Charles E. Engeman

Office Managing Shareholder St. Thomas

Mr. Engeman is the founder and Managing Shareholder of our St. Thomas office, one of the co-founders of the firm's International Practice Group, and currently the Hospitality Practice Group Co-Leader.  He has handled employment and general litigation matters, union campaigns, collective bargaining and related matters for employers across the United States and in multiple Caribbean jurisdictions, including (but not limited to) Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, the British Virgin Islands, and all three of the United States Virgin Islands. Through his extensive experience, relationships with local counsel in other Caribbean islands and with the Employer Organizations in those islands, Mr. Engeman is able to act as a liaison for U.S. and International corporations that are doing business or seeking to do business in the region.

Mr. Engeman advises employers on a day-to-day basis with regard to wage and hour issues, employee policies and manuals, and counsels employers in managing crises arising in the employment context in numerous locations. Mr. Engeman also has significant experience representing clients in union grievance proceedings, collective bargaining and arbitrations, as well as advising clients in union avoidance and during organizational and decertification drives. Mr. Engeman represents many major hotel and resort companies, as well as national and international companies engaged in retail, commercial, light and heavy industrial, transportation, and communications businesses and numerous other businesses.

Mr. Engeman is a former United States National Champion in rowing and represented the United States as a member of the National Team at the World Rowing Championships and World University Games. Mr. Engeman also loves sailing and has won the International Rolex Regatta. Mr. Engeman is a private pilot and has flown throughout the Caribbean.

Professional Activities and Speeches

Professional Activities:

  • American Bar Association ( International Law, and Labor and Employment Sections)
  • Virgin Islands Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association


  • Labor and Employment Counsel Exclusive - ''In-House Counsel’s Role in Protecting Employers From Protected Concerted Activity Claims'' - Boca Raton - November 10, 2017
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law Spring Meeting - ''Employers Abroad: How to Avoid An Ex-Pat Nightmare in Mexico and Latin America – Trends in Cross-Border Employment, Tax and Immigration Law'' - New York City - April 13, 2016

Our Insights


Media Quotes

January 02, 2017 - Law360 - "Hospitality Cases To Watch In 2017"
May 11, 2009 - SHRM Legal Issues - "Caribbean Employment Law: More Than a Puddle Jumper Away"