Charles J. Bennardini

Charles J. Bennardini

Charles J. Bennardini


Charlie concentrates his practice in the areas of complex commercial and business litigation, securities litigation and arbitration, professional malpractice and legal ethics, and adversarial probate litigation. After retiring from the United States Coast Guard as a law specialist in 1997, he practiced with the firm of Tew Cardinas until the founding of Katzman Wasserman Bennardini & Rubinstein, P.A. in 2001.


Charlie received his Juris Doctor from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1986. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1977. He is a member of the Florida Bar and Virginia Bar, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.

While in the Coast Guard, Charlie commanded the United States Coast Guard Cutter Point Warde located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and also was the Executive Officer of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Tampa located in Portsmouth, Virginia. He and his wife, Nelda, reside in Boca Raton, Florida.

As a Coast Guard lawyer, Charlie specialized in court-martial and criminal appellate litigation. Since retiring from the military in 1997, he has represented sophisticated business owners, shareholders, and entrepreneurs in a wide variety of litigation involving challenging liability and damages theories.


University United States Coast Guard Academy, B.S., 1977
Law School College of William & Mary, J.D., 1986
Admitted Florida, Virginia, U.S. District Court, Souther District of Florida, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Memberships Federal Bar Association, Past President Palm Beach County & Pentagon Chapters, Federal Bar Association, Past Chair, Career Services Division, Palm Beach County Bar Association, South Palm Beach County Bar Association
Recognition AV Rating from Martindale Hubble, Top Lawyer in Palm Beach and Martin Counties, 2011
Born Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, June 27, 1955
Military Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, 1977-1997
Prior to KWBR Tew Cardenas (1997 – 2001), Law Specialist and Senior Government Appellate Counsel, U.S. Coast Guard (1986 – 1997), Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (1977 – 1997)


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