Christopher K. Walters

Senior Pro Bono Counsel

Education

  • University of Michigan Law School, 1967, J.D.
  • Princeton University, 1964, A.B., Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • All State and Federal Appellate Courts - Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Chris founded the firm’s Philadelphia Litigation Group in 1978 and served as its head until 1988.  He was named the Firm’s Senior Pro Bono Counsel in 2005, a full-time position overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Firm’s Pro Bono Program.  Before 2005, Chris handled the trials and appeals of complex commercial cases, including construction, product liability, fraud, and intellectual property cases.

Pro bono matters often supplemented his commercial practice.  As examples, Chris was lead counsel in Meyers v. Pennypack Woods 559 F.2d 894 (3rd Cir. 1977) (reversing lower court’s refusal to find racial discrimination in housing), United States ex rel James Brown v. Rundle, 450 F.2d 517 (3rd Cir. 1971) (homicide conviction upheld on appeal), and Commonwealth v. Bradley Martin, C.C.P. Lebanon Co., Nos. 1993-10899 and 11079 (2004) (death sentence was vacated because of ineffectiveness of trial counsel). 

Employment History

  • 1978 - Reed Smith
    • Senior Pro Bono Counsel
    • Founded the firm's Philadelphia Litigation Group in 1978 and served as its head until 1988

Interests

Chris served as an Army intelligence officer and advisor to Vietnamese forces in the Mekong Delta in 1968 through 1969. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife, Teri R. Simon, Esquire.