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Charles J. Basinait
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Direct Dial: 239.344.1204
Direct Fax: 239.344.1580

Charles J. Basinait’s primary areas of practice are land use, zoning and environmental law and he serves as chair of that division. Prior to joining Henderson Franklin, Chuck was an Assistant State Attorney for one year and an Assistant Lee County Attorney for over four years. While with the County Attorney's Office, Chuck initially served as Lee County's primary litigation representative for eminent domain matters. Later in his tenure with the County Attorney's Office, Chuck was a supervisor in the land use division and advised the County staff and Board of County Commissioners in various zoning, land use and land development matters.

In 1988, Chuck joined Henderson Franklin and became a partner in 1993. His practice initially included private party and governmental representation in eminent domain matters, along with an emphasis on land use, zoning and environmental law. Since 2000, Chuck focuses his practice exclusively in the area of land use, zoning and environmental law, assisting numerous local and national developers obtain a wide variety of development entitlements. He works on an assortment of matters, including Developments of Regional Impact (DRI), rezonings, special exceptions, special permits, variances, comprehensive plan interpretations and amendments, as well as a host of other land use, zoning and environmental law related matters. Chuck reviews projects, both from a zoning and planning standpoint.

Chuck has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® (2013-2018) and Florida Super Lawyers (2018) for his work in land use and zoning law. He was also named the 2016 Fort Myers Land Use & Zoning Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America. Chuck is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Chuck moved to Florida in 1982. He is married to Andrea Paino and has three daughters, Nicole, Megan and Erin.

Professional and Civic Affiliations

Chuck is a member of the Lee County Bar Association and Lee County Land Use Bar. He is also a Florida Bar member and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, as well as being a member of the Real Estate Investment Society (and former president) and the Tiger Bay Club. Chuck previously served on the Advisory Boards and held leadership positions for the American Cancer Society and Salvation Army. He also served on the Lee County Regulatory Oversight Committee and served as chairman of the Florida Bar Client Security Fund.

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  • Undergraduate Degree: St. Bonaventure University, B.A., 1975 
  • Law Degree: New England School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Admitted to The Florida Bar 1982

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