Brandon D. Bellew

Top rated estate & trust litigation attorney in Clearwater, Florida

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP
Brandon D. Bellew
Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP

Practice Areas: Estate & trust litigation; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 2006

Education: Stetson University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2010, 2015 - 2021

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP

311 Park Place
Suite 300
Clearwater, FL 33759 Visit website


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. 

Practice areas

Estate & trust litigation

Focus areas

Will contests

  • 100% Estate & trust litigation

First Admitted: 2006, Florida

Professional Webpage:

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2015-2021) Estate and Trust Litigation, Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Litigation Clearwater – Trusts and Estates – “Lawyer of the Year" 
  • Avvo “Superb” 10.0 rating
  • The Best Lawyers® in America for Litigation- Trusts and Estates (2018 - 2021), Best Lawyers
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Head Coach for Safety Harbor Recreation Basketball League, 11 to 13-year-old division, 2018 Summer League champions
  • Head Coach of back to back East Lake Flag Football 5th and 6th Grade Division Spring League champions (2017, 2018)
  • Member of the Board of the Dunedin Fine Arts Center Planned Giving Committee
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • President Elect, Clearwater Bar Association, 2017-2018
  • Chair of the Clearwater Bar Probate and Guardianship Section, 2014-2016
  • The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate and Trust Section)
  • Former Chair of Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee 6E
  • Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Association (Probate and Real Property)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2006
  • American Bar Association
  • Clearwater Bar Association Board of Directors, 2013-2016
  • The Florida Bar, 2006
  • Leadership Pinellas Class of 2013
  • Executive Council of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the Florida Bar
Educational Background:
  • Stetson University J.D., 2006; M.B.A., 2006, 2006
  • University of South Florida, B.A., 2003
  • Graduate of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2017

Office location for Brandon D. Bellew

311 Park Place
Suite 300
Clearwater, FL 33759

Phone: 727-315-1713


1 Year Super Lawyers
8 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2010, 2015 - 2021

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