About Us


Corinna M.W. Charlton is the principal of Charlton Equine Law.  A lifelong horse woman raised in a riding and ranching family, she is excited to serve the legal needs of those in the equine field. Corinna began riding at the age of five and has competed in dressage, collegiate polo, and hunter/jumpers, and achieved her H-A national ranking in the United States Pony Club.

It was through horses that Corinna developed the skills of perseverance, competitive drive, and endurance, and these same skills translate directly into her legal practice. She continuously strives to help the equine community reduce liability, contract fairly, and resolve disputes quickly, so that we can all spend more of our energy in riding and competing, and not embroiled in interminable legal conflict.

As an equine owner and competitor for over twenty years, I know the horse industry inside and out.  My great love for horses and the equine community drives my goal to help other riders and horse owners avoid and minimize the legal conflicts that arise in our great sport.  I have found that many of the  common problems that horse owners face, such as disputes over horse sales or training fees, can be prevented by straightforward legal solutions.  Furthermore, I love helping other horse aficionados meet their equine business goals, whether it is starting a limited liability polo club, a breeding business, or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  I opened Charlton Equine Law as a combination of my passion for both horses and the law, and to offer my services to other owners and riders so that you can leave legal issues to me, and spend more time doing what you love with your horses.  Almost anyone can become a lawyer, but it takes a lawyer steeped in equine experience to make a great equine lawyer.  Charlton Equine Law promises to work diligently to make sure your equine life is as conflict-free and enjoyable as possible.

Recent Client Reviews:

Thank you for the Stable Lease Agreement.  I already was aware of your horse expertise but reading thru the Lease further highlights your proficiency.

Corinna is an equine law specialist and a has much more experience with equine lease negotiations than [other lawyer's name], so that has been helpful for me, and she is also a very conciliatory, negotiation oriented person.

 She picks up her phone fast when she’s available.

I’m so glad I found you! (Client found me on LinkedIn)

Corinna’s good with words…about how we shape it so we set it up most productively. (Regarding a written release of veterinary records in a horse lameness dispute)

  • Legal Credentials:

  • California Bar Admission
  • Kentucky Bar Admission
  • Judicial Clerkship, Marin Superior Court
  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of California, Hastings College of Law, 3L visiting student
  • Admitted to practice in all California and Kentucky state courts
  • Admitted to the U.S. District Court of Northern California
  • American College of Equine Attorneys content manager
  • Yearly attendance at the National Equine Legal Conference in Lexington, KY
  • Author of the blog Ribbons and Red Tape, a free, resource-rich source for equestrians
  • Member of American Bar Association, Agricultural Law Committee
  • Equine Credentials:

  • Horse owner and competitor for over twenty years
  • Member and President of Westmont College intercollegiate polo team
  • Nationally ranked as an H-A (traditional) in the United States Pony Club
  • First-place Tetrathalon team member at USPC Nationals in Lexington, KY
  • Top five placing in USPC Western Regionals Dressage
  • Active competitor on the hunter/jumper California show circuit
    • Language Skills:

    • Conversational written and spoken Spanish
    • Pro Bono

    • Local horse rescues