Awards

Chuck Fahlbusch Wins Claude Pepper Award

Chuck FahlbuschThe Florida Bar and the Government Lawyer Section proudly announces that Charles (Chuck) M. Fahlbusch, Special Counsel and Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Fort Lauderdale office of the Florida Attorney General, earned the 2014 Florida Bar Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award. During his 29 year career in public service, spanning the tenures of six different Attorney Generals, Mr. Fahlbusch served as lead counsel in cases leading to more than 350 published opinions. He personally handled or supervised criminal and civil cases and appeals in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Florida State District Courts. And he ranks among the top lawyers in the profession, as demonstrated by his AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, his recognition as a Florida Super Lawyer (three times) and as a Top Government Lawyer (four times), and his status as a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice and in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice.
 
Winners of the Claude Pepper Award, however, also demonstrate a depth of character and commitment to public service that transcends the traditional credentials on a resume.  Mr. Fahlbusch is known to be the first to arrive at work and last to leave each evening, and has mentored a generation of young lawyers on the nuances of complex litigation. Outside the courtroom, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force, and as a President and an officer of the First United Church of Christ in Hollywood, Florida. And for 32 years, he volunteered as a Counselor for the Switchboard of Miami crisis line. For all these reasons, Mr. Fahlbusch deserves to be honored as an outstanding government lawyer who has made an extraordinary and exemplary contribution to the profession and to the people of Florida.