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William M. Burke

William M. Burke


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Bill Burke is a shareholder in the firm.  Mr. Burke is a Florida Bar Board Certified specialist in Wills, Trusts and Estates Law and concentrates his practice in estate planning and estate administration.  He works with clients in conforming their estate plans to Florida law as well as engaging in comprehensive estate and gift tax planning strategies.  He also handles the settlements of estates and related revocable trusts both for Florida residents and nonresidents who own property in Florida.  Mr. Burke is originally from Syracuse, New York.  He and his family moved to Naples in 1995.  He was formerly a partner with the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King.

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Awards & Recognition

  • Naples Illustrated’s 2020 list of Top Lawyers
  • Florida Bar Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer
  • AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in 2003-2017 editions of The Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates Law
  • Named Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” for Naples and Fort Myers region by The Best Lawyers in
  • America® in 2012
  • Named to Florida’s “Super Lawyers” in 2006-2017 by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters publication
  • Named as a “Five Star: Best in Client Satisfaction Wealth Manager” ® by Gulfshore Life Magazine
  • Named to Florida’s Legal Elite by Florida Trend Magazine in 2011

Professional Activities/Associations

  • The Florida Bar (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section)
  • Collier County Bar Association (Member, Trusts and Estates Section)
  • Chairman, Trust and Estates Section, Collier County Bar Association (1998-1999)
  • Member, Professional Advisors Council, Collier County Community Foundation
  • Member, Estate Planning Council of Naples, Inc.

Civic/Charitable Activities/Associations

  • Member, Board of Directors, Champions for Learning (2015-) (Secretary, 2017-)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Greater Naples YMCA (2009-2014) (President, 2010-2012)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Naples Historical Society (2003-2009) (Secretary 2004-2009)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Youth Haven, Inc. (1996-2004) (President 2000-2002) (Foundation President 2002-2004)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Pine Ridge Civic Association (1998-2000)


  • Georgetown University J.D., cum laude, 1986
  • Dartmouth College A.B., 1983