Charles McBurney is a Florida native, having attended public schools in Florida. He is a high honors graduate of the University of Florida where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, was a member of the leadership honorary Florida Blue Key and was president of the Debate team. McBurney also graduated from the University of Florida Law School where he was a member of the moot court team and was selected to the Order of the Barristers. After 6 years with the State Attorney's Office where he handled misdemeanors all the way up to murder, he moved into private practice in 1990.
He has served as an officer, chair, or director of numerous professional organizations such as the Commercial Law League of America, the Jacksonville Bar Association, and the Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association. He is a member of the Business Section of the Florida Bar. For over 20 years, McBurney has achieved the highest rating among his peers for ethics and competency (“AV”) and is listed in the Bar Register of Prominent Lawyers. McBurney has been a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education regarding bankruptcy and commercial law.
Among other bar activities, McBurney was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to be on the Florida Innocence Commission and the Access to Civil Justice Commission. McBurney has also been appointed to serve on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission and the Federal Judicial Advisory Commission.
McBurney has served as an officer or director of over 20 organizations in Jacksonville. He has been recognized many times by civic organizations, including the Small Businessman of the Year by the Southside Business Men’s Club, the Leadership Award by the First Coast Tiger Bay Club, and the Most Outstanding Chapter President Award by the Florida Jaycees.
McBurney was also a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2007-2016 where, among other committees, he was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, which is the House Committee overseeing changes to civil and criminal law. Among the legislation he sponsored that became law was a substantial revision to the laws regarding limited liability companies.
- Distinguished Legislator Award 2012 – Florida Bar Business Law Section
- 2012 Outstanding Citizen Award – Florida Council on Social Studies
- Civic Education Advocacy Award, Florida Law Related Education Association
- House Legislator of the Year, Florida Clerk’s and Comptroller’s Association, 2013
- Florida Bar Legislative Award, 2013, 2014
- Legislative Leadership Award, 2014 – Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section
- Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice, 2014 – 2016 Appointed by Chief Justice of Florida Supreme Court
- James C. Rinaman Public Service Award, Jacksonville Bar Association, 2016