Charles F. Forer

Charles F. Forer
  • Lecturer

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  • office Address:

    600 Jon M. Huntsman Hall
    3730 Walnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19104



After practicing for more than thirty-five years as a big-firm litigator, I opened my own Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) practice in May 2018.  I am now a full-time neutral arbitrator and mediator, handling all types of commercial and business disputes.

I have mediated and arbitrated hundreds of claims, including business, commercial, corporate, real estate, employment, UCC, fraud, breach of contract, breach of warranty, shareholder, partnership, franchise, motor vehicle, personal injury, disputes between commercial tenants, disputes between landlords and tenants (commercial and residential), disputes involving residential and industrial condominiums, and disputes involving the clergy.

For almost twenty years, my bimonthly columns on ADR matters (about protagonist “Bob”) have been published in the Philadelphia Legal Intelligencer.  Plus, I have lectured and taught all aspects of ADR to lawyers, law students, and laypersons.  For several years, I was an adjunct professor at Villanova Law School, where I taught Dispute Resolution and Arbitration Law.  And I have been active in the Philadelphia Bar Association, where I am currently co-chairperson of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.

My peers have recognized my abilities: for instance, I was selected by The Best Lawyers in America® as Best Lawyers’ Philadelphia Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” in 2019 and in 2014-15.


  • CHARLES F. FORER ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION SERVICES (May 2017 to date). Independently providing arbitration, mediation and all other neutral services. 
  • ECKERT SEAMANS CHERIN & MELLOTT, LLC (1999 to April 2017). Partner in law firm with approximately 375 lawyers in numerous offices on the East Coast.  Engaged in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution and civil litigation.
  • CONNOLLY EPSTEIN CHICCO FOXMAN OXHOLM & EWING (1981 to 1999). Shareholder at mid-sized Philadelphia law firm. Chairperson of the alternative resolution practice group.  Engaged in all aspects of alternative dispute resolution; and in all aspects of civil litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • THE HONORABLE JOSEPH S. LORD III (1980-81).  Law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


  • Selected by The Best Lawyers in America® as Best Lawyers’ 2019 Philadelphia Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Selected by The Best Lawyers in America® as Best Lawyers’ 2014-15 Philadelphia Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year.”
  • Selected by The Best Lawyers in America® and Best Lawyers® of Philadelphia in the practice area of Arbitration (2012 and 2013); and Arbitration and Mediation (2014-2019).
  • Selected by Super Lawyers® Magazine in the practice area of Business Litigation – 2013-2016.


  • Lecturer in Law, Arbitration: Law, Policy and Procedure, Villanova University Law School (2015).
  • Lecturer in Law, Dispute Resolution, Villanova University Law School (2013 to 2015; and 2017 to 2018).
  • Guest Lecturer, Arbitration, Temple Law School (October 2014).
  • Guest Lecturer, Contracts and Alternative Dispute Resolution, University of Pennsylvania Law School (August 2013).
  • Lecturer, Introduction to Legal Studies, Department of Legal Studies and Business Ethics, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1990 & 1994 to date). Winner of the Whitney Award for Undergraduate Teaching in the Affiliated Faculty of The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2012).
  • Guest Lecturer, Drafting and Utilizing Arbitration Agreements, Villanova Law School (2002 to 2012).


  • UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA LAW SCHOOL.  J.D., cum laude, 1980; Order of the Coif (top 10% of class).  Editor, University of Pennsylvania Law Review (1978-80).
  • VASSAR COLLEGE.  A.B., cum laude, 1976 (English major).  Phi Beta Kappa.


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