Charles W. McBurney Jr. is a Florida native, having attended the 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.
Assistant State Attorney
McBurney served as an Assistant State Attorney for 6 years trying cases from simple misdemeanors to murder. He was responsible for obtaining record forfeitures from drug dealers of well over a million dollars.
In 1990, McBurney entered the private practice, and was a partner at Fischette, Owen, Held, and McBurney, specializing in commercial collections, commercial, and bankruptcy litigation, and now also representation of homeowner and condominium association matters. In 2004, McBurney opened his own practice. He has served as an officer or director of a number of professional organizations such as the Commercial Law League of America and has achieved the highest rating among his peers for ethics and competency. 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 presently serves on the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission, where he was appointed by Senators Rubio and Nelson.
For over 30 years, McBurney has served as an officer or director of over 20 organizations in Jacksonville. He has been recognized a number of 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.
On September 18th, 2007, McBurney was elected to the Florida House of Representatives, District 16, with 79% of the vote. McBurney was re-elected in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. McBurney was “term-limited” and his term ended November 8, 2016. He had the longest continuous service in the Florida House and was considered “Dean” of the House.
McBurney served as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee; and he also served on the Appropriations Committee, Rules, Calendar and Ethics Committee and Rulemaking, Oversight and Repeal Subcommittee. Among other honors, McBurney has received the 2011 Statesman Award from the First Coast Tiger Bay Club, the 2014 Champion for Children’s Rights from Florida’s Children First, 2015 Legislative Champion Award from the Florida Sheriff’s Association, 2013 and 2014 Florida Bar Legislative Award, the 2013 House Legislator of the Year, Florida’s Clerk’s and Comptroller’s Association, the 2012 and 2013 “Defender of Liberty” from the American Conservative Union, the 2016 Furtherance of Justice Award from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, the James C. Rinaman Jr. Public Service Award from the Jacksonville Bar Association 2016, and the Distinguished Legislative Service Award from the Florida Bar in recognition “of his outstanding leadership, statesmanship and sponsorship of legislation to significantly improve and enhance the business laws of the state of Florida.”
McBurney lives in Jacksonville with his wife Deborah, a music teacher at Mandarin Oaks Elementary School in Jacksonville. He is also a member at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. McBurney is an honorary member of the San Jose Rotary Club.