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Admitted to the bar in Massachussetts
Charles is a scholar and teacher of evidence and the American jury. Charles began litigating cases with Camara & Sibley when the firm was founded and joined the firm in 2010. He has been involved in a variety of intellectual-property matters, including litigation against Apple, Google, and the Recording Industry Association of America.
Charles earned his A.B. in mathematics from Harvard College and his J.D. summa cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he earned the Sears Prize twice and received the Fay Diploma. After law school, he served as a special assistant in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice and a law clerk to Justice Harlan. He joined the faculty of Harvard Law School in 1966, received tenure in 1969, served as associate dean from 1979 to 1982, founded the Berkman Center for Internet & Society in 1997, and is currently the William F. Weld Professor of Law.
Charles litigated Eldred v. Ashcroft, Barclays Bank PLC v. Franchise Tax Board, Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, and Johnson v. Robinson in the Supreme Court of the United States. He also served as counsel for the plaintiffs in Anderson v. Cryovac, the mass-tort case that gave rise to the book and movie A Civil Action and in which he earned the nickname Billion-Dollar Charlie, and as counsel to Daniel Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case.
Charles is also working on a project to apply technology from Casi Labs to personal digital archives.