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Michael A. Caldwell
DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick & Benjamin, LLC
3100 Centennial Tower, 101 Marietta Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone Work 404-979-3154
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Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1972
Education: The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Practice Areas: Employment & Labor (50%), Employment Litigation: Defense (20%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%), Civil Rights (10%)
Industry Groups: Automobile Dealers, Health Care, Information Technology, Municipal Governments, Police Chiefs


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2016

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Attorney Michael A. Caldwell has been practicing law for nealy 45 years. A co-founder of DeLong, Caldwell, Bridgers, Fitzpatrick & Benjamin, LLC, in Atlanta, Georgia, he focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law. He provides proactive counseling to corporate clients, executives, managers and individual employees in all areas of employment and labor management law. This includes statutory and regulatory compliance, litigation under all federal and state discrimination laws, wage-hour law, OSHA, ERISA, union organizing, unfair labor practice cases. He also represents them in litigation of employee benefit claims, non-compete covenants and trade secrets litigation, employment contracts, executive severance agreements, and in investigations and defense of harassment, whistle blowing and wrongful termination claims. He is an expert in public employment law, Human Resources Management, law enforcement disciplinary proceedings and liability. He is an arbitrator and trained mediator, and a municipal personnel hearing officer. He serves as General Counsel for both the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police,and the Georgia Chapter of FBI National Academy Associates. He also is active in the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He functions as a virtual Human Resources Director for numerous municipalities and companies. He is an adjunct professor of Human Resources Management and Law at the Law Enforcement Command College at Columbus State University. 

He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States and the State Bar of Georgia, and has been admitted to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is a member of the Atlanta Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta. He has served the State Bar of Georgia as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section, Chair of the Federal Court Liaison Committee and as Vice-Chair of the Staff Compensation Committee. He has served as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of the NASD (now FINRA), the American Arbitration Association, National Arbitration Forum, and the National Arbitration and Mediation Service.the 

Michael received his J.D. from the Columbus School of Law of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he also received his B.A. with honors. Before entering private practice he served as a staff and trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board in both Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland.


About Michael Caldwell

Law School: The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law

Admitted: 1972, Georgia

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Honors and Awards:

  • Editor Catholic University Law Review, 1971

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Maryland, 1972
  • National Arbitration and Mediation
  • National Arbitration Forum
  • Panel of Arbitrators, American Arbitration Association
  • Staff and Trial Attorney National Labor Relations Board
  • Hearing Officer, Georgia Professional Standards Commission
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Vice Chair, State Bar of Georgia, Staff Compensation Committee
  • Chair, State Bar of Georgia, Federal Courts Liaison Committee
  • Member, Atlanta, Maryland State and Federal Bar Associations
  • Chair, State Bar of Georgia, Labor and Employment Section
  •  U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia, District of Maryland, District of Columbia, and Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fifth, Eleventh and D.C. Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Georgia
  • District of Columbia

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Founder and Board Member, St. Thomas More Society

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Adjunct Professor, Human Resources, Law Enforcement Command College of Columbus State University
  • Adjunct Professor, Human Resources Law and Ethics, Georgia State University Graduate School of Business
  • Author: "Community Defense of Union-Free Status", Mercer Univ. L. Rev.
  • Editor, Catholic University Law Review

Representative Clients:

  • Scott v. Harris, 127 S.Ct. 1769, 167 L.Ed.2d 686, 75 USLW 4297, 07, 2006 WL3693417 (Amicus Curiae Brief for Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc.), 2006
  • Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police; FBI Natonal Academy Associates; Cities of Forest Park, LaGrange, Dalton, Riverdale, Doraville, Hapeville; Navigant Consulting; SecureWorks Inc; VanTuyl Auto Investment Group (a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.)

Educational Background:

  • Catholic University of America, B.A., cum laude, 1968
Last Updated: 12/30/2015
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