Curtis L. Charlson
Curtis L. Charlson, Elaine Charlson Bredehoft's
father, was the founding partner of the Minnesota law firm of
Charlson & Marben, P.A. Prior to retirement, Mr. Charlson was
admitted to practice in Minnesota. While in active practice in
Minnesota, Mr. Charlson enjoyed a long and successful career as a
trial attorney, in all areas of civil and criminal law, on the trial
and appellate levels. Mr. Charlson consulted with the firm on
selected civil litigation matters from April 1991 until his death on
October 30, 2010.
Mr. Charlson began his career by serving his country in World War II
in the Navy. While in the Navy in the 1940s, Mr. Charlson attended
communications school at Harvard and received his undergraduate
degree at Bowling Green University. He received his law degree in
1950 at the University of Minnesota. As a Naval Reserve Officer, Mr.
Charlson was recalled to serve during the Korean Conflict in March
1951, where he served as a Communications Officer with the Admiral
of the 7th Fleet in the Pacific. Upon his return from the Korean
Conflict, Mr. Charlson served as a member of the newly formed Judge
Advocate General (JAG) Corps of the Navy.
Mr. Charlson moved to Thief River Falls, Minnesota and began the
private practice of law in November 1959. Mr. Charlson was elected
as County Attorney for four years early in his career, but for most
of his practice, he was the senior member of his own law firm.
Mr. Charlson was active in the community; he was elected as the
first president of the Friends of the Library, president of the
Northwestern Hospital Board, Chairman of the School Board and served
on the First Federal Savings & Loan board.
Mr. Charlson was a well-respected trial lawyer throughout the state
of Minnesota, and was known to all for his integrity, sense of humor
and humility. He frequently championed the rights of those he
believed were not receiving their due in the world – especially
women’s rights. For example, his tenure with the School Board, Mr.
Charlson successfully brought girls’ sports to Thief River Falls.