Disciplined in Sophisticated Defense and Insurance Litigation

A Partner at Butler, Anthony J. Russo practices in our appellate, coverage defense, and extra-contractual claims departments. He also heads our appellate practice group and focuses on commercial litigation, first party coverage issues, insurance coverage, and real estate litigation. He emphasizes coordination with trial counsel, the carrier, and 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


  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar


  • All State Courts of Florida
  • United States Circuit Courts of Appeal for the Fourth and Eleventh Circuits
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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Key Points
Practice Area CASE TYPE
  • Extracontractual Claims
  • First Party Coverage Issues
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Third Party Coverage Issues
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Appellate supersedeas bonds, appellate motion practice, and appellate mediation
  • Appellate
  • Commercial Litigation