Lanny Russell

Lanny has built a reputation as a go-to lawyer for business litigation in over 35 years of practice. His trial skills combine with business acumen to make him comfortable in the boardroom or in the courtroom. Lanny has extensive experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration, including administrative law claims and appeals. He has represented clients in complex high value disputes concerning the hospitality industry, retail petroleum sales, insurance coverage, real estate development and brokerage, construction, accounting, banking and fiduciary relationships. Lanny has been listed in Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year in Jacksonville, in Litigation–Construction (2013, 2015, and 2017) and Litigation–Banking and Finance (2014 and 2016).

Professional Activities

  • Middle District of Florida Grievance Committee (2000-2006)
  • Emeritus Member, Chester Bedell Inn of Court (Chancellor, 2005–2007)
  • Former chair, Fourth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Jacksonville Area Legal Aid – Pro Bono Award (2012), Board Member (2012-2014)
  • Middle District Representative to Eleventh Circuit Judicial Conference (2004–2008)
  • Member (2007–2008), Florida Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract and Business Cases
  • Author, multiple publications by The Florida Bar regarding civil procedure and real property litigation


  • Member (1994-2002) and chair (1997, 1998, and 2000), Jacksonville Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Trustee (2011–2016) and vice chair (2015–2016), University of North Florida Board of Trustees
  • Trustee and Executive Committee Member (2015–2016), University of North Florida Foundation Board of Trustees
  • Board Member and Vice President (2007–present), Hubbard House Foundation Inc.
  • Trustee (2007–2016), The Eleventh Circuit Historical Society, Inc.
  • Mayoral Appointee (1999–2000), Jacksonville Preservation Project Oversight Commission
  • The Florida Bar (Board of Governors, Young Lawyer Section (1986-1990)
  • Chair of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Manpower Subcommittee (2008), The Jacksonville Journey Crime Task Force


  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale Hubbell (1993–present)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2007–present, Commercial Litigation) (2011–present, Banking-Litigation, Construction Litigation)
  • Florida Trend, Legal Elite (2008, 2010–2014)
  • Florida Super Lawyers (2007– present)
  • 2001 Lawyer of the Year, Jacksonville Bar Association