Charles W. Froehlich, Jr. was born on December 5, 1928, in San Jose, California. After attending elementary schools in Fullerton, California, he graduated from Fullerton Union High School in 1947. Four years later, he graduated from Stanford University which a bachelor of arts degree in economics. He then attended the University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, graduating in 1956, Order of the Coif, after having been editor of the California Law Review from 1955 to 1956. On December 19, 1956, he was admitted to the California Bar. From 1957 to 1965, he taught law in various capacities including as an acting professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law (1963-1965), an assistant professor in business Law at San Diego State College (1960-1961), and as a part-time lecturer at California Western University (1961) and the University of San Diego School of Law (1957-1960). He was in private practice until Governor Ronald Reagan appointed him to the San Diego County Superior Court, effective March 14, 1972. On April 12, 1982, he resigned from the Superior Court and returned to private law practice where he remained until Governor George Deukmejian appointed him to a newly-created position on Division One of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District on August 12, 1988. Following confirmation and administering of the oath, the appointment took effect on October 13, 1988. He retired from the Court on August 1, 1995, and is engaged in private dispute resolution.