committee 9th Circuit Judicial Conference, 1976-1978, congressional liaison committee 9th Circuit Judicial Council, 1976-1979, special committee to propose standards for admission to practice in federal courts United States Judicial Conference, 1976-1979. Chairman special committee to study problems of discovery Federal Judicial Center, 1978-1979.

Member council on role of courts United States Department Justice, 1978-1983. Member judicial panel Center for Public Resources, since 1981. Head United States delegate to 6th United Nations Congress on Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders, 1980.

Co-chairman San Francisco Lawyers Committee for Urban Affairs, 1971-1972, member, since 1983. Board directors International Hospitality Center, 1961-1974, president, 1967-1970. Member advisory board International Comparative Law Center, Southwestern Legal Foundation, 1983-1993.

Trustee World Affairs Council Northern California, 1984-1987, 94—, National Judicial College, 1985-1991, Grace Cathedral, 1986-1989.


  • Bar: California 1956.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Board fellow Claremont University, 1986-1994. Board directors San Francisco Symphony Foundation, 1964-1980, president, 1971-1972. Board directors Council Civic Unity, 1962-1973, president, 1971-1972.

Board directors Opportunity Through Ownership, 1969-1972, Marin County Day School, 1972-1974, Northern California Service League, 1975-1976, American Petroleum Institute, since 1984, National Crime Prevention Council, since 1982. Alumni trustee Princeton University, 1976-1980. Member visiting committee University chicago Law School, 1977-1979, u.Mich.

Law School, 1977-1981. Board visitors J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, 1981-1983, Stanford Law School, 1983-1986. Trustee Town School for Boys, 1972-1980,president 1975-1980.

Governor San Fransciso Symphony Association, since 1974. Member national advisory board Center for National Policy, since 1982. Board directors National Council Crime and Deliquency, 1981-1982,National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense and Education Fund, since 1982.

Parish chancellor St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 1968-1971, senior warden, 1974-1976. Member executive council San Francisco Deanery, 1969-1970. Member diocesan council Episcopal Diocese of California, 1970.

Chairman Diocesan Convention, 1977, 78, 79. Served with United States Navy, 1946-1948, 1st lieutenant United States Army, 1952-1953. Fellow American Bar Foundation.

Member American Bar Association (council member section antitrust law 19778-82, vice c hmn. section antitrust law 1982-1983), San Francisco Bar Association (past board directors), Association General Counsel, State Bar California, American Judicature Society, American College Trial Lawyers (president 1995-1996), American Law Institute, Council Foreign Relations, Order of Coif, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Phi.


Married Susan Wheelock, June 28, 1952 (divorced June 1984). Children: Taylor Allison Ingham, Charles Robin, Todd Wheelock, James Bartlett. Married Barbara Jones Orser, October 6, 1984.

5 stepchildren.

Charles Warren Renfrew

Louise (McGuire) Renfrew

Susan Wheelock

Barbara Jones Orser

Taylor Allison Ingham Renfrew

Charles Robin Renfrew

Todd Wheelock Renfrew

James Bartlett Renfrew