Charles J. Bartlett
Chairman of the Board Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida


Charles J. Bartlett serves on the Board of Directors for Gateway Financial Holdings of Florida., Inc. and Gateway Bank of Southwest Florida. Mr. Bartlett is a Senior Shareholder of Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen and Ginsburg, PA, a premier law firm serving the Southwest Florida area since 1956. He specializes in commercial litigation, real estate and business law with an emphasis on the representation of small-to-medium size businesses. Mr. Bartlett has practiced law with this firm for 30 years and served as president of the 32 attorney, 80 employee firm from 1987 until 1998. He is the recipient of the prestigious “AV” rating, the highest rating available from Martindale Hubbell, a respected source of authoritative and dependable information about members of the legal community. Mr. Bartlett was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Commercial Litigation. This honor was based on a rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 2.5 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Mr. Bartlett received his undergraduate degree with honors from Florida State University and his law degree from University of Florida, with high honors. He has held numerous offices and terms with Sarasota County Bar Association including a term as president from 1993-1994. More recently, Mr. Bartlett has been named to Florida Trend’s 2010 Legal Elite, and as “Best Lawyer” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. He currently serves on the Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of the Florida Bar Association. Mr. Bartlett has also served as a trustee member for Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce and numerous other civic boards and non-profit organizations. He has been a resident in this community for 40 years.