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Charles B. Upton II

Charles B. Upton II

also known as C.B. Upton

Practice areas:

Business, Real Estate

About Me

Charles B. “C.B.” Upton II is the founder of Upton Law Firm. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, concentrating on business disputes, land use and zoning issues, product liability, administrative law, and political matters. In addition, he advises corporate clients on a variety of commercial transactions and other business issues.

Judges and other attorneys have recognized C.B. with an AV Peer Review Rating. An AV rating indicates that an attorney has reached the height of professional excellence, demonstrating the highest levels of skill and integrity. He has also achieved Avvo’s top rating of Superb based on the company’s proprietary algorithm. Less than 1% of lawyers in the country have this distinction.

Before entering private practice, C.B. served the State of Florida in a variety of capacities, including Deputy General Counsel to the Governor, General Counsel at the Department of State, Deputy Solicitor General, and Assistant Attorney General for Special Projects. In these roles, he litigated several high-profile cases of statewide importance. And he was often called upon to advise various high-level government officials about legal and policy matters.

C.B. began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Eugene Siler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, where he worked on cases throughout the country in the First, Third, Sixth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Prior practicing law, C.B. worked with Morgan Stanley where he advised businesses and high net worth investors on financial matters.


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2007

  1. Business: 75%
  2. Real Estate: 25%



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

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Contact Info

Upton Law Firm

525 N. Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, FL, 32301


FLMember in Good Standing200705/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
Who’s Who Among Executives & ProfessionalsWho's Who2014
Superb 10/10Avvo2014
Top Lawyers in FloridaThe Legal Network2014
Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate LawAmerican Lawyer Media2014
Who’s Who Among Executives & ProfessionalsWho's Who2013
Top Lawyers in FloridaThe Legal Network2013
Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate LawAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Superb 10/10Avvo2013
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate LawAmerican Lawyer Media2012
Who’s Who Among Executives & ProfessionalsWho's Who2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top Lawyers in FloridaThe Legal Network2012
Superb 10/10Avvo2012
Kentucky ColonelGovernor Steve Beshear2008
Gardner W. Beckett, Jr. Civil Rights & Civil Liberties AwardACLU2006
William F. Blews Pro Bono Service AwardStetson University College of Law2006
Book Award, Constitutional LitigationStetson University College of Law2006
Book Award, Law & EconomicsStetson University College of Law2006
Book Award, Appellate PracticeStetson University College of Law2005

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing PartnerUpton Law Firm, P.L.2010 - Present
General CounselFlorida Department of State2010 - 2011
Assistant Attorney GeneralOffice of the Florida Attorney General2007 - 2010
Law ClerkUnited States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit2006 - 2007

Association NamePosition NameDuration
The Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers SectionMember2012 - Present
Florida Bar, Judicial Independence CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Stetson Lawyers' Association, Advisory CouncilMember2008 - Present
The Florida Bar, Appellate Practice SectionMember2007 - Present
Attorney General’s 287(g) Working GroupGeneral Counsel2007 - 2008
American Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
Tampa Bay TimesSolving the speech debate2013
The Record, Journal of the Appellate Practice and Advocacy Section (Florida Bar)The Office of the Florida Solicitor General: an Appellate Lawyer’s Field of Dreams2010
Tallahassee DemocratCourt has your Second Amendment rights directly in its cross hairs2008
University of Florida Journal of Law and Public PolicyThe Freedom of Speech2008
Florida Times UnionDo not usurp parents’ rights2008
Tallahassee DemocratWill court decide 2008 election, too?2007
Brigham Young University Education and Law JournalDean v. Utica Community Schools: An Arrow through the Heart of School Administrative Control Over Student Expression in School Newspapers2006

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of TennesseePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts2000

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Federal & State Redistricting SeminarRedistricting2013
Federal Judicial ClerkshipsFederal Judicial Clerkships2012
Federal and State ClerkingJudicial Clerkships2009
Obtaining a Judicial ClerkshipJudicial Clerkships2008