Charles P. Short


Chas Short’s practice primarily focuses on the defense of white collar prosecutions and investigations such as those involving Foreign Corrupt Practices Act issues, tax controversies, allegations of mortgage fraud, securities issues, banking issues, health care issues, and other regulatory matters. He represents clients in both federal and Florida state proceedings.

In addition to Mr. Short’s representation of clients in connection with white collar investigations and prosecutions, he also conducts corporate internal investigations and assists businesses in developing compliance programs.

Mr. Short is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). He was recognized by the University of Central Florida as an Alumni Rising Star.

Chas Short attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law where he earned the Irving Cypen scholarship, which is awarded to the top ranked first year law student (first out of 416), and graduated Order of the Coif.

Recent Noteworthy Matters

From 2023-2024, Calli Law, LLC protected a national cosmetics brand manufacturer from a vicious stalking campaign that included internet and social media stalking, workplace incidents, and stalking at our client’s home. In February 2024, Mr. Short secured a permanent injunction against the stalker. The sanctions imposed included onerous behavioral counseling, mental health evaluations, and drug evaluations.

Chas Short was retained post-sentencing and post-appeal to attack a life sentence imposed after trial for a client who was previously represented by different counsel. In 2018, Mr. Short obtained a reduction in sentence and the client’s immediate release from federal prison, after the client had served 26 years.

In 2018, Chas Short and Paul Calli defended at trial a Senior Captain for a major commercial airline company, accused in Florida state court of gun crimes related to the protection of his property.  Five persons claimed the client discharged a firearm at them.  The jury acquitted their client after 34 minutes of deliberation.

Reported Decisions

In re Search Warrant Dated November 5, 2021, 2021 WL 5845146 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 8, 2021) (stopping the government’s extraction and review of electronic materials seized from the press and appointing a special master to oversee review instead).

Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress et al., 814 F.3d 1202 (11th Cir. Dec. 23, 2015) (affirming dismissal with prejudice of “implausible” complaint in Civil RICO case).

Miccosukee Tribe v. Guy Lewis et al., FLWSUPP 2307MICC (Fla. 11th Jud. Cir. Dec. 12, 2015) (finding entitlement to attorneys’ fees where opposing party and opposing lawyer brought lawsuit in bad faith despite “knowing and having access to the evidence which conclusively refuted those claims”).

Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress et al., 2015 WL 235433 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 16, 2015) (granting motion for sanctions; opposing lawyer and opposing party required to pay clients close to $1 million for attorneys fees and costs).

Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress et al., 56 F. Supp. 3d 1324 (S.D. Fla. Oct. 23, 2014) (successfully opposing motion to disqualify judge).

Miccosukee Tribe v. Guy Lewis et al., 21 Fla. L. Weekly Supp. 323 (Fla. 11th Jud. Cir. Dec. 15, 2013) (granting summary judgment in civil RICO case and finding “no evidence” of claims against clients), summary judgment affirmed, 165 So. 3d 9 (Fla. 3d DCA 2015).

Miccosukee Tribe v. Cypress et al., 975 F. Supp. 2d 1298 (S.D. Fla. Sept. 30, 2013) (dismissing Native American Tribe’s lawsuit against clients), rehearing denied, 2014 WL 1910626 (S.D. Fla. May 12, 2014).

United States v. Stoll, 2011 WL 939251 (S.D. Fla. Feb. 16, 2011) (obtaining spoliation jury instruction in criminal case when government cooperating witnesses destroyed documents).

Professional Involvement and Recognition

The Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee 11-D (2020-Current)

Florida Super Lawyers Rising Star: White Collar Criminal Defense


Carlton Fields, PA, Miami, FL (2009-2015)



University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law (J.D., 2009), with honors, Order of the Coif

University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College (B.A., 2006), summa cum laude, Top Honor Graduate – College of Arts and Sciences

Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

Florida State Courts

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, admission pro hac vice

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, admission pro hac vice

U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, admission pro hac vice

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit


Guest Blog: Silly DOJ Press Release Belies Government Failure in Joseph Sigelman FCPA Prosecution, FCPA Professor (July 1, 2015)

Appellate Ruling Addresses Cell Phone Privacy Concerns, Daily Business Review (July 17, 2014)

New Commutation Guidance Presents Opportunities for Relief, Law360 (May 14, 2014)

High Court Deals Major Blow to Criminal Defendants, Law360 (March 19, 2014)

Uncertainty in the Cloud: Changing Requirements for Disclosing Customer Data, Bloomberg BNA (November 8, 2012)

Guilt by Machine: The Problem of Source Code Discovery in Florida DUI Prosecutions, 61 Fla. L. Rev 177  (2009)

The Effects of a Crowded Deliberation Environment on Mock Jurors’ Attitudes and Decision-Making, 6 Comm. L. Rev. 58 (2006)

The Effects of Perceptions of Crowding on Juror Attitudes and Decision-Making, UCF Honors in the Major Thesis (2006)

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, “Cash Grab: Government Prosecution of White Collar Crime and Forfeiture,” Connectionology Webinars (Oct. 28, 2020)

Panelist, “Practicing with Professionalism,” The Florida Bar, Miami, FL (March 24, 2016)