Charles E. Townsend
Class of 1948

Founding Partner, Townsend & Townsend (now Kilpatrick Townsend)

Orinda, CA

Townsend & Townsend became one of the most respected patent law firms in the world. The firm was among the first and most qualified to represent many Silicon Valley startups in the emerging technology industry. Charles became and remained the leading litigator in the firm over 55 years of trial practice in many federal trial and appellate courts throughout the country. Later, he became both locally and nationally credited by his peers as a leading pioneer in reinstituting the option to trial by jury in patent and intellectual property cases.