Charles Sandel

Deputy General Counsel – Business, Finance and Innovation

Charles Sandel joined UC Legal - Office of the General Counsel as Deputy General Counsel – Business, Finance and Innovation in April 2020.  He leads a diverse and experienced team of attorneys that support business transactions, joint ventures and collaborations, public finance, investments, intellectual property, laboratory affairs, energy, tax-exempt organizations, charitable giving and trusts & estates.

Prior to joining the University, Charlie counseled a variety of multinational corporations with international operations in areas including complex business transactions, intellectual property, finance, compliance and governance. 

Charlie previously has served as the General Counsel of American Eagle Outfitters and has thirteen years of experience with Levi Strauss & Co. where, as a member of various leadership teams, he served as the Chief Counsel and Regional Chief Compliance Officer for the Asia Pacific Division, the Regional General Counsel for the Americas, the first Chief Counsel for Legal and Regulatory Compliance, and as the Chief European Counsel.  Charlie was also a partner of Hoffman, Finney & Sandel, a San Francisco based firm specializing in real estate, corporate, partnership and business law, and was an associate in the property and finance department of the law firm Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego.