Charles E. Engeman

Shareholder || St. Thomas

Mr. Engeman founded our St. Thomas office in 2000. He is also one of the co-founders of the firm’s International Practice Group and currently is the Hospitality Industry Practice Group Co-Leader. Mr. Engeman represents many major hotel and resort companies, as well as national and international companies engaged in retail, financial, commercial, light and heavy industrial, transportation, and communications.

Mr. Engeman has significant experience representing employers in National Labor Relations Board proceedings, collective bargaining, grievances, and arbitrations. He also regularly advises clients in union avoidance and during organizational and decertification drives. He has negotiated countless collective bargaining agreements on behalf of employers with bargaining units ranging from 2 employees to well over 1,000.

He has handled labor, employment, and general litigation 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 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 eastern United States and the Caribbean.

Learn more about Charles E. Engeman


  • J.D., cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1991
  • Villanova University School of Law, 1989
  • B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University, 1986

Admittance to Practice

  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • U.S. District Court, District of Puerto Rico
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of the Virgin Islands
  • U.S. Circuit Court, Third, Fourth, and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Professional Activities

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


  • Ogletree Deakins Hospitality Symposium  - "The Latest Labor Challenges Facing the Hospitality Industry " - Las Vegas  - May 1, 2019
  • Ogletree Deakins Workplace Strategies Seminar - "Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Management: An Employer’s Checklist" - Phoenix - May 10, 2018
  • 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
  • January 2, 2017 - Law360 - "Hospitality Cases To Watch In 2017"
  • October 31, 2016 - The American Lawyer - "Off the Grid: Firms and Their Far-Flung Offices"
  • May 11, 2009 - SHRM Legal Issues - "Caribbean Employment Law: More Than a Puddle Jumper Away"
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Member of Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys

Insights by Charles E. Engeman