Charles S. Caulkins: Lawyer with Fisher & Phillips LLP

Charles S. Caulkins

Fort Lauderdale,  FL  U.S.A.
Phone(954) 847-4700

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Practice Areas

  • Labor and Employment
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution - ADR
  • Collective Bargaining and Arbitration
  • Labor Law
  • Management Labor Law
  • Mergers, Acquisitions, Divestitures and Reorganizations
  • National Labor Relations Act - NLRA
  • Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act - WARN
  • National Mediation Board - NMB
  • Non-Compete Contracts
  • Personnel and Supervisor Training
  • Plant Closings
  • Railway Labor Act - RLA
  • Strike Avoidance
  • Union Campaigns and Elections
University Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolCreighton University School of Law, Omaha, NE, J.D., 1976; New York University School of Law, New York, NY, LL.M., 1977
Admitted1976, Kansas; 1978, South Carolina; 1985, Florida; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

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


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, 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 and was recognized as a South Florida Top Lawyer by South Florida Legal Guide. 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. 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 Caulkins 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.


Piercings and Employers: Enforcing Appearance Policies
November 19, 2014

Six Pillars Framework Gives Broward A Strong Future
March 21, 2014

After Invalid Appointments, NLRB Should Proceed With Care
February 1, 2013

Employers' Common Sense Can Ease Flu
January 18, 2013

Labor Organizing Changes Should Trigger Internal Policy Review
March 28, 2012

Florida Employers Be Prepared, E-Verify An Issue Again
August 31, 2011

Employers Should Consider Containing Workplace Odors
February 16, 2011

Guns-at-Work Laws Put Employers in Legal Crosshairs
October 1, 2008

Security Law Overburdens Employers
September 3, 2007

Who Is a Supervisor? Rulings Unlikely to Cause Big Shift
November 28, 2006


Executive Briefing On Severance Practices
April 30, 2014

Panel Discussion: When Employees Go Rogue
March 19, 2014

Association of Corporate Counsel South Florida Chapter- 4th Annual CLE Conference
October 14, 2013

The Election's Impact on the National Labor Relations Board and Unions” - InsideCounsel SuperConference - Chicago, IL - May 7, 2013

Labor Law Update: Are You Current With All the Changes? - Building Service Contractors Association International CEO Seminar - Aruba - January 2011


Eighty-Four Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2016
August 17, 2015

Managing Partner Roger Quillen and Partner Charles Caulkins Named to 'Top 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys'
June 29, 2015

Eight Attorneys Included in Florida Super Lawyers, Rising Stars
June 11, 2015

Forty-Four Attorneys Ranked Among Top in Chambers USA 2015
May 19, 2015

Six Attorneys from Fisher & Phillips Fort Lauderdale Office Named in South Florida Top Rated Lawyers
October 4, 2012

Charles Caulkins, Managing Partner of Fisher & Phillips LLP In Fort Lauderdale, Receives the 2011 Chair's Award from the Florida Chamber of Commerce
October 19, 2011

Fisher & Phillips Attorneys Named 2012 Lawyers of the Year
October 11, 2011

Charles Caulkins Named 2010 Broward Ultimate CEO
September 17, 2010

Fisher & Phillips LLP Named Top South Florida Law Firm
September 23, 2009

Quotes and Soundbites

Proposal for Countywide Elected Mayor Resurfaces in Broward
October 8, 2015

Don't Get Ensnared
June 17, 2015

Charles Caulkins, Partner at Fisher & Phillips, Interviewed on Becon TV
June 2, 2014

NLRB GC Invalidity Ruling To Trigger New Wave Of Challenges
August 22, 2013

The Election's Impact on the National Labor Relations Board and Unions
May 7, 2013

Workers Share Their Salary Secrets
April 17, 2013

Solis' Successor Expected To Sustain Aggressive DOL Agenda
January 10, 2013

NLRB May Clear A Path For Union Activity On Employer Email
August 20, 2012

Employers May Now Face Baby Boomers' Discrimination Claims
September 2, 2011

Pro-Union NLRB Alarms Employers
August 3, 2011

Chamber Takes Up 'Paycheck Protection' Proposal in Campaign-Style Ad
April 18, 2011

Newsletter Articles

Look Out Below
March 2, 2015

Fighting The Flu -' Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands!
January 2, 2015

Reported CasesRepresentative Work; Federal Judge Denies NLRB Petition for Section 10(j) Relief Against Dealership

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Winter Is Coming...So What Should Employers Do To Prepare?
Charles S. Caulkins,Edwin G. Foulke,Richard R. Meneghello,Michael S. Mitchell, November 20, 2015
As readers of epic fantasy novels and viewers of a certain cable TV-show know all too well, winter is most definitely coming. Your radio is already playing holiday music, the shiny decorations are already out in malls and retail stores, and your coffee shop is serving you drinks in red cups. The...

Look Out Below
Charles S. Caulkins,Suhaill M. Morales, March 19, 2015
The U.S. Labor Department (DOL) often sets its sights up the food chain, focusing enforcement efforts on general contractors (GCs) for the wage violations of their subcontractors. In recent years, federal district courts and the DOL have been putting pressure on GCs to insist on and monitor Fair...

Fighting The Flu - Don't Forget To Wash Your Hands!
Charles S. Caulkins, February 4, 2015
You can’t open the newspaper, turn on the television, or visit a website without seeing some alarming statistic about the flu. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flu is already “widespread” in 29 states with an additional 14 states reporting...

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Charles S. Caulkins

450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort LauderdaleFL 33301


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