Charles A. Carlson

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601 Bayshore Boulevard, Suite 700
Tampa, Florida 33606
Phone: (813) 253-2020 ext. 107
Fax: (813) 251-6711

Charlie built his legal practice on the notion that lawyers are essentially specialized, professional writers who use words to advocate the interests of their clients in the context of the substantive law and applicable procedures.  In his early career, Charlie worked in various capacities for newspapers and other publications, including as a reporter.  Charlie graduated from the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English at Florida State University and has continued to study the art of writing throughout his life.

Charlie graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law in 1987.  Upon graduation, Charlie was honored to serve a judicial clerkship with the Honorable William Terrell Hodges in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  Charlie joined the firm in 1990.


Experienced litigator

As an attorney in a busy but small litigation department within a highly sophisticated business law firm, Charlie has handled lawsuits in nearly every imaginable area of commercial litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative forums.  In his more than 20 years with the firm, Charlie has successfully handled:

  • Real estate litigation
  • Insurance coverage matters
  • Commercial liability
  • Title insurance issues
  • Covenants not to compete
  • Employment contracts
  • Probate and trust disputes
  • Business torts
  • Commercial sales disputes
  • Mergers and acquisitions disputes
  • Construction defect litigation
  • Debt collection
  • Disciplinary actions in administrative forums
  • Business litigation support in complex marital dissolution matters

In addition, Charlie has extensive experience in First Amendment issues, having represented writers in complex libel actions and media organizations in actions under the Florida Public Records Act and in pre-publication review.  Charlie has also handled numerous appeals, including appeals to the Second and Fifth District Courts of Appeal, and to the Eleventh and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Charlie is active in his church and in numerous charitable organizations and endeavors.  He lives in South Tampa with his wife, Becky, and their three children.


  • Litigation


  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • Florida State University (B.A., 1983)
  • University of Florida (J.D., with honors, 1987)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Recipient, Atwood Dunwoody Scholarship
  • Board Member, University of Florida Law Review (1985-1987)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Wm. Terrell Hodges, U.S. District Judge, Middle District of Florida (1987-1989)


  • The Florida Bar (1987)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1987)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit (1989)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida (1993)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1999)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Middle District of Florida (2008)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida (2010)
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida (2010)


  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar (Member, Trial Lawyers Section, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Federal Bar Association


  • “Business is Business: Recognizing Referral Relationships as Legitimate Business Interests Protectable by Restrictive Covenants in Florida,” The Florida Bar Journal, March, 2008
  • What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Florida, Instructor, June, 2006
  • Government in the Sunshine: Florida’s Public Records and Open Meetings Laws, Instructor, September, 2004
  • “Removal to Federal Court on the Basis of Diversity Jurisdiction: The ‘Amount in Controversy’ in Controversy,” The Florida Bar Journal, October, 1995
  • “Stepping Into the Sunshine: Application of the Florida Public Records Act to Private Entities,” The Florida Bar Journal, November 1993
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