General Counsel

Charles Hernan Carreon currently advises and represents the North American Association of Visionary Churches as their General Counsel.  He also advises member churches to the NAAVC, including the Arizona Yagé Assembly.  His legal work is exclusive to NAAVC member churches and their congregation members. 

Carreon was born in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Oregon State College.  Carreon earned his J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law in 1986.  He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1987, and the Oregon State Bar in 1993. He was admitted to the bar for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1987, the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 1995, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 2009. 

Carreon was at one time best known for his part directing the legal team that successfully litigated the Sex.com domain-name property-rights case.  Following the theft of the domain name sex.com, Carreon was the first attorney to successfully litigate domain names as property, eventually earning a $65 million judgement in 2001.  In 2008, Carreon published his account of events in his book The Sex.com Chronicles.

Experience 

General Counsel, North American Association of Visionary Churches

Jan 2014 to present
Locations: Tucson, Arizona, California

Charles Carreon’s role as General Counsel for NAAVC evolved from several years of representing the Arizona Yage Assembly (AYA) in the role of legal advisor and operational consultant. Currently supervising NAAVC and AYA as plaintiffs in litigation against the Drug Enforcement Administration and other government agencies in the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. 

Online Media Law PLLC

Dates Employed Jan 2000 – Jan 2014
Employment Duration: 14 yrs 1 mo
Location: United States
Counselor and litigator for firm. 

CJA Panel Attorney

Federal Public Defender
Dates Employed 1995 – 1999
Employment Duration: 4 yrs
Location Ashland, Oregon

Contract Federal Public Defender representing indigent criminal defendants indicted for federal felonies in the District of Oregon, eg., controlled substance charges, bank robberies, and immigration violations. Two one-week jury trials in Medford and Eugene. 

Deputy DA, Jackson County, Oregon

Jackson County, Oregon District Attorney’s Office
Dates Employed Jan 1994 – Mar 1995
Employment Duration: 1 yr 3 mos
Location Medford, Oregon

Prosecuted domestic violence, assaults, DUI’s and theft cases. Tried numerous jury and bench trials to guilty verdict.

Trial Attorney

Mazursky, Schwartz & Angelo, Los Angeles, CA
Dates Employed Dec 1990 – Apr 1993
Employment Duration: 2 yrs 5 mos
Managed independent caseload of employment, insurance, and personal injury cases for top-knotch LA plaintiff’s trial firm, trying four major cases in various Southern California courts, three to liability verdicts.

Charles Carreon Contact Info:
Email: chascarreon@naavc.org
Tel: 1-415-506-9871