Charles A. Samuels: Lawyer with Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Charles A. Samuels


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Practice Areas

  • Antitrust
  • Government Law & Contracts
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Environmental Law
  • Product Risk Management & Response
  • Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofits
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Health Care
  • Energy & Clean Technology
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.434.7311
Fax: 202-434-7400
University University of Virginia, B.A., 1975
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia, LL.B., 1978
Admitted1978, Illinois; 1981, District of Columbia

Professional & Community Involvement:
•Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
•Member, American Bar Association


Chuck is engaged in a federal and international regulatory and legislative practice. He has been extensively involved in product safety, environmental, tax, health care, technology, and energy issues, and public finance legislative and regulatory matters for a variety of trade associations, corporations, local governments, and state agencies.

His practice encompasses work before the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, Departments of State, Health and Human Services, Energy, and Treasury, US Trade Representative, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, the IRS, and other federal and state agencies. He also has extensive experience dealing with Canada, the European Commission, and international bodies.

Chuck also engages in trade association representation and antitrust counseling. As general counsel of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Chuck negotiated and drafted the amendments to the Consumer Product Safety Act and the National Appliance Energy Conservation Act, and represents the appliance industry at international bodies dealing with safety, energy, ozone depletion, and global warming.

Before joining Mintz Levin, Chuck practiced regulatory law with a law firm in Chicago and then worked in the Executive Office of the President before entering private practice in Washington.


•Quoted in Hillary Clinton's Higher Education Proposal Could Hurt Munis, The Bond Buyer (08.21.2015)
•Quoted in Product Safety Recalls Create New Breed of Compliance Concerns, Compliance Week (07.21.2015)
•Quoted in No Muni Recommendations in Tax-Reform Working Group Reports, The Bond Buyer (07.09.2015)
•Quoted in Congressman Tom Reed; a Former Mayor and Muni Supporter, Bond Buyer (06.03.2015)
• Mintz Levin Attorney Charles A. Samuels Receives Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers' Chairman's Partnership Award, (04.29.2015)
•Quoted in Bill in House Would raise the Limit to $30M for Bank-Qualified Bonds, The Bond Buyer (07.31.2014)
•Quoted in Buckyballs Deal Leaves Execs Fearful of Next CPSC Move, Law360 (05.13.2014)
•Quoted in CPSC Budget Seeks More Than FY 2014; Imports, Hazard Identification among Goals, BNA's Product Safety & Liability Reporter (03.04.2014)
•Quoted in Companies Fear CPSC's New Transparency Will Fuel Lawsuits, Law360 (02.19.2014)
•Quoted in Product Liability Regulation to Watch in 2014, Law360 (01.01.2014)
•Quoted in Outlook 2014: Movement on Tax Reform Possible in 2014, But Little Chance of Enactment, The Bond Buyer (12.27.2013)
•Quoted in CPSC Proposal Risks Delaying Recalls, Alienating Companies, Law360 (11.15.2013)
•Quoted in Voluntary Recall Agreements Would Be Legally Binding Under CPSC Proposed Rule, BNA Product Safety & Liability Reporter (11.14.2013)
•Quoted in Budget Agreement Could Address Sequestration, Tax Reform, The Bond Buyer (10.18.2013)
•Quoted in SEC MA Rule Mostly Applauded, The Bond Buyer (09.20.2013)
• Mintz Levin Forms Dedicated Product Risk Management & Response Practice, (09.03.2013)
•Quoted in Senators Asked to Defend Tax Breaks, The Bond Buyer (06.27.2013)
•Quoted in Panel Eyes Options to Curb Munis, The Bond Buyer (05.16.2013)
•Featured in Mintz Levin Adds CPSC Chief of Staff to Product Safety Group, Law360 (05.14.2013)
• Chief of Staff to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman To Join Mintz Levin in Washington, DC, (05.13.2013)
•Quoted in Obama May Not Get Much Support, The Bond Buyer (04.02.2013)
•Quoted in Murray Prompts Muni Fears, The Bond Buyer (01.28.2013)
•Proposed 28% Cap Could Force Redemption of Billions of Debt, The Bond Buyer (01.14.2013)
•Quoted in Muni Risk Reduced in Near Term, The Bond Buyer (01.08.2013)
•Quoted in Deal Nets Short-Term Muni Relief, The Bond Buyer (01.03.2013)
•Quoted in Deal Nets Short-Term Muni Relief, The Bond Buyer (01.03.2013)
•Quoted in Market Fears Grow that Fiscal Cliff Deal Will Include Cap on Tax Exemption, The Bond Buyer (12.17.2012)
•Quoted in Sandy Relief Package Does Not Include Muni Provisions, The Bond Buyer (12.10.2012)
•Quoted in Election Ups Muni Threats, The Bond Buyer (11.08.2012)
•Quoted in Muni Pros Offer Mixed Views on Candidates, The Bond Buyer (10.05.2012)
•Quoted in Hensarling in Line for Key Chair, The Bond Buyer (09.26.2012)
•Quoted in Congress Faces Raft of Issues, The Bond Buyer (09.10.2012)
•Quoted in SEC's Conduit Proposal Would Bypass Top Defaulters, The Bond Buyer (08.22.2012)
•Quoted in Dold Bill Passes, But More Changes Likely, The Bond Buyer (08.02.2012)
•Quoted in SEC Taps Treasury's John Cross to Head New Muni Office, The Bond Buyer (08.02.2012)
•Quoted in Senate Tax Bill Would Revive Several Muni Provisions, The Bond Buyer (08.02.2012)
•Quoted in Grassley Questions Use of Some Munis, The Bond Buyer (07.26.2012)
•Quoted in Conferees Drop Muni Provisions from Highway Bill, The Bond Buyer (06.29.2012)
•Quoted in Bill Seeks to Permanently Raise Bank-Qualified Limit, The Bond Buyer (05.11.2012)
•Quoted in A Struggle for Muni Measures in Highway Bill, The Bond Buyer (04.24.2012)
•Quoted in Senate OKs Highway Bill As Focus Shifts to House, The Bond Buyer (03.16.2012)
•Quoted in Uncertain Future for Some Muni Provisions, The Bond Buyer (03.16.2012)
•Quoted in Glass Fireplace Makers Seek CPSC Help in Education Efforts, Product Safety Letter (01.30.2012)
•Quoted in Obama Jobs Act Seen as Potentially Hiking Borrowing Costs, Modern Healthcare (09.13.2011)
•Quoted in On the Chopping Block: Municipal Bonds Could be Seen as Part of Deficit Fix, Modern Healthcare (08.08.2011)
•Quoted in Market Eyes Long-Term Impact of Debt Agreement, The Bond Buyer (08.02.2011)
•Quoted in Dodd-Frank Sparks Anxiety Issues, The Bond Buyer (07.13.2011)
• Mintz Levin Attorney Charles A. Samuels Testifies Before House on Bill to Revise Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, (04.07.2011)
•Quoted in Exempt Health Care Entities Looking for SEC to Clarify Municipal Adviser Registration Rule, BNA's Health Law Reporter (02.17.2011)
•Quoted in The SEC and Tax-Exempt Borrowers, (01.24.2011)
• Mintz Levin Petitions Consumer Product Safety Commission on Behalf of Intertek and the American Apparel and Footwear Association for More Efficient Lab Testing Practices, (07.14.2009)
•Quoted in Toy Soldiers: Businesses struggle to comply with safety rules, National Law Journal (06.08.2009)
• Mintz Levin Establishes Practice Group Dedicated to Landmark Consumer Product Safety Commission Legislation, (07.30.2008)
• Mintz Levin Provides Critical Guidance to Manufacturers and Retailers as U.S. Senate Passes Consumer Product Safety Act Reauthorization, (03.07.2008)
• Mintz Levin Attorneys Named to List of 2007 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, (04.19.2007)


•Co-author, CPSC Major 'Repair Program' Is Not Labeled a 'Recall', Law360 (08.07.2015)
•Co-author, CPSC Proposal Set to Expand Company Disclosures, Law360 (02.25.2014)
•Co-author, CPSC Approves $3.9 Million Penalty and Imposition of Compliance Program for National Retail Chain, Consumer Product Safety Alert (07.17.2013)
•Co-author, A Book on Books: SDNY Issues 160-Page Opinion Declaring that Apple Violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act by Conspiring to Raise E-Book Prices, Antitrust Advisory (07.15.2013)
•Co-author, New Children's Product Testing and Certification Rule Set to Impact Manufacturers and Importers on February 8, Consumer Product Safety Alert (02.04.2013)
•Co-author, CPSC Issues Final Interpretative Rule on Definition of “Children's Product”, Consumer Product Safety Alert (10.18.2010)

Speaking Engagements

•Speaker, CPSC Update - Recent OGC Enforcement Guidelines and Trends in Civil Penalty Cases, Product Safety Committee Meeting, Retail Industry Leaders Association, Washington, DC (09.10.2015)
•Speaker, What to Expect from the CPSC in 2015, Retail Industry Leaders Association - Product Safety Committee Meeting, Orlando, FL (02.23.2015)
•Faculty, Recent Trends in Product Safety Enforcement, 2014 Product Safety Management Certificate Course, 2014 Product Safety Management Certificate Course at Saint Louis University's Center for Supply Chain Management Studies (05.22.2014)
•Speaker, Consumer Product Safety Enforcement Trends, Mintz Levin, Webinar (09.12.2013)
•Panelist, Managing Company Risk of Administrative Actions, Working Around the CPSC Database, and Responding to Aggressive Investigations, Consumer Products Regulation & Litigation Conference, American Conference Institute, Chicago, IL (06.26.2013)
•Speaker, Navigating CPSC: The Experts' View, Product Safety Letter, Webinar (12.14.2011)
•Panelist, Washington, DC Advocacy Update, NAHEFFA Spring Conference, National Association of Health and Educational Facilities Finance Authorities, Charleston, SC (04.14.2011)
•Speaker, The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act: Ready or Not?, HB Litigation Conference (04.15.2010)

Recognitions & Awards

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


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2015 Omnibus Provides $123 Million in Funding for the CPSC with No User Fee Authorization; Report Language Focuses on Test Burden Reduction, Import Surveillance, and Report on “Auto-Update” Mechanism for CPSC Safety Standards
Matthew R. Howsare,Charles A. Samuels, December 16, 2014
Update: After some uncertainty, Congress passed and the President is expected to sign the 2015 Omnibus bill into law.

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Charles A. Samuels

701 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
WashingtonDC 20004-2608


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