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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, L.L.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 Activities

  • The Pines of Sarasota Foundation
    • Board of Trustees (2018-present)
    • Secretary (2019-present)
  • The Florida Bar
    • Real Property and Trust Law Section
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Florida Association of Women Lawyers
  • Impact 100 SRQ
    • Founding Member (2019-present)
    • Education Focus Area Committee Member, 2019


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