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.

Recognitions & Awards

•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent


•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, 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)


•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


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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.

CPSC Clarifies Changes to Monthly Recall Report Form
Matthew Cohen,Matthew R. Howsare,Charles A. Samuels, October 20, 2014
In May, we advised readers conducting recalls that the CPSC’snew monthly “recall progress report” form may catch you by surprise. Among other changes, the form included new provisions requesting companies to report recall notification statistics on social media platforms like...

CPSC Gets it Right: Unanimously Regulates High-Powered Magnet Sets Through New Safety Standard
Matthew Cohen,Matthew R. Howsare,Charles A. Samuels, October 10, 2014
We do not typically take positions on product specific issues pending before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”), but the CPSC’s new safety standard for magnet sets demonstrates both why the agency exists and how it can use its regulatory authority to protect...

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Charles A. Samuels

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


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