SJR STATE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHTS
CHARLIE DOUGLAS — 2001 Civil Attorney
Each week, St. Johns River State College is honoring one of its own in an alumni salute, celebrating the career milestones, community contributions and personal reflections of those who began their collegiate journey as SJR State Vikings.
Since his graduation from SJR State in 2001, Charlie Douglas has been making big waves in the legal world. After graduating from SJR State with a 4.0 GPA, Douglas went on to attend the University of Florida where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in business administration.
He then enrolled at UF’s Levin College of Law and graduated second in his class. In the legal community, Charlie earned a name for himself when he took on a case which was featured on ABC’s 20/20. While working as an attorney for a litigation firm in Jacksonville, Charlie fought for, and won, the freedom of a Texas man serving a life sentence for a parole violation.
He has since returned to his hometown of Palatka, where he has partnered to create the legal firm Douglas & Hedstrom, P.A. Charlie continues his passion for justice by serving as a civil attorney. He also holds Financial Industry National Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7 and 66 licenses and co-founded St. Johns Asset Management, LLC.
Charlie enjoys giving back to the community through service organizations such as The Arc of Putnam County, Kiwanis of the Azalea City, Putnam First Cancer Fund, Boy Scouts of America and Haven Hospice.
Charlie speaks highly of his education from SJR State. “When you have professors who love their subject matter, you are constantly engaged,” he said. “That made for a great learning environment.”
SJR State Highlights:
- SJR State Hall of Fame award
- Florida’s Youth Advocate of the Year
- National spokesperson for the American Legacy Foundation
- Student ambassador for SJR State
- Commencement speaker for SJR State’s 2007 graduation - the College’s youngest commencement speaker to date.
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