Chuck is a graduate of Dartmouth College and attended law school at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. He worked for the Washington State Attorney General's Office and a larger Tacoma law firm before joining Arvid Anderson to form Anderson, Burns & Hostnik, the predecessor firm to Curiale Hostnik PLLC.
Chuck practices in both State and Federal Courts, as well as many Tribal Courts. Chuck is a retired Tribal Court Judge, having acted for 16 years as a judge on specific cases for 32 different Indian Tribes located in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. Chuck has also been appointed as a Special Master Judge for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe in Connecticut. On occasion, Chuck is still appointed by Tribes to act as a trial or appellate judge.
In addition to Indian law, Chuck has an active personal injury and business and corporate practice. He also handles construction litigation, probate, and real estate matters.
Chuck has been a contributing author to "Washington Practice,” a multi-volume reference publication used by attorneys throughout Washington State. In addition, he has been a speaker and instructor at several legal seminars and training sessions. For several years he was an annual Guest Speaker on Indian Law at the University of Washington at Tacoma. He has been listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, and several other Who's Who publications for several years.
Chuck is a member of the American Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and the National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. He is a former member of the Northwest Tribal Court Judges Association and the North American Indian Judges Association.