Charles R. Gardner


Mr. Gardner has been a shareholder of the firm since its inception in 1978 and his primary practice areas include commercial real estate transactions and litigation, land use, real estate development and condemnation (eminent domain). Mr. Gardner has litigated real property matters in the Florida circuit courts in over half the counties in the state and has handled appeals of several cases of first impression in each of the Florida District Courts of Appeal and in the Supreme Court of Florida. He has lectured at numerous continuing legal education programs in various areas of real property law including the Real Property Certification Review Courses, the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges, and the Attorneys’ Title Insurance Fund Seminar. Mr. Gardner was appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve on the Governor’s Florida Land Acquisition and Eminent Domain Task Force in 1981 and 1982 and by the Attorney General of Florida to serve on the Caveat Emptor Study Commission in 1994. Mr. Gardner has served on the boards of directors of several community organizations including the Ronald McDonald House Charities, Seminole Boosters, Synovus Trust Company of Florida, and The Devoe L. Moore Center at The Florida State University, and has been a bank director for more than 25 years. Mr. Gardner is an approved title insurance agent for First American Title Insurance Company, Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, and Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, LLC.


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  • The Florida State University College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • The Florida State University, B.A., History, 1971
  • Emory University, 1967-1969
  • Florida, 1974
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Co-Author: “Florida Eminent Domain Practice and Procedure”, Third Edition.
  • The Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section and Environmental and Land Use Section
  • Tallahassee Bar Association
  • Former Member, Executive Counsel, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • Former Member of the Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar
  • Past-Co-Chairman, Committee on Marketable Record Title Act, Public and Sovereign Lands
  • Past-Chairman, Real Property Amicus Curiae Committee
  • Past-Chairman, Second Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Former Member, Eminent Domain Committee
  • Former Member, Committee on Uniform Title Standards

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