Charles “Chip” Becker is a partner Kline & Specter, PC who concentrates in post-trial and appellate practice.  He was previously a partner in the Philadelphia office of Reed Smith LLP.  A graduate of Williams College and Yale Law School, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  Becker serves on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Appellate Courts Procedural Rules Committee, which advises the Supreme Court on the promulgation and revision of Pennsylvania appellate rules.  He serves on the adjunct faculty and teaches appellate advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He also serves on the advisory board for a leading treatise on Pennsylvania evidence law, Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence.

Becker served for three years as the Chair of the Appellate Courts Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association.  He currently serves as an officer of the Third Circuit Bar Association.  He is a member of the American Law Institute.  He is an active member of the Yale Law School Alumni Association and formerly an officer of the Association.   He was an officer of the Third Circuit Historical Association, and has been appointed by the Third Circuit Judicial Counsel to serve on the Merit Selection Commission for the appointment of new bankruptcy judges in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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Becker was named as among the Best Lawyers in America by the independent peer-review rating service for 2013-2018. He also was selected among the best attorneys in Pennsylvania by Super Lawyers from 2011-2017 and previously was chosen by that independent rating service as a "Rising Star,” considered among the best 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state 40 or younger.  In 2006, Becker was named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track” by American Lawyer Media.  Additionally, Becker has an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

At Kline & Specter, Becker has primary responsibility for the firm’s post-trial and appellate litigation.  Becker has briefed and argued cases in all of Pennsylvania’s appellate courts and in several federal appellate courts, and has submitted amicus briefs in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court.

In addition to briefing and arguing post-trial motions and appeals, Becker regularly consults with the firm’s trial lawyers on procedural and substantive issues in ongoing cases to help shape litigation and trial strategy.  He is commonly involved in case selection; the briefing and oral argument of venue and jurisdiction motions, summary judgment motions, and evidentiary motions.  He supports the firm’s lawyers on matters as they arise in the midst of trial.  He works with them to achieve settlement, and assists with lien resolution when a case has concluded.

Becker works in a wide range of substantive areas given the broad nature of Kline  Specter’s practice.  These areas include medical malpractice, product liability, workplace injuries, civil rights, insurance coverage, and mass tort litigation involving pharmaceutical and medical devices.   He has dealt with many issues within these fields, including the construction and constitutionality of relevant Pennsylvania statutes, the qualification of expert witnesses and admissibility of expert testimony, and federal preemption of state-law claims, and the scope of federal jurisdiction over such claims.

Becker lectures frequently at continuing legal education programs on substantive issues and on handling civil appeals.  He is a chapter co-author of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Third Circuit Practice Guide and a contributor to the Third Circuit Bar Association’s Practice Guide for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.  

Becker is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, the Third Circuit Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association, the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice.

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