Charley was born in 1980 and raised in the Polk County town of Dallas, Oregon. His mother’s family operated a leather tannery using a natural vegetable tanning process, which was the only tannery of its type West of the Mississippi River. Prior to law school, Charley worked in construction, food service, as a medical courier and in a printed circuit board assembly plant. Charley has been with Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton since 2004 when he started as a clerk on the personal injury team. His experience at the firm inspired him to attend law school.
After earning his B.A. in philosophy at Portland State University, Charley graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law in 2010. During law school, he held leadership positions in the Student Oregon Trial Lawyers Association and the Torts and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. Charley was also awarded the James T. Landye Scholarship, based on scholastic ability and his interest in trial law and labor law. He is a member of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, Public Justice Foundation and the National Lawyers Guild. He also serves on the board of directors of Umbrella, a non-profit consortium of community groups. Charley and his wife live in the Creston-Kenilworth neighborhood in SE Portland. He is a diehard bicycle commuter.