Charles Walsh was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his B.S. from Fordham University, his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in economics from Fordham University.
Walsh began his career as a judicial clerk from 1967 to 1968 to the Honorable Thomas F. Croake, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He then served in the U.S. Army as a foreign training officer in South Korea from 1969 to 1970.
After leaving the U.S. Army, Walsh was a trial attorney at the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division until 1974 when he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Newark, New Jersey. In 1981, he became First Assistant to U.S. Attorney William Robertson. During this time, he received numerous awards, including the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Achievement Award in 1978, the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1978, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration Commissioner’s Special Citation in 1979, the U.S. Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award in 1980, and the Department of Justice Special Achievement Awards in 1981, 1976 and 1972.
After more than a decade of service in various positions within the U.S. Government, Walsh entered private practice. In 1982, Walsh joined Sills Cummis as a Member of the Firm, practicing antitrust, food and drug law, pharmaceutical product liability, criminal, employment and environmental law. He served as Co-Chair of the Firm’s General Litigation and Product Liability Groups.
After 17 years with Sills Cummis, Walsh was appointed to the bench in Bergen County by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. He served as a judge in the criminal part and in the civil part. He supervised mass tort cases, including 5,000 phen-fen diet drug claims.
Walsh was a member of the American Law Institute, the Lawyers Advisory Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the Department of Justice Advocacy Institute’s Task Force on Criminal Advocacy. He was an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law and regularly taught at the Morris Pashman Inn of Court.
Hallmarks were his intellect, high level of excellence, prolific writing skills and limited tolerance for those not working to their capabilities.