Charles D. Siegal, a longtime litigation partner with Munger, Tolles & Olson, passed away on Sunday, August 26. He was 66.
A beloved, engaging and respected colleague, Mr. Siegal joined Munger Tolles in 1977. His practice of more than three decades focused on commercial litigation, including insurance disputes, electric industry regulation and patent law. He was passionate about disability rights and international law issues. Mr. Siegal was also a devoted member of the community, integral to numerous civic organizations.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear partner and long-time friend,” name partner Ronald L. Olson said. “Chuck was an outstanding lawyer and a courageous and kind human being. He will be missed by his colleagues, his clients and his community.”
Mr. Siegal was a past president of the Disability Rights Legal Center, which annually presents The Charles D. Siegal President’s Award to an individual, group or organization that has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of people with disabilities.
In 2009, he received an award from the Legal Aid Association of California for his service on the DRLC’s board and his career-long dedication to the rights of people with disabilities. Mr. Siegal co-authored the seminal casebook in disability law, Disability Civil Rights Law, and a treatise of the same name. He was a contributing author to the Encyclopedia of Disability. Earlier this year, Mr. Siegal presented at the Zero Project Conference in Vienna – “International Conference on Good Policies for Persons with Disabilities” – which was organized in partnership with the World Future Council.
Mr. Siegal had leadership roles within the American Branch of the International Law Association, including as chair of the executive committee, member of the human rights committee and, most recently, as honorary vice president. In that role, he participated in the preparation of amicus briefs in cases involving allegations of the violation of the Vienna Convention on the Consular Relations (Paraguay v. Gilmore) and of the U.S.-Mexico Extradition Treaty (United States v. Alvarez-Machain). He was also a member of the executive council of the American Society of International Law.
He taught environmental law at Stanford Law School. He was a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and chaired a number of its committees, including the amicus briefs committee and the legislative activity committee. Mr. Siegal served on the boards of the East Los Angeles Association of Retarded Citizens and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.
A Pittsburgh native, Mr. Siegal received his J.D. from Stanford Law School (1975), having previously received his undergraduate degree and a Ph.D. in physics from Carnegie Mellon University. Following law school, he clerked for one year for the Honorable Shirley M. Hufstedler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and then spent one year in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State. He became a partner at Munger Tolles in 1982.
He is survived by his loving wife Sandra and their daughter Anne and son-in-law Peter Milano; his sister Eleanor Siegal; and his brother William “Billy” Siegal.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Disability Rights Legal Center or Carnegie Melon University. Donations to the DRLC can be made online at www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org or mailed to 800 South Figueroa St., Suite 1120, Los Angeles, CA 90017. Please designate to the “Siegal Fund.” Donations to Carnegie Melon University can be made online at https://www.cmu.edu/campaign/ways/online.html?PCH=A0703 or mailed to P.O. Box 371525 Pittsburg, PA 15251-7525. Please designate to the “Charles Siegal Memorial Fund.”