Colonel Mike Caples retired from the U.S. Army Reserve in 2011, after over 27 years that included service in Iraq, Haiti, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Australia. He was initially commissioned as a Judge Advocate General and later transferred to Civil Affairs, where he served with Civil Affairs units at the tactical, operational and strategic levels. In Haiti, he served as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Team-Justice in support of Operation Uphold Democracy, where he was responsible for assessing Haiti’s legal capacity, including judges, court rooms and prisons, and with developing programmatic recommendations to focus assistance by international donors.
In Iraq, Colonel Caples served with the Military Operations Directorate of the Multi-National Force-Iraq, where he was initially the military liaison to the Iraqi Ministries of Oil, Electricity and Water. He later served as the Deputy Director and senior military member of the National Coordination Team, a joint Department of Defense/Department of State organization responsible for developing, implementing and supporting the Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq. During much of his career he was focused on Southeast Asia and the Far East, specifically with the Republic of Korea where he served as the senior civil-military operations officer during joint U.S.-South Korean exercises. His military awards include the Bronze Star and the Legion of Merit.
In the private sector, Mr. Caples is the principal officer with Caples Law & Mediation in Walnut Creek, CA. Since 1980 he has represented management in all aspects of labor and employment law before both state and federal courts and administrative agencies. He is a trained mediator specializing in resolving labor and employment disputes. As an advocate, he focuses his practice on providing preventative advice and counseling for clients, defending wrongful termination, discrimination and other employment litigation, and representing employers in union bargaining and election campaigns. Mr. Caples represents employers before both state and federal courts in several states and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), the California Labor Commissioner and other state and federal administrative agencies. Mr. Caples has tried cases to verdict before both state and federal trial courts and has argued appellate cases before both state and federal appellate courts.
Mr. Caples is a graduate of California State University (B.A., biology, 1973), Whittier College School of Law (J.D. cum laude, 1980), New York University School of Law (LL.M. in Labor Law, 1981) and the United States Army War College (Master of Strategic Studies, 2009). His thesis at the Army War College was “Developing Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Iraq: Case Study in (Delayed) Interagency Coordination.”