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Charles S. Caulkins

Fort Lauderdale
t: 954.847.4700
f: 954.525.8739


Charles Caulkins is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office and a member of the firm's Management Committee. Since 1977, he has represented employers nationally in labor and employment law matters.

He advises employers on the development and implementation of preventive labor relations programs, including management education and training, to avoid charges and lawsuits, protect trade secrets, and resolve disputes.

He regularly counsels employers on union-related matters. He also handles employment-related litigation and arbitrations before state and federal courts and administrative agencies involving claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other statutory claims.

Charles is a founding member and past President of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys and was the 2006 Chairman of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce.

He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Since 2007, Charles has been included in Florida Super Lawyers for his work in labor and employment law.

He has also been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and in Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2003. He was recognized as an Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America for 2017 and 2019.

Charles has been named one of "The Nation's 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" by Human Resources Executive Magazine every year since 2010.

He was honored with the 2011 Chair's Award by the Florida Chamber of Commerce for his outstanding leadership as a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

Charles was also included in the 2012 edition of South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers, presented by Legal Leaders.

Charles was recognized in the 2014 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide  as one of the “Top Lawyers” in South Florida. He was also honored by Neighbors 4 Neighbors for his volunteerism within the South Florida region.


Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Named, Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law-Management, 2017 and 2019
  • Listed in Chambers USA (2003-2019)
  • Named, Lawyer of the Year for Labor Law Management, 2018
  • Received the Daily Business Review 2018 Professional Excellence Award for Distinguished Leader

Professional Activities

  • Chair of the Broward Workshop, a non-profit, non-partisan business organization comprised of the chief decision makers representing 100 of Broward County's businesses and professions
  • Member Board of Directors, Florida Chamber of Commerce



Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "The Election’s Impact on the National Labor Relations Board and Unions” – InsideCounsel SuperConference – Chicago, IL
  • "Labor Law Update: Are You Current With All the Changes?" - Building Service Contractors Association International CEO Seminar - Aruba
    January 2011


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