TAMPA, Fla.— Port Tampa Bay is extremely pleased to announce that Charles Klug, the port authority’s chief legal officer, has today been selected as Top Corporate Counsel of the year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, in the publication’s inaugural program that recognizes excellence in the field.
Klug, who has been on the Port Tampa Bay team for 10 years, is responsible for the oversight of the legal, procurement, environmental, government relations and human resources departments. He has served as general counsel since 2004, and also served as deputy port director for administration, responsible for the legal, procurement, environmental, real estate and marketing departments of the Port Authority from 2008 to 2013.
In addition, he served as interim port director from September through December 2012, during the port authority’s search for a new port CEO. Prior to working for Port Tampa Bay, Klug was a partner with the law firm of Gray Robinson, P.A., where he concentrated in the areas of commercial real estate, local government, land use and environmental law. Klug received a B.S. in business administration from the University of Florida, College of Business, in 1983, and a J.D. from the University of Florida, College of Law, in 1986. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1986, and has been certified by the Florida Bar as specialist in real estate law since 1993, and as a specialist in city, county and local government law since 1998. He is an “AV” rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell.
The Corporate Counsel Awards program, sponsored by the Tampa Bay Business Journal, recognizes in-house attorneys in Tampa Bay who are leaders in their company, organization, or industry, exhibit high ethical standards, and possess exemplary professional skills.
“There is none more deserving of this prestigious award than Charles Klug, our extraordinary in-house counsel,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “Mr. Klug is not only a fine attorney, but wears many additional hats including historian, eagle eye, and general problem solver. His unique ability to see the big picture, extrapolate from complexity and connect the dots is highly unique and very critical to Port Tampa Bay and our progress, and he has been an outstanding professional in every situation,” Anderson said.
About Port Tampa Bay
Port Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest port and the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. In addition to being a top 10 U.S. cruise port, the port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major shipbuilding and repair center. The port was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.portTB.com