Meaningful Mediation is Ethical, Mindful & Strategic
Patrick Russell’s mediation strategies rest on a powerful foundation of tactical thinking, ethics, and diplomacy that are governed by his prior service as an ethics trial lawyer for The Florida Bar.
“I had little confidence that our matter would resolve at mediation because the parties had attempted to settle the case ourselves to no unveil. Whatever you did to convince my client to pay more than she was contemplating and to get the Plaintiff to accept substantially less than he thought he was entitled to has certainly gained my admiration. I will certainly seek you out for future alternative dispute resolutions.”
—Reginald Mathis, Esq.
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 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 conflict which provides an enhanced perspective for conflict resolution as a mediator.
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
“A successful mediator needs to have equal parts -- people pleaser and knowledge of the law. Mr. Russell has both and gets the job done.”
—David Hagen, Law Office of David A. Hagen, P.A.
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.
Patrick has been a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Court Mediator since 2009 and has been practicing law since 1994.
“Mr. Russell quickly grasped the issues and understood its complexities and dynamics. He was well prepared beforehand and in his presentation he was both fair and sincere. I would highly recommend him as a mediator."
—Harold B. Klite Truppman, Esq.
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.
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
Business Entities and Startups
Debt Collection and Judgment Enforcement
Real Estate Law Matters
When it comes to conflict resolution, assaults on the entrenched position of a party will cause collateral damage that impedes resolution.
"While this wasn’t my first mediation, it was the first utilizing a Zoom teleconference and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Your professionalism and experience were certainly on display and I wouldn’t hesitate using your services again in the future and will be recommending you to any of my colleagues looking for a mediator."
—Robert Leff, Esq.
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.
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.
A profound respect for the commitment that combat veterans have made to our country and not to lose their stories.
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.
"Patrick was considerate and understanding of the positions of both sides. He was impartial and genuinely cared foremost about resolving the dispute"
—Morton Antman, Esq.