Cary Flitter — Hon. Milton O. Moss Public Service Award Recipient

On Monday, June 24, 2024, Cary L. Flitter was awarded The Honorable Milton O. Moss Public Service Award by the Montgomery Bar Foundation. Since 1986, each year the Foundation honors a Montgomery County resident who has provided exceptional service in support of the justice system.

Cary stated, I am truly honored to receive this award. The practice of law carries great responsibility.  As lawyers, we are permitted to represent clients before courts and tribunals at all levels, or out of court handling their business affairs, their family issues, their work or health issues, and in some cases their freedom. Our goal is to pursue justice.

Cary Flitter has devoted his legal practice to advocating consumers rights against finance companies, debt collectors, repossession agents, lenders and credit reporting agencies. Many of Cary’s cases have been pursued as class action lawsuits where the courts’ rulings have brought groundbreaking decisions that have benefited consumer rights nationwide.

About Judge Milton O. Moss

Judge Moss graduated in 1956 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  After passing the bar he entered the United States Air Force and served as a JAG prosecutor in the British Isles.   At the age of 37, he ran and was elected District Attorney of Montgomery County in 1967.

In 1970, District Attorney Moss argued a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, Bruno v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The issue was whether a mentally ill, and arguably incompetent murder-suspect, could be confined to a mental hospital indefinitely without being charged and tried.  With Bill Nicholas, then the 1st Assistant District Attorney (later judge) at his side at counsel table, D.A. Moss won the case.

In 1975, Moss was elected to judge of the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.  Sadly, Judge Moss suffered from health issues and passed away in 1980 at the age of 49. Contemporaries have described Judge Moss as “brilliant, personable, dynamic, and scintillating.”