Mr. Russell focuses his practice on civil and administrative litigation, government relations, and regulated industries. He regularly represents clients before federal and circuit courts and, with respect to regulatory matters, before the State of Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings. He advises a number of executive branch agencies on issues ranging from challenges to proposed agency rules, up to and including complex federal class action litigation.
During his career, Mr. Russell has served as general counsel of the Florida Lottery, where he managed the legal affairs of the lottery’s $5.5 billion per year operation. As general counsel, Mr. Russell was responsible for handling bid protests, administrative, state and federal litigation, and all other legal matters.
Mr. Russell is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, an invitation-only, non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators, executives, and consultants from around the world who are dedicated to education and the exchange of professional information concerning all aspects of gaming law. He frequently serves on panels and speaks at national and international gaming conferences.
Mr. Russell also is the former general counsel for Gulfstream Park, Florida’s premier thoroughbred track and casino. He was responsible for all legal, compliance, regulatory, and risk management at the 150-acre facility, which included a horse race track, two casinos, a poker room, and an outdoor shopping mall.
This year, Mr. Russell was appointed to the Florida Medical Cannabis Advisory Board by Agriculture Commissioner, Nikki Fried. In addition, he was appointed to the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Ron DeSantis.