Charles Buist

Charles Buist

Attorney
  • Spetsas Buist PLLC
  • 225 E Robinson St, Suite 542, Orlando, Florida 32801
  • 8034041199

Charles is a native of South Carolina. Charles’ father, Dr. Buist, is a dentist, and he raised Charles alone. Therefore, Charles spent a lot of time in a dentist office while he was growing up, and he started working as a dental assistant at an early age. Charles saw many horrific cases where patients would come to Dr. Buist after being injured by another dentist. He witnessed many patients who were harmed by careless or reckless dentists. As a result, Charles became very passionate about dental malpractice and protecting dental patients.

Charles went to the College of Charleston for his undergraduate degree, and he comes from a long line of Charleston, South Carolina attorneys. In fact, the Buist family started one of the oldest law firms in Charleston in the 1800s. The firm was called Buist & Buist, but it later changed names in the 1970s after merging with another law firm and eventually became Buist, Moore, Smythe & McGee. Although Charles considered moving back to Charleston many times, he and his wife ultimately fell in love with Orlando, Florida. After law school, Charles visited his law school roommate, Nick Spetsas, in Orlando for a New Years' weekend and absolutely fell in love with the area. The parks, the people, the beauty, and the year-round sunshine make Orlando the perfect location for Charles and his family, and they are proud to call Orlando their home.

Charles' Family

Charles is married to Alexa Buist, and they currently have one little baby boy, Charles R. Buist III. Charles met Alexa at the University of South Carolina in August 2017, and they got married in March 2020. They were blessed with little Charlie in December 2021. He’s a wild little baby, and he loves eating, sleeping, and pulling out daddy’s chest hair.

Charles and Alexa met in the gym at the University of South Carolina. They both love fitness and adventure, and when they aren’t spending time with their little boy, they enjoy traveling, hiking, fitness, and anything outdoors. They really love the beaches in Florida, and Charles likes freshwater fishing when he has the opportunity.

Graduate Education

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.), University of South Carolina, School of Law, Cum Laude
  • Master of Environmental Law and Policy (M.E.L.P.), Vermont Law School, Magna Cum Laude
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), University of South Carolina, Darla Moore School of Business, Cum Laude

Federal Clerkships

  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Anderson, Jr. (2017)
  • Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable David R. Duncan (2018-2020)

Academic Honors

  • Research Editor for South Carolina Law Review
  • Research Assistant for Professor Wadie E. Said
  • CALI Award in Criminal Procedure
  • CALI Award in Federal Income Taxation
  • CALI Award in Advanced Legal Writing
  • CALI Award in Legal Research, Analysis, and Writing
  • Dean’s List all Semesters
  • Order of the Wig and Robe
  • Student Bar Association Elected Representative (All Semesters)
  • Selected Tutor of Legal Research, Analysis and Writing

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Federal District of South Carolina
  • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Wyoming (Inactive and in Good Standing)
  • Colorado (Inactive and in Good Standing)
  • Oregon (Inactive and in Good Standing)

Hobbies and Content

Charles enjoys making creative content and writing. After law school, Charles had a long list of things he wished he’d known before entering law school. As a result, Charles wrote and published a book called How to Crush Law School: Graduate at the Top of Your Class and Land the Job of Your Dreams. The book quickly jumped to the top of Amazon’s law school guide category.

Charles loves creating audio content, and he launched a podcast back in 2018 to help law students succeed in law school. The podcast included interviews with various top law school performers and a variety of tips and tricks relevant to law school success. Charles also enjoys self-improvement books, graphic design, and animation. He found a way to bring those passions together by creating content for a YouTube channel. He has created various animated book summaries, which has gained thousands of followers and views. In the process of making this content, Charles became very proficient with animation software, and now he uses those skills to teach clients about personal injury law and to produce content for Spetsas Buist PLLC.