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Charles F. Robinson

Elder law Attorney at Clearwater, FL

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About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

Practice area
  1. Elder law
    Planning for: Asset Protection Medicaid The Chronically Ill or Disabled Spouse Veterans Benefits Qualified Income Trusts Disabled or Incapacitied Adults Medicaid Applications Special Needs for Disabled Children Special Needs Trusts for Personal Injury Settlements and Inheritances Estate Settlement, and Trust Administration

Charles F. Robinson is an Elder Law Attorney Certified by The Florida Bar, who has specialized in planning for the elderly, the disabled, and people with special needs for over 30 years.  He is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs for Veterans Benefits planning.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and The Florida Bar Foundation.  He serves on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section as liaison to The Florida Bar Elder Law Section and serves on various committees.  He is a member and Past Chair of the Elder Law Section.  Charlie has served  on the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. Board for over 25 years and was President twice and Treasurer.  He is the President -Elect of the Florida Council on Aging Board and chaired the Advocacy Committee for four years.  He is Vice-Chair of the Department of Elder Affairs Advisory Council.

     Charlie is a member of the Board of Directors of Bay Care Alliant Hospital and a past member of the Foundation for Indigent Guardianship, Inc.  He is a member of the Professional Partners Council for the local Hospice and an advisor to Advocare Trust for special needs citizens.  

     Charlie is a Fellow of The College  of Law Practice Management of the American Bar Association and past Chair of the Law Practice Management Division of the American Bar and The Florida Bar Practice Management.  He served for several years on the American Bar Association's Commission on Law and Aging.

     Charlie received the Spirit of Hope 2013 Award from the Upper Pinellas Association for Retarded Citizens.

     Charlie received the Sam Smith Award from the American Bar Law Practice Division.  This is the highest award a member can receive.  Recipients are selected by past chairs of the Division.

     The Florida Bar Elder Law Section awarded Charlie their Lifetime Achievement Award.  He received the Charlotte Brayer Public Service Award from The Florida Bar Elder Law Section and as a member of the Florida Public Policy Task Force he received the "Outstanding Member" award from that Section.  The Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys gave  him the "Outstanding Member Award".  He was awarded the Judge E. Earl Zehmer Award by The Florida Bar for contributions to legal technology exemplifying commitment to bring the legal profession into the Information Age.   

     Charlie has been a practicing attorney in Clearwater since 1967 and has an AV rating from Martindale.  The Law Office of Charles F. Robinson, P.A. is listed in Florida Trends magazine Legal Elite.  Charlies F. Robinson  is listed as one of the Top Elder Law Attorneys in Florida by Super Lawyers.    Charlie was named one of eight small firm Lawyers of the Year by the newspaper, Lawyers Weekly USA. 

He is a popular speaker with professionals and lay people locally as well as nationally on the topics of Elder Law and the Future of the Legal Profession.  He is a graduate of the University of Florida for both his BA and Juris Doctorate degrees.

Licensed for 55 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1967
Updated 02/23/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Posted by Suckered | October 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
overcharged and lack of effort. hired new lawyer who charged half and got the job done in a tenth of the time...doh!
Response from Charles Robinson October 29, 2019
I would like to hear from this former client to better understand their concerns and so I can recognize and review the matter and rectify any concerns. My paralegal and I can't think of who this may be as we have no recollection of a client complaint. I would like to take this offline and deal directly with the former client as to what happened and how I can improve the relationship. This is the first complaint in my long time in practice and I take seriously the opportunity to do what I can to repair the relationship.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)


  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1966
  • University of Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1964
  • St. Petersburg Junior College
  • AA
  • 1962


  • Florida Council of Aging (FCOA)
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Dept. of Elderly Affairs Advisory Council
  • Vice Chair
  • 2008 - Present
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
  • Fellow
  • 1997 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Former Chair and member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • Executive Council
  • 1987 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Elder Law
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Sam Smith Award
  • ABA Law Practice Division
  • 2014
  • Lawyers of the Year
  • Lawyers Weekly USA
  • 2011
  • Florida Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2011
  • Outstanding Member
  • Florida Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • N/A
  • Charlotte Brayer Public Service Award
  • Florida Bar Association Elder Law Section
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Drafting Special Needs Trusts
  • 2005
  • Joint Meeting
  • Trends vs. Cycles
  • 2004
  • Analysis on the Current Changes to Medicaid and Update on Task Force
  • Analysis on the Current Changes to Medicaid and Update on Task Force
  • 2004
  • 22nd Annual Attorney/Trust Officer Liaison Conference
  • Business Issues Affecting Lawyers and Trust Officers
  • 2003
  • Probate Round Table Meeting
  • Alphabet Soup
  • 2002
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Attorney endorsements

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Elder law Attorney | Jul 13
Relationship: Other
"I've known Charlie Robinson for quite some time. We have traveled in the same Elder Law circles for years. He is on the forefront of Elder Law, active in national and local associations, an advocate and dedicated to advancing his field of practice. In addition, his approachable demeanor just rounds out his positive attributes making him a well known and sought after attorney."
Elder law Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charlie Robinson is one of the lions of elder law, and a visionary practitioner. He is renowned as one of the leading futurists, but he is solidly grounded in present-day practice techniques that serve his clients efficiently, ethically and expertly. He's just plain great."
Elder law Attorney | Mar 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Charlie Robinson has been a fixture in the local legal community for many years. He is an attorney of great ethics who enjoys a fine reputation among his peers in elder law, an area of practice that is often difficult and requires somewhat unique skill sets and sensitivity."
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Clearwater Elder law Lawyer Charles F. Robinson
Charles F. Robinson
Elder law Attorney
Clearwater, FL
Licensed for 55 years