Charles D. Ferris, Esq.

Charles Ferris

Title: Senior Partner (Retired)
Company: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo
Location: Chevy Chase, Maryland, United States

Charles D. Ferris, Esq., Retired Senior Partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in communications law.

Amassing nearly six decades of professional experience in the legal industry, Mr. Ferris is a prominent and venerated attorney whose vast wealth of knowledge has made significant changes within his field. Retired since 2013, he formerly served as a senior partner at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo from 1981 to 2013, where he specialized in communications, telecommunications antitrust, and antitrust and federal regulatory. He previously acted as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission from 1977 to 1981, where under his administration, the FCC established several policies in telecommunications services that are strictly followed in the modern era. Prior to these appointments, he was general counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Thomas P. O’Neil in 1977, chief counsel for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mansfield from 1963 to 1976, and a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1961 to 1963.

Likewise, Mr. Ferris was an assistant professor of naval science at Harvard University from 1958 to 1960 and a research physicist at Sperry Gyroscope Company from 1954 to 1955. A former board of directors member of Cablevision, he also served his community, having been a trustee of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation and associate trustee of Boston College.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Mr. Ferris pursued a formal education at Boston College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in physics in 1954. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve, rising to the rank of junior grade lieutenant from 1955 to 1960. Thereafter, he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Boston College in 1961, where he was a member of the Boston College Law Review. Later on in his career, he completed a Graduate Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 1971. As such, he was admitted to practice by the Supreme Judicial Court in the State of Massachusetts and in the District of Columbia.

Mr. Ferris is the pronounced co-author of “Cable Television Law: A Video Communications Practice Guide,” a three-volume legal treatise regarding new communications technologies and published in 1983. From 1984 to 2006, he also served as a reviewer for the book. In addition, in an effort to remain aware of changes within the field, he maintains affiliation with the District of Columbia Bar Association.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to the legal industry, Mr. Ferris has accrued several accolades throughout the course of his career. From 2006 to 2017, he was named among the Best Lawyers in America in Communications Law. In addition, he was highlighted in Chambers USA: District of Columbia in telecom, broadcast and satellite from 2004 to 2007. Earning an AV Preeminent Peer Reviewed Rating through Martindale-Hubbell, he has also been selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World. He was presented with an honorary doctorate from Boston College in 1978.

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