Charles Delbaum is a senior staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center in Boston, focusing on class action litigation, and has been counsel in dozens of consumer class action cases that have been brought to a successful conclusion. He also is co-author and editor of NCLC’s Consumer Class Actions manual and contributing author to the most recent editions of Fair Debt Collection, Credit Discrimination and Fair Credit Reporting. He is a frequent presenter at national conferences on consumer law topics, such as The Future of Consumer Class Actions, NYU Law School Symposium (November 2014); Ethical Issues in Fair Debt Collection, Fair Debt Collection Conference, San Antonio, TX (March, 2014); Emerging Issues in Debt Collection, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), November, 2013; FDCPA Protections against Zombie Debt, National Association of Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Austin, TX, July, 2012.
Immediately prior to joining NCLC, Charles was Director of Litigation at New Orleans Legal Assistance, where he litigated class cases for public benefits and received the Louisiana Lifetime Public Interest Award in 2000. Earlier, he was a staff attorney in the law reform division of the Cleveland Legal Aid Society specializing in nursing home patient rights, a founding partner of a small social justice-oriented firm in Cleveland, Ohio, and a U.S. District Court law clerk in Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.