Charles Handel Watkins

Equity Partner, Chief Diversity Officer

overview

Charles Watkins, a shareholder in the Miami office, is an experienced litigator and particularly enjoys trying cases to jury verdict. He has done so over sixty times. Charles has represented individuals, corporations and public and government entities in transportation litigation, premises liability, UM insurance defense, professional liability, construction accidents and defects, first party property damage and fraud, coverage issues and products liability matters.

Charles is certified by the State of Florida as a Continuing Education Instructor, and he conducts seminars on legal topics including Comparative Negligence in Tort Law, Bad Faith, interesting changes in UM/UIM Law, updates on Punitive Damage Law and the art of Negotiation.

As one of the National Chairs of the Diversity Committee of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Charles helped host two National Annual Diversity Forums in New York City. He is intimately involved in promoting Diversity education and has involved the firm as a sponsor of the John Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic where he and other attorneys serve annually as mentors for law students and aspiring lawyers.

Charles comes from a family of lawyers including his father (a former Jurist and Caribbean Constitutional Law expert), brother, nephew and cousin. Charles and Audrey (wife of over 30 years) are very proud of their children. Daughter Camille has continued the family tradition graduating from the University of Miami Law School and is a member of the Florida Bar, and their son Dean, recently graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Charles has served as a Guardian ad Litem, and took particular pleasure in protecting minors' rights. He volunteered as a mentor for the law students at the Florida International University and founded the MGC Scholarship Fund -- he served as its Chairman for seven years. Charles is currently involved as a leader at Pioneer Community Church in the Pembroke Pines/Miramar areas, and established a scholarship fund there as well that has assisted many qualified students in obtaining a college degree.

Practice Areas
Credentials

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, FL (J.D., 1992)
    Dean's List
  • Florida International University, Miami, FL (M.I.B., 1985)
    Most Outstanding Student Award
  • Barry University, Miami Shores, FL (B.S., 1980)

Admissions

  • State of Florida, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2013

Certifications/Specialties

  • Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Kubicki Draper First Party Practice Group, Co-Chair
  • Kubicki Draper Trucking, Transportation and Logistics Practice Group, Member
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Dade County Defense Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Dade County Caribbean Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Diversity Committee, Insurance Law Committee, Trucking Law Committee
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • Attorney Membership and Circle of Excellence, Diversity & Inclusion Committee,
      2014 Leadership Forum Committee, Annual Conference/Diversity Open House
      Committee, Insurance Fraud Committee, Adjuster Training Courses Committee,
      Committee Conference Committee, Transportation Committee, Webinar
      Development Committee
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Special Awards and Recognitions

  • Rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell
  • Selected by Legacy Miami Magazine as one of " South Florida's 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Professionals in Business and Industry for 2015"
  • Selected as a 2014 Personal Injury Law AV Preeminent Top Rated Lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell

Community Involvement

  • Pioneer Community Church, Current Chairman, Scholarship Fund
Presentations

Speaking Engagements/Presentations

  • "The Fine Line Between Fraud and Claim Denial in Plumbing Water Losses", Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC), 2017
  • "Subcontractor Involvement and Trying Cases with Risk of an Excess Verdict", CHUBB, 2017
  • "Arson Mock Trial", Allstate, 2016
  • "Effective Mediation Preparation and Strategies", Gainsco, 2016
  • "Water Mitigation Strategies", Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference, 2016
  • "The Verdict: Was It Arson or Was It An Accident?", Florida Insurance Fraud Education Committee (FIFEC) Annual Conference, 2016
  • "Clean Up Woman: Understanding Fire Damage Mitigation", Kubicki Draper Earth, Wind and Fire: The Music of Property Claims, First Party Claims Conference, 2016
  • "Ethics for the Claims Professonal", Star & Shield, 2016
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", Personable, 2016
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", Gainsco, 2016
  • "First Party, First Rate Defense: Pre-Suit Investigations", Rimkus, 2015
  • "PIP Hot Topics & Bad Faith: Top Ten Pitfalls to Avoid in Florida", Protective, 2015
  • "Medicare Liens, Set Asides & Notice of Provisions" and "Bad Faith", Star and Shield, 2015
  • "We have Fraud, Can We Prove It?", Amica Mutual, 2015
  • "Mock Mediation: Global Settlement", Infinity, 2015
  • "Bad Faith Avoidance and PIP Hot Topics", Personable, 2014
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", Star and Shield, 2014
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", Farmers, 2014
  • "Florida 5 - Hour Law and Ethics Update", United Automobile, 2014
  • "Important Considerations with Property Damage Claims", FIFEC, 2014
  • "Foundations of Products Liability: Hot Topics and Defense Strategies", Claims Management Inc., Walmart, 2014
  • "How to Achieve Maximum Results From The ADR Process", CLM South Florida Chapter, 2014
  • "We Have Fraud, Can We Prove It?", Gainsco, 2014
  • "Bad Faith, UM/UIM and Legal Concepts for Defending Automobile Negligence", Hanover, 2013
  • "Independent Medical Examinations", Windhaven, 2013
  • "Mock Mediation: Facts for Mediation & Negotiation Exercise", Infinity, 2013
  • "Negotiating Limits/Bad Faith", Gainsco, 2013
  • "Significant Changes to the Florida PIP Law & Good Faith Documentation", NARS, 2013
  • "SIU: Tips & Tactics for Discovering and Preserving Evidence of Fraudulent Claims" Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2012
  • "UM/UIM, Effective Recorded Statements and EUO's", Infinity, 2012
  • "Liens and Set Offs" Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2010
  • "Premises Liability: Law & Defenses" Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2009
  • "Concepts and Tactics for Evaluating and Defending Veterinary Malpractice Claims", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2008
  • "The Importance of Rapid Response Investigation In Trucking Accidents", Kubicki Draper Claims Management Conference, 2007
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  • Credentials
  • Presentations

locations

Miami

Miami Office

25 West Flagler Street, Penthouse
Miami, FL 33130

T: 305.374.1212 F: 305.374.7846

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402 Applerouth Lane, Suite 2C
Key West, FL 33040

T: 305.509.7300 F: 305.374.7846

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One East Broward Boulevard, Suite 1600
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

T: 954.768.0011 F: 954.768.0514

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515 North Flagler Drive, Suite 1800
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

T: 561.640.0303 F: 561.640.0524

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400 North Ashley Drive, Suite 1200
Tampa, FL 33602

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201 South Orange Avenue, Suite 475
Orlando, FL 32801

T: 407.245.3630 F: 407.245.7685

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101 Southwest 3rd Street
Ocala, FL 34471

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76 South Laura Street, Suite 1400
Jacksonville, FL 32202

T: 904.396.0062 F: 904.396.0380

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Pensacola, FL 32502

T: 850.434.0003 F: 850.434.0223

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1705 Metropolitan Boulevard, Suite 202
Tallahassee, FL 32308

T: 850.222.5188 F: 850.222.5108

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Ft. Myers Office

13350 Metro Parkway, Suite 401
Fort Myers, FL 33966

T: 239.334.8403 F: 239.939.0700

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Mobile

Mobile Office

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama 36602

T: 251.308.3351 F: 251.308.3352

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In 1963, Gene Kubicki founded the firm based on dedication to excellence. The same high standards have been maintained for over five decades -- years which have seen the firm’s ranks swell to over 100 attorneys.

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