Brandon D. Bellew

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate & Trust Litigation Attorney in Clearwater, FL

Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns LLP
 | 911 Chestnut Street, Clearwater, FL 33756
Phone: 727-315-1713
Fax: 727-441-8617
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010, 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Estate & Trust Litigation
    Attorney Profile

     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
    • 100%Estate & Trust Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Will Contests


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    Rising Stars: 2010, 2015 - 2021

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    About Brandon Bellew

    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

    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

    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

    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
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    Office Location for Brandon D. Bellew

    911 Chestnut Street
    Clearwater, FL 33756

    Phone: 727-315-1713

    Fax: 727-441-8617

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    Last Updated: 3/30/2021

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