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Charles D. Ferris

Charlie Ferris

With immense sadness, we announce the death of the firm’s Name Member and former Washington, DC office head, Charles D. Ferris. Charlie passed away peacefully on February 16, 2024, in the presence of his beloved family. 

A longtime aid to Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield, Charlie played a key role in the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Voting Rights Act of 1965, and Lyndon Johnson's Great Society legislation. 

In 1977 Charlie was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to chair the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) where he served until joining Mintz as a Name Member in 1981. 

During his 32-year career at Mintz, from 1981-2013, Charlie was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Communications practice and growing its Washington, DC office. 

We are grateful for Charlie’s countless contributions to our clients, our people, our culture, and the communities that Mintz serves. We will remember him as a distinguished lawyer, trusted colleague, and cherished friend.