Patrick Russell’s mediation strategies rest on a powerful foundation of tactical thinking, ethics, and diplomacy that are governed by his previous service as an ethics trial lawyer for The Florida Bar. In addition to his ethics work, Patrick has close to three decades of legal experience as a statewide litigator prosecuting and defending civil claims in the private sector for both small and large law firms. Given his extensive experience as both a Plaintiff and Defense lawyer, Patrick understands how to leverage pressure points and countermeasures that surface during a case which provides an enhanced perspective for conflict resolution as a mediator.
Patrick has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Court Mediator since 2009 and has been practicing law since 1994. Before joining Salmon & Dulberg, he was a Trial Partner at Lydecker | Diaz where he also created and led the firm’s first statewide Mediation Division. Prior to Lydecker | Diaz, Patrick managed his own law firm for almost two decades and then worked with The Florida Bar. Patrick’s diverse legal experience includes insurance law and first-party property claims, high exposure personal injury claims and premises liability matters, ethics and professional responsibility issues, and commercial litigation. Many litigators leave behind a legacy of conflict. Throughout his entire career, Patrick has maintained mutual respect with opposing counsel, many of whom are and remain friends. With consistency, honesty and respect as his guiding principles, Patrick prides himself on having a reputation as a relationship-builder who looks to the lessons of history to guide solutions for the future.
When it comes to conflict resolution, assaults on the entrenched position of a party will cause collateral damage that impedes resolution. Patrick’s core values are honor, professionalism, and courtesy. He uses an integrated approach to problem-solving by fostering an environment that promotes meaningful and peaceful discussions between the parties. His mediation goal is to unleash peace to have less conflict and more resolution. He promotes cooperation and coalition-building to enhance resolution opportunities. When parties mindfully listen, speak and act during mediation, they can better understand one another, trust one another, and are in a better position to resolve their differences.
Patrick has been an active leader with The Florida Bar where he is the Chair-Elect for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and serves on its Executive Council. During his time with the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Patrick was honored to lead and organize the “Be Well Stay Well” Health and Wellness Series for The Florida Bar, a six-part health and wellness program for Florida lawyers. Health and wellness is an important issue for Patrick on both a professional and personal level. Personally, Patrick has sought to honor the memory of our combat veterans and to bring greater awareness to the effects of trauma by conducting oral history interviews of veterans through his non-profit organization, the Making History Project.
Areas Of Expertise
- Personal Injury/Torts
- Real Property
- First-Party Insurance Property Claims
- Premises Liability
- Commercial Litigation
- Condominium Association
Areas Of Certification
- Circuit Civil