Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A Partner at Butler, Anthony J. Russo is a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice.  He heads our appellate practice group where he focuses on liability defense, first and third party coverage issues, and insurer bad faith.   He emphasizes coordination with trial counsel, the carrier, and where appropriate, the policyholder, in order to promote the successful and efficient resolution of these appeals. Anthony is based in our Tampa office.

Anthony graduated from Stetson University College of Law, with honors, in 1985. There he served on the editorial board of the Stetson Law Review. Upon graduation, Anthony served as a judicial clerk at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal for two years. He then practiced law as a civil litigator for several years in St. Petersburg, Florida before joining Butler in 1992.

Anthony's clients have frequently requested his expertise in the preparation of amicus briefs submitted to the Florida Supreme Court and Florida's District Courts of Appeal. Anthony has mounted several successful challenges to overly-intrusive bad-faith discovery orders and premature bad-faith actions. A substantial part of Anthony's appellate experience has involved insurance coverage issues. Active consultation, regular reporting, and open communication are hallmarks of his approach.


  • Florida


  • AV Peer Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Certified in Appellate Practice


  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Stetson University College of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • The Florida Bar


  • Florida State Courts
  • United States Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals
September 08, 2015 PUBLICATIONJudge John Badalamenti Joins the Second District

As a boy, Judge Badalamenti occasionally took the train from his home in Brooklyn to lunch with his mother, a bookkeeper working in the Southern District of New York courthouse.

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May 29, 2013 PUBLICATIONCertiorari Redefined: Would the "Functional Restatement" Function?

Some pretrial rulings can impose unbearable pressures on a litigant, change the course of a case, and cause lasting harm.  Sometimes, your client just cannot wait until the end of a case to appeal. Imagine that the trial court has just issued a non-final order adverse to your client that you think will likely be reversed on appeal.

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January 04, 2012 PUBLICATIONThe Stay of Judgments and Proceedings in Florida State Courts

This column is submitted on behalf of the Appellate Practice Section, Matthew J. Conigliaro, chair; Kristin A. Norse, editor, and Chris McAdams, Brandon Christian, and Bretton C. Albrecht, assistant editors.

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November 01, 2009 PUBLICATIONThe Likelihood of Success (or Failure) -- The Evaluation of Judgments for Appeal

This article was originally published in For The Defense magazine, November 2009.  © 2009  Reprinted with permission.

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Blog Posts

June 02, 2015 BLOG POSTThe Florida Supreme Court Endorses Citizens' Immunity

The high court declared that Citizens is shielded from statutory bad-faith suits, and that bad faith is not a “willful tort,” which is a statutory exception to the immunity granted by the Florida Legislature.  The vindication was a long time coming for Citizens.  The Legislature created Citizens with a broad immunity that seemed clearly intended to shield it from bad-faith actions...

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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Coverage - First Party Property
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • Third Party Coverage Issues