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Michael A. Caldwell


Michael Caldwell has accumulated more than a half-century of legal expertise in Employment and Labor Law. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, numerous federal appellate courts, and all of the state and federal courts in Georgia. A 1968 honors graduate of Catholic University in Washington, D.C., he attended Catholic University’s Law School, where he was a Law Review Editor and Legal Services Office Student Director. After receiving his J.D. in 1971, Michael began his career in the General Counsel’s Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and later served as a Trial Attorney in the NLRB’s Baltimore Regional Office.

He entered private law practice with a nationally-prominent Labor and Employment Law firm in Washington D.C.before relocating to Atlanta in 1977. He is former Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia and former Editor of its Labor Law Newsletter. His clients include manufacturing and healthcare companies, municipalities and public employers, individual public officials, executives, managers and private and public employees. He is an expert in cases arising under the Equal Employment Opportunity Laws, Fair Labor Standards Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. As an arbitrator and trained mediator, Michael serves as a Personnel Hearing Officer for numerous cities and agencies and is recognized for his skill in drafting and interpreting individual employment contracts, severance agreements, and covenants not to compete.

Michael served for 25 years as General Counsel for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and serves as General Counsel for the FBI Academy National Associates, (Georgia Chapter). He also served as an Executive Board member and Parliamentarian for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He is an adjunct professor of Human Resources Management and Law at the Law Enforcement Command College of Columbus State University and has served as an adjunct instructor in Human Resources Law and Ethics at the Beebe Personnel Institute of Georgia State University’s Graduate College of Business.

Michael A. Caldwell co-founded and is Past President of the Saint Thomas More Society of Atlanta. He has held an AV (the highest level) peer rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for over 25 years and has been named a Georgia SuperLawyer for more than a decade.

Practice Areas

  • Private and Public Labor
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Rights Law

Admitted to Practice

All federal and state courts in:

  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • The District of Columbia
  • The United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd, 5th, and 11th Circuits
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia and the Northern District of Florida

Other Accomplishments

  • Honorary Life Member, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
  • “Legal Elite,” Employment Law, Georgia Trend Magazine
  • “Top Attorneys’ in Georgia” Atlanta Magazine
  • Peer Rated AV Preeminent Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory for 20+ years