The story of Burke Blue Hutchison Walters & Smith, P.A.
Our law firm was originally formed in 1973 by five attorneys. One was a banker, another was the School Board Attorney, two were general practioners, and Les Burke was the Bay County Attorney. In 1984, the name "Burke and Blue" was adopted and the Firm limited its practice to representing the County and all facets of condominium development law.
Soon after, Burke and Blue starting the process of building a new law office building fronting on Massalina Bayou in beautiful downtown Panama City in the shadow of the Bay County Court House. The new office provided ample space for expansion and over the years the Firm has grown to 16 attorneys. Ultimately the Firm also established additional offices in Panama City Beach and Sandestin in order to better serve our clients across Florida’s Great Northwest.
The Firm’s practice areas have also grown dramatically to offering many practice areas such as real estate law, business law, estate planning, wealth management, civil law, mediation, alternative dispute resolution, government law, environmental law, and land use since the beginning, as a direct response to the needs of our clients. Burke Blue attorneys practice in a variety areas including Real Estate Law, Business Law, Estate Planning, Probate and Wealth Management, Civil Litigation and Appeals, Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Government, Environment and Land Use.
From the beginning, the Firm adopted an inclusive management style that worked through consensus building, which involved all the attorneys in the decisions that operated and shaped the Firm. Except as required by the increased number of attorneys and offices, this style continues. Burke Blue has approximately 40 team members who all believe in exceeding the expectations of the Firm's many clients. The original five lawyers established a culture of collaboration, high integrity, and professionalism that has continued and evolved for almost four decades. The Law Firm of Burke Blue Hutchison Walters & Smith, P.A. remains committed to the core values established by its founding partners.