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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.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 100%



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Cash, Check

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  • Robert B Fleming

    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.


    Robert Fleming Trusts Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Sidney Wallis Kilgore

    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.


    Sidney Kilgore Patent application Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Special Needs Lawyers, PA

901 Chestnut Street, Suite C
Clearwater, FL, 33756


FLMember in Good Standing196706/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Elder LawFlorida Super Lawyers2014
Sam Smith AwardABA Law Practice Division2014
Florida Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2011
Lawyers of the YearLawyers Weekly USA2011
Charlotte Brayer Public Service AwardFlorida Bar Association Elder Law SectionN/A
Outstanding MemberFlorida Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Council of Aging (FCOA)Board Member2008 - Present
Dept. of Elderly Affairs Advisory CouncilVice Chair2008 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselFellow1997 - Present
Florida Bar Association, Elder Law SectionFormer Chair and member1991 - Present
Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law SectionExecutive Council1987 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1966
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1964
St. Petersburg Junior CollegeN/AAA1962
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law SectionDrafting Special Needs Trusts2005
Joint MeetingTrends vs. Cycles2004
Analysis on the Current Changes to Medicaid and Update on Task ForceAnalysis on the Current Changes to Medicaid and Update on Task Force2004
22nd Annual Attorney/Trust Officer Liaison ConferenceBusiness Issues Affecting Lawyers and Trust Officers2003
Probate Round Table MeetingAlphabet Soup2002