Charles S. Caulkins


Fisher & Phillips LLP
450 East Las Olas Boulevard
Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tel: 954.847.4700


Charles Caulkins is a partner in the Fort Lauderdale office and represents 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.

He is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. 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 recognized as an Employment Law – Management Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America since 2006 and Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management Lawyer of the Year 2021 by Best Lawyers in America. Selection to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers (2020) – “Hall of Fame” – Labor & Employment, Collective Bargaining. Charles has also been named one of “The Nation’s 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys” by Human Resources Executive Magazine every year since 2010.

Charles has devoted significant time to community service. He currently is the Chair of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. He is a founding member and past President of the Academy of Florida Management Attorneys and past Chair of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. He was also honored by Neighbors 4 Neighbors for his volunteerism within the South Florida region.


  • J.D., 1976, Creighton University School of Law
  • LL.M., 1977, New York University School of Law
  • B.A., 1971, Monmouth College
The attorneys at Fisher Phillips are committed to providing value to our clients. We do one thing – represent employers in labor and employment matters.

Our clients know their legal problems will be treated as business problems and that we strive to help them avoid legal problems. We believe the lawsuit that’s never filed is a better win for a client than a costly defense verdict.

Although skilled and tenacious advocates, our attorneys recognize that the most aggressive and expensive approach may not always be the best solution to a client’s problem. We seek to identify the client’s primary business objective, design a solution to fit the objective, and implement that solution in the most efficient manner possible.

By performing compliance audits, providing the right policies, procedures and training, and offering thoughtful advice and counsel, we assist clients in preventing employee claims and lawsuits, government investigations, and union organizing activity.

We’re in the client service business and know that many labor and employment problems arise without much warning and require an immediate response. We meet deadlines and provide plenty of advance time where client review of documents is needed. And we communicate with our clients in plain English.

Founded in Atlanta, we’re national with 32 offices and more than 350 attorneys. Our attorneys practice before state and federal courts and administrative agencies in virtually every state.

“Charles Caulkins has impressive, longstanding experience in labor relations matters. He acts on behalf of employers in collective bargaining and labor and employment disputes.”
Chambers & Partners