Charles Caulkins is the managing partner of 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. In 2010 and 2011 Charles was named one of "The Nation's 100 Most Powerful Employment Attorneys" by Human Resources Executive Magazine. 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.