It is with great pleasure that I announce that my colleague and friend Matt Howsare has been elected to the membership of Mintz effective April 1, 2016.
In the 2.8 (Matt is very detail oriented) years that Matt has been at Mintz, Matt has proven to be a superb, creative and dedicated lawyer to a range of clients. As co-chair of our consumer product regulatory practice, he has zealously advocated for a range of clients large and small, retailers, manufacturers, importers, and testing labs, while never losing that Southern courtly, mannerly style (in contrast to my more brusque, get-to-the-point Northerner style). His transition from one of the youngest chiefs of staff for any federal agency to a great asset for the regulated community has been seamless. Those who have received his 2 AM emails will be delighted to know that he has finally met his match in his lovely new daughter whose hours are even more extreme (but she will grow out of it).
The firm and I could not be more delighted about Matt's elevation to partner, and I look forward to many more productive years together. It is a relatively small CPSC community, and I know my colleagues in the advocacy community, and at the Commission, companies and law firms join me in congratulating Matt and his family on this well-deserved career milestone.
Member / Co-chair, Retail and Consumer Products
Chuck is an antitrust and regulatory lawyer who devotes a significant portion of his practice to assisting clients with consumer product safety and environmental regulations. He serves as general counsel to numerous trade associations. For the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, Chuck negotiated and drafted amendments to federal laws, including the Consumer Product Safety Act. Corporations in many industries, local governments, and state agencies are also on his client roster. He represents clients before a wide array of federal agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), state agencies, and international regulatory organizations.
Chuck is engaged in a federal and international regulatory and legislative practice. He has been extensively involved in product safety, product recall issues, 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, 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.