Charla M. Burchett is a partner in the Sarasota office of Shutts & Bowen LLP, where she is a member of the Private Client Services Practice Group.

A Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney, Charla is a Board Certified Specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates as certified by The Florida Bar. She has more than thirty years of experience assisting clients through challenging decisions and difficult times to preserve their legacies across generations. She focuses her practice on estate planning, estate and gift taxation, estate administration, and trust administration.



  • University of Miami School of Law, LL.M., Estate Planning, 1989
  • Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, J.D., 1987
  • University of Kentucky, B.A., 1984

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • Kentucky

Professional and Civic

  • Charitable Gift Planners of Southwest Florida
    • Board of Directors (2022)
  • The Pines of Sarasota Foundation
    • Chair (2021)
    • First Vice Chair (2020)
    • Secretary (2019)
    • Board of Trustees (2018-present)
  • Sarasota Tiger Bay Club
    • Board Member (2020-present)
  • Impact100 SRQ
    • Founding Member (2019-present)
    • Advisory Task Force Member (2021-present)
    • Health and Wellness Focus Area Committee Member (2022)
    • Family Focus Area Committee Member (2021)
    • Arts & Culture Focus Area Committee Member (2020)
    • Education Focus Area Committee Member (2019)
  • Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc.
    • Board of Directors (2003-2012)
    • Chair of the Board of Directors (2010-2011)
    • Chair of the Grants and Programs Services (2005-2010)
    • Chair of the Charitable Planning Committee (2003-2008)
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property and Trust Law Section
  • Sarasota County Bar Association
    • Estate Planning and Probate Section (Chair 1994-1995)
    • Solo Section (Chair 2004-2006)
    • Guardianship Section
  • Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council (President 1999-2000)
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Kentucky Bar Association

News & Insights

News & Speaking Engagements

Blog Posts


  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Wills, Trusts and Estates (1994 – present)
  • SRQ Magazine, “Elite Top Attorneys” Award Guide - Wills (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Rated
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Trusts and Estates (2022, 2023)
  • Florida Super Lawyers, Estate & Probate (2016 – 2022)
  •® Top Rated Lawyer (2012 – 2022)
  • Florida Trend, Florida Legal Elite - Wills, Trusts & Estates (2022) 
  • Charla Burchett Avvo Badge - 10.0 Rating
  • Charla Burchett Avvo Badge - 5 Stars
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Trusts, Wills and Estates

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