Practice Area

Environmental|Government|Higher Education|Land Use|Real Estate|Transportation|Utilities


University of Florida
Class of 1958

University of Florida
Class of 1962

University of Florida
Class of 1955

J. Charles Gray

  • Environmental
  • Government
  • Higher Education
  • Land Use
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation
  • Utilities
Charles serves as chairman of the board and founding director of GrayRobinson, where he continues to practice full time in the 270-plus lawyer firm. He has served as city solicitor for the city of Orlando, chairman of the Florida State Turnpike Authority, chairman of the Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, and chairman of the University of Central Florida Foundation, and in many other leadership positions. Charles served for seven years as county attorney for Orange County and was involved in developing the county's Tourist Development Plan, the Orange County Civic/Convention Center and the Orange County Comprehensive Growth Plan; resolving the building moratorium in Orange County by developing a modern waste-water treatment and potable water program using innovative methods and financing; and consolidating 16 separate fire districts into one unified county fire department. Charles organized and served as general counsel for the Orange County Health Facilities Authority and has represented major developers in large Development of Regional Impact reviews, comprehensive plan amendments, and major state- and county-negotiated property acquisitions.

Charles and his wife, Saundra, have a website for their now-completed sailing trip around the world.

Awards & Recognitions

•Florida TaxWatch Life Time Emeritus Award, 2015
Orlando Life, AV Preeminent Lawyers, Environmental, 2013
Daily Business Review, Top Rated Lawyer, Energy, Environmental and Land Use Law, 2013
Orlando Business Journal's Most Influential Businessmen Legacy Award, 2009
•Leadership Florida, LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009
•Inducted into Hall of Power, Orlando Magazine's 50 Most Powerful, 2009
•Florida Super Lawyers, 2007-2010
•John Young History Maker Present Award, 2008
•Named to 25 Most Powerful People in Central Florida, Orlando Sentinel, 2008
•Named to Orlando's 50 Most Powerful People in Central Florida, Orlando Magazine, 2008, 2009
•Legacy Award, Greater Orlando Leadership Foundation, 2005
Florida Trend selected as one of Florida's Legal Elite, 2004
•Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Laureate, 2003
•James B. Greene Award for Economic Development, 1998
Orlando Magazine recognized as one of Orlando's Most Trusted Attorneys, 1997
•Honoree, Florida Public Relations Association Roast & Toast, 1996
•Orlando Chamber of Commerce J. Thomas Gurney Lifetime of Service to Community Award, 1988
•Outstanding Young Men of America, 1966
•Honorary Alumnus, University of Central Florida
•Seven Seas Cruising Association World Circumnavigator Award
•Volusia County Conservationist of the Year Award
•Marquis Who's Who in America
•Marquis Who's Who in America Law
•Marquis Who's Who in the South and Southwest
•Marquis Who's Who in the World


Charles currently serves on the following boards:
•Florida Chamber and Florida Research Consortium, Blueprint for an Innovative Economy, Chair
•Orlando Remembered, Board of Directors
•University of Central Florida Foundation, Trustee Emeritus

Charles has served in the past as follows:
•Florida TaxWatch, Board of Directors
•Florida Earth Foundation, Board of Directors
•Southeast National Bank of Orlando, Founding Director and General Counsel
•Florida State Turnpike Authority, Chairman
•Economic Development Commission of Mid-Florida, Inc., Chairman
•University of Central Florida Foundation, Chairman
•UCF President's Council of Advisors, Chairman
•Ol'Timers Men's Club, President, Board of Directors
•The Commission of the Future of Florida's Public Universities, Member
•John Young History Maker Award Committee, Co-Chairman
•Orange County's Blue Ribbon Panel on Education, Member
•Orange County Compact, Vice Chairman, Director
•Citrus Club of Orlando, Director
•University Club of Orlando, Director
•Meadow Woods Education Foundation, Director
•Florida History Associates, Member
•Board of Trustees, Orlando Museum of Art, Member
•Board of Trustees, Dr. Phillips Foundation, Member
•Florida Department of Commerce Economic Development Advisory Council, Member
•Federal Judicial Nominating Commission of Florida, Member
•Celebration Health Foundation, Director
•Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Director
•Coalition to build new I-4 bridge over St. Johns River, Vice Chairman
•All Saints Episcopal Church, Vestry Member
•O-Force, Director
•Seeds of Peace, Advisory Board Member
•National Cattlemen's Association, Director
•Orange County Cattlemen's Association, Honorary Member
•Florida Santa Gertrudis Cattle Association, President
•National Polled Santa Gertrudis Cattle Association, President
•Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, President
•Volusia County Soil and Water Conservation District, Member

Articles & Publications

• In Center of Sunshine State, A Game-Changing Economic Initiative, Tampa Tribune, April 2015

Presentations & Seminars

• Real Estate Development around Rail Stations, U.S. High Speed Rail Association, Florida High Speed Rail 2010 Conference, Panel, March 4-5, 2010, Orlando, Florida
• Staying on Track: Passenger Rail & Transit in America, 3rd Annual Transportation & Infrastructure Convention, Panel, March 10-12, 2010, Washington D.C.

Related News

•Charlie Gray Serves as Panelist at Transportation Seminar
•Charlie Gray Selected as Chair of the Florida Chamber Foundation's Innovation Research Report

Professional Association &|Membership•The Florida Bar
•Orange County Bar
•American Bar Association
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