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


Charles J. Bartlett – Chairman

Charles J. 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 34 years and served as president of the 32 attorney, 70 employee firm from 1987 until 1998.  He has been the continuous 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, annually since 1987.  Mr. Bartlett has been repeatedly honored by his inclusion among the Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and as a “Best Lawyer” by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.  In addition, Mr. Bartlett was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2009 through 2014 editions 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 magna cum laude 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.  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 44 years.