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Meaningful Mediation is Ethical and Mindful Problem Solving


Patrick Russell’s mediation strategies rest on a powerful foundation of professionalism and tactical thinking that are governed by his prior service as an ethics trial lawyer for The Florida Bar.

A meaningful mediation is all about problem-solving. The goal is to find a solution and not to focus exclusively on the problem. The emphasis for a meaningful mediation is the sharing of information, learning something new, and working collaboratively with the other side to find solutions. Check out the Testimonials to see how a meaningful mediation has worked for others.

In addition to his ethics work, Patrick has nearly three decades of legal experience as a statewide litigator prosecuting and defending civil claims in the private sector for both Plaintiffs and Defendants

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Patrick has been an active leader with The Florida Bar as the former Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and serves on its Executive Council. 

A meaningful mediation feels empowering as the parties themselves work together to solve the dispute under terms they crafted and agreed to. Leading the way to proactively resolving disputes is a great service to the clients as well as to an overburdened Court system. 

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.


Likewise, Patrick continues to present regularly (The Business of People) on how to mindfully resolve disputes for more effective outcomes.







Patrick has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Court Mediator since 2009 and has been practicing law since 1994.

A meaningful mediation uses the combined experience of all the participants including the mediator to identify facts and issues so solutions can be considered. The facts and issues are treated non-judgmentally as pieces of a puzzle and from there the parties can get to the work of finding a solution. Does that sound better than a contentious and adversarial proceeding?

Before joining Salmon & Dulberg, Patrick was a Trial Partner with a large Miami law firm where he also created and led the firm’s first statewide Mediation Division.


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

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Business Entities and Startups

  • Condominium Associations

  • Debt Collection and Judgment Enforcement

  • Product Liability

  • Real Estate Law Matters


(View Patrick's Bio)​

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Patrick’s core values are courtesy, honor, and professionalism. He uses an integrated approach to problem-solving by fostering an environment that promotes meaningful and peaceful discussions between the parties.

A meaningful mediation encourages everyone to communicate and listen in a mindful and non-judgmental way. When this is done, parties work with facts and not emotions which leads to better choices. From there, parties are more likely to build rapport, share information, and work collaboratively.

Patrick's mediation goal is to unleash peace to have less conflict and more resolution. 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. 


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 courtesy, honesty, and respect as his guiding principles, Patrick prides himself on having a reputation as a relationship-builder.




Through his non-profit organization, The Making History Project, Patrick conducts oral history interviews of combat veterans. The goal of this project is to preserve the stories of combat veterans through video interviews and bring greater awareness as to the effects of combat trauma. Understanding history can guide us in the present to prepare for the future.


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Florida mediator Patrick Russell

Mediation 2.0 requires more than number and shuttle diplomacy, it requires mindful problem solving, and I am dedicated to working tirelessly to that end.

"The mediation process is elevated when the parties involved see clearly the issues at play and are attuned to the interests and needs of the parties themselves. Amid conflict, these insights are elusive, and a mindfully aware mediator can help establish the conditions to enable the parties to meaningfully engage in the resolution of their dispute, leading to more enduring and sustainable outcomes."


Scott L. Rogers, Director, Mindfulness in Law Program & Lecturer In Law, University of Miami School of Law


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