Florida Mediator

Florida Supreme Court Civil Circuit Certified Mediator

Patrick Russell is a full-time mediator with Salmon & Dulberg Dispute Resolution. Patrick has
been certified as a Florida Supreme Court Civil Circuit Mediator since 2009 and is the Chair
for the ADR Section of The Florida Bar.


Prior to joining Salmon & Dulberg, Patrick was a trial partner with Lydecker | Diaz, an ethics trial
lawyer for The Florida Bar, and before that managed his own law firm. Patrick has nearly three
decades of legal experience in private practice for both large and small firms, representing both
Plaintiffs and Defendants, and this diverse legal experience includes commercial litigation,
condominium associations, first-party insurance claims, personal injury and premises liability, and real estate law.


As a mediation philosophy, 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.


EDUCATION:
University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, 1993
Marquette University, Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, 1990


PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Member, The Florida Bar

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator

  • Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator

  • Chair: The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2021)

  • Chair-Elect: The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2020)

  • Secretary: The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2019)

  • Executive Council: The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2019 – present)

  • Chair of the Health & Wellness Committee: The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (2018 – present)

  • Member, The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Section

  • Member, Miami-Dade County Bar Association

  • Member, Broward County Bar Association

  • Florida Academy of Professional Mediators

  • Director for the Making History Project, a nonprofit oral history project that preserves the experiences of combat veterans and studies the impact that combat trauma can have on military service members.

  • Member, Windstorm Insurance Network

  • Former Member, Florida Grievance Committee, 11th Circuit

  • Former Partner, Lydecker | Diaz

  • Former Ethics Trial Lawyer, The Florida Bar

  • Founding Lawyer, Russell | Law

 

RECENT PRESENTATIONS/PUBLICATIONS:

  • "#ProTip Tuesday", The Florida Bar - Henry Latimer Center for Professionalism, June 2021.

  • "Mindful Mediation", Broward County Bar Association, May 2021.

  • "How to Be Better at...The Power of Health and Wellness", The Common Ground, The Florida Bar ADR Section, Spring 2021.

  • “Ethically Advocating for Your Client at Mediation”, ADR Section of The Florida Bar, The Florida Bar Annual Convention, June 2020.

  • “Mindfulness Negotiation Techniques – Getting to We”, Collaborative Family Law Institute, Coral Gables, Florida, November 2019.

  • “Law and Ethics Update for Insurance Adjusters”, York Risk, Boca Raton, Florida, June 2019.

  • "Technology Competence and Legal Ethics", Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability Roundtable, University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service, Coral Gables, Florida, April 2019.

  • “Mediation Skills and Ethical Advocacy for Trial Lawyers”, The Florida Bar, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Live Webinar, August 2018.

  • “Technology Ethics”, National Legal Aid & Defender Association, Litigation and Advocacy Leader Conference, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 2018

  • “From Hello to Goodbye, Legal Malpractice and Professional Liability Roundtable”,

  • University of Miami School of Law Center for Ethics and Public Service, Coral Gables, Florida, May 2018.

  • “How to Avoid a Bar Complaint”, Meland Russin & Budwick, Miami, Florida, April 2018.

  • “Ethical Implications of Social Media and Technology”, ABA Entertainment Law Symposium, Miami Beach, Florida, April 2018.

  • “How to Avoid a Bar Complaint and (Gasp!) What to Do if You Get One”, GALLA Luncheon, Miami, Florida, March 2018.

  • “Professionalism and Ethics”, Professional Responsibility & Ethics Program, University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, January 2018.

  • “Mediation and Lawyer Ethics”, Advanced Mediation Training 8.0 Hour CME, Effective Mediation Consultants, Miami, Florida, December 2017.

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