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Charles B. Casper
Philadelphia Office

123 South Broad Street
Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19109

P: 215-772-7223
F: 215-731-3750

Biography

Charles B. Casper is chair of Montgomery McCracken’s Class Action Defense practice. His practice emphasizes the defense of consumer and antitrust class actions, computer software and hardware litigation, insurance coverage litigation, complex commercial litigation and environmental litigation.

Since 1993, Chuck has served as class action counsel to Microsoft Corporation in class actions in federal and state courts across the country, including consumer and indirect-purchaser antitrust class actions.

Courts in California, Washington, New York, New Jersey, Texas, Illinois, Louisiana, Alabama and Colorado have dismissed nationwide class actions on motion or denied nationwide class certification in cases involving Microsoft’s most widely used software, hardware and services: Windows Vista, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98, Windows 95 (two cases), MS-DOS 6.0 (three cases), the Microsoft Network (MSN) (five cases), Xbox (four cases) and Zune. Courts in Michigan and Maine denied statewide class certification in three indirect-purchaser antitrust cases challenging Microsoft Windows and Office. Several of these cases have resulted in published opinions.

Chuck has also represented companies and their directors in a variety of other industries including computer hardware and software, pharmaceuticals, health care, retailing, heavy truck manufacturing, lease financing, and alarm systems in class actions and significant individual cases.

He also serves as an editor of the firm’s Ahead of the Class blog, which focuses on issues related to class action defense, addressing current cases and decisions, trends and strategies associated with class action law.

Chuck has been a member of the firm’s Management Committee.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

Community Involvement

Chuck chairs the Philadelphia Local Board of the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which awards the annual congressional appropriation of McKinney Act funds to local food, shelter and emergency assistance agencies. He served as chair of the board of directors of Partners for Sacred Places, a national organization headquartered in Philadelphia that brings the historic preservation and religious communities together, from 2003 to 2006 and served on the board from 1999 to 2007 and again beginning in 2015. He was a guest professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Utah in 1980 and served as associate pastor of the Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia from 1985 to 1989. He was a consultant to a committee of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) on church-state relations.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the field of Class Actions and Mass Torts since 2005
  • Received the United Way Committed Community Volunteer Award in 2005 from the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, the organization’s highest tribute to an individual who volunteers on standing committees and has made major contributions to the United Way’s activities

Academic Achievements

Chuck received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1977 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale University in 1974. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary, awarded in 1985.