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Charlie Warner, Founding Partner


Did you know that long-time Walthew partner, Charlie Warner, in addition to dedicating his legal career fighting for the rights of the people of Washington State, is also a decorated World War II veteran?

He entered the Army in June 1941 after graduating from the University of Washington. As an infantry company officer, Charlie landed in North Africa on November 8th, 1942, fighting against General Rommel’s troops through Tunisia until the Germans surrendered in May of 1943. Charlie moved on to the Italian campaign and landed in Sicily on July 10, 1943. He fought until combat ended there in mid-August 1943.

Charlie was part of the D-Day invasion of France and landed on Omaha Beach June 6, 1944. He and his battalion chased the Germans through France, encountering heavy counter attack along the way. In one such battle on the Mons-Charleroi highway, the Germans penetrated the Allied lines in several places resulting in hand-to-hand combat. By late September, Charlie was on the outskirts of Aachen, Germany, just across the Belgium-German border. He ended his front-line career in a hospital in Liege, Belgium.

Upon returning to the States, Charlie went back to school, obtaining a law degree from the University of Washington. Following graduation, Charlie joined The Walthew Law Firm (then known as Stephenson & Gershon) in 1947. Renowned attorney John Walthew joined the firm as a partner several months later at which time the firm name became Walthew & Gershon.

In the early 1950s, the firm name changed to Walthew, Gershon & Warner, recognizing Charlie’s outstanding contribution to the firm.

Charlie was soon joined by Tom Keefe, Gene Arron, John Costello, and Bob Thompson forming a tight-knit group of attorneys who practiced together until the mid-1980s.

As the founding partners retired, they were replaced by a new group of attorneys including Chris Eagan (retired), Tom Thompson, Kathleen Kindred, Mike Costello, Jon Winemiller and most recently Patrick Cook forming a new generation of tight-knit partners.

The Walthew Law Firm consists of accomplished Workers’ Compensation Lawyers, and has since before 1940, representing many thousands of injured workers over the decades. Charlie has been a constant throughout that time. Although now retired, he maintains an office at The Walthew Law Firm. Charlie and his dog Nicky continue to come to the office regularly. At 97 years old, that is no small accomplishment!

An article by Mike Costello of The Walthew Law Firm.


Mike Costello is a partner at The Walthew Law Firm. He exclusively represents injured and disabled people in Workers’ Compensation, Personal Injury, and Social Security Disability claims.

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