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Brandon D. Bellew, a partner at Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns, LLP, provides outstanding representation in the areas of trust, estate and guardianship litigation and has done so during his entire career. He represents clients throughout Florida in all types and phases of contested issues relating to trusts, estates and guardianships.He frequently writes articles and lectures on trust, estate and guardianship litigation topics. He is very active in the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section where he serves on its Executive Council, is active on the Trust Law, Probate Law and Procedure and Probate & Trust litigation committees and currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Guardianship, Power of Attorney and Advanced Directives Committee. Brandon is also currently serving as the President of the Clearwater Bar Association, 2018-2019.Brandon has been recognized for his professional accomplishments by being named Best Lawyers® 2019 Litigation Clearwater – Trusts and Estates – “Lawyer of the Year", listed in The Best Lawyers® in America for Litigation- Trusts and Estates (2018, 2019), recognized as a Rising Star in the practice area of Estate and Trust Litigation by Super Lawyers (2010, 2015-2018) and by earning an Avvo “Superb” 10.0 rating.Brandon’s cases are often highly emotional and sensitive because they involve family disputes relating to the recent death or incapacity of a loved one. He approaches his cases with a problem solver mindset. While he is an experienced trial attorney and aggressively pursues his clients’ desired outcomes, he believes that most cases should be resolved outside of the courtroom because often, that is the most efficient and cost-effective way to give his clients the best results possible.When Brandon is not practicing law, he spends his time with his family and coaching youth basketball and flag football.


  • 911 Chestnut Street
    Clearwater, FL 33756


  • Stetson University , J.D., M.B.A. , graduated 2006
  • University of South Florida, B.A., graduated 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2006


  • The Florida Bar’s Probate Rules Committee - member, 2018- present
  • Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar - Member
  • Guardianship, Power of Attorney and Advanced Directives Committee of the Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section - Vice Chair, 2017- present
  • Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel - Graduate 2017
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 6E - Former Chair and member, 2012-2015
  • Clearwater Bar Association - President 2018-present
  • Clearwater Bar Association - President Elect 2017-2018
  • Clearwater Bar Probate and Guardianship Section - Chair 2014-2016
  • Clearwater Bar Association - Board of Directors, 2013-2016
  • Safety Harbor Recreation Basketball League, 11 to 13-year-old division, 2018 Summer League champions - Head Coach
  • East Lake Flag Football 5th and 6th Grade Division Spring League champions; 2017, 2018 - Head Coach
  • Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Association (Probate and Real Property) - Member
  • Dunedin Fine Arts Center Planned Giving Committee - Member of the Board
  • Leadership Pinellas - Class of 2013
  • Sun Coast YMCA - Former volunteer youth basketball coach

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, St. Petersburg (2019)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates


  • The Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” 2019 for Clearwater – Trusts and Estates
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation- Trusts and Estates (2018-2019)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-2018) Estate and Trust Litigation
  • Avvo “Superb” 10.0 rating


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