Panama City
221 McKenzie Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401
Panama City Beach
16215 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Les W. Burke, Shareholder

Les W. Burke is one of the firm’s founding members and is Of Counsel to the Firm. Martindale-Hubbell has designated him as an AV-rated attorney for more than 25 years, which is the highest rating possible. With over 40 years of practicing law, Mr. Burke has extensive experience in the areas of Condominium Law, Local Government Law, and Real Estate Transactions & Litigation. He was a pioneer in the Northwest Florida region with respect to Condominium Law and has represented a multitude of condominium developers, condominium associations, unit sellers, purchasers, and lenders. The numerous developers he has represented are responsible for many thousands of units from Panama City to Pensacola.

In addition to being in private practice, Mr. Burke also served as Bay County Attorney from 1971 to 2007. During that time he witnessed the doubling in size of Bay County and saw the first privatization of jail facilities by a Florida county, the development of a Resource Recovery Facility handling disposal of municipal waste, and the initiation of comprehensive planning and land use regulations.

Mr. Burke is very active in both the legal and civic community of Northwest Florida. He has served on the Florida Bar Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Section from 1973-1974, the Florida Bar Board of Governors from 1984-1988, and is the former Chairman of the First District Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission.

Mr. Burke has also served on the Board of Directors of the Bay Chamber of Commerce and the former Peoples First Community Bank Holding Company. In addition, he was the president of the Bay County Library and presided as the Commodore for the St. Andrews Bay Yacht Club. He is currently a member of the United Way Association and the American Cancer Society and is the President of the Panama Country Club. Mr. Burke’s alumni activities include the University of Florida, the Gator Boosters, and the Florida Law Review Alumni Association.

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions
Florida, 1968

Court Admissions
11th Circuit Court of Appeals

J.D., with honors, University of Florida, 1968

  • Order of Coif

B.A., with honors, University of Florida, 1966

  • Florida Blue Key
  • Hall of Fame

Professional Associations
The Florida Bar
Bay County Bar Association
St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Burke Blue Hutchinson Walters & Smith, P.A. is located in Panama City, Panama City Beach and Sandestin, FL and serves clients in and around Panama City, Panama City Beach, Bay Point, Lynn Haven, Port St. Joe, Apalachicola, Rosemary Beach, Grayton Beach, Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Destin, Sandestin, Fort Walton Beach, Niceville, Bay County, Okaloosa County, Walton County, Santa Rosa County, Escambia County, Gulf County, Franklin County, Washington County.

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Burke Blue Hutchinson Walters & Smith, P.A.
221 McKenzie Avenue
Panama City, FL, 32401 USA