Charles A. Carlson

Barnett Bolt Kirkwood Long Koche Foster Attorneys at Law

Clearwater, Florida 33755


Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Contract, Landlord/Tenant, Non Compete, Partnership Disputes, Probate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates

Over the past 30 years, Charlie has handled a broad variety of commercial litigation in state and federal courts and in administrative forums.  Charlie employs a problem solving approach to client matters, zealously advancing business clients’ interests with a value oriented, business approach.  A concentration of his work has been in real estate litigation, insurance coverage matters, including commercial liability and title insurance issues, disputes arising out of covenants not to compete and employment contracts, probate and trust disputes, appeals in state and federal courts and general business litigation.  In addition, Charlie has extensive experience representing clients in libel actions, matters under Florida’s public records and open meetings laws and in pre-publication review.

Charlie honed his mediation skills as an advocate, refined those skills at the Harvard Negotiation Institute Mediation Workshop and now applies his broad base of legal experience as a Florida Supreme Court Circuit mediator. 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.  After law school, Charlie served for 2 years as law clerk for the Honorable Wm. Terrell Hodges in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.  Charlie is the former Managing Partner of the firm and currently serves on its governing Executive Committee.


  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Order of the Coif
  • Recipient, Atwood Dunwoody Scholarship
  • Board Member, University of Florida Law Review (1985-1987)


  • Florida State University (B.A., 1983)
  • University of Florida (J.D., with honors, 1987)
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Wm. Terrell Hodges, U.S. District Judge, Middle District of Florida (1987-1989)
  • Harvard Negotiation Institute, Mediation Program (2011)


  • 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)
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediator  (2015)
  • Certified Middle District of Florida Mediator (2015)


  • 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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Tampa, Florida 33606

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