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 practices in all five of Florida’s district courts of appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.  His practice areas include both first- and third- party coverage issues, insurer regulation, insurer bad faith, and the defense of policyholders, including trial support.  A substantial part of his practice includes petition proceedings related to discovery order and other pre-judgment rulings requiring immediate appellate resolution.  Anthony has maintained his status as a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice continuously since 2002.  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


  • All Florida Courts
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
October 26, 2016 PUBLICATIONWhat's a Court to Consider After a Post-Suit Payment?

Most first-party insurance lawsuits are accompanied by a claim for attorneys' fees based on section 627.428, Florida Statutes. The operative language of this statute has been part of Florida law for over a century, and the cases interpreting that language are legion. On September 29, 2016 , the Florida Supreme Court issued its decision in Johnson v. Omega Insurance Co., which addressed the following issue...

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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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August 09, 2017 WEBINARSInsurers, Policyholders, and Defense Lawyers: The Ins and Outs of the Tripartite Relationship

Join Partner Anthony Russo as he identifies and analyzes the nature of the relationship between the insurer and the policyholder, the policyholder and the lawyer, and the lawyer and the insurer. He will explain the recent history and development of these rules since the release of The Florida Bar Report on Insurance Practices Special Study Committee (June 2, 2000). Practical problems will be discussed in the context of three real world lawsuits, a personal injury defense action, an insurance coverage action, and a legal malpractice action. You don't want to miss this webinar!

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February 18, 2016 WEBINARSFlorida UM and Bad-Faith Litigation: Trial Court Options/Appellate Remedies

Florida UM and Bad-Faith Litigation: Trial Court Options/Appellate Remedies

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Blog Posts

May 14, 2020 BLOG POSTButler's Thursday Tips #5 | What is Appellate Law?

Partner Anthony Russo offers insights on the practice of Appellate law. Stay tuned to find out more helpful tips! #ButlerLegal #ThursdayTips #ThursdayThoughts

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February 27, 2020 BLOG POSTBlack History Month | Katherine Johnson and Charles Drew

In the last part of our miniseries highlighting several prominent African-American figures in history, we take a look at the lives of Katherine Johnson and Dr. Charles Drew.

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May 21, 2018 BLOG POSTThis offer expires in 30 days! No automatic extensions says high court

The new rule? The filing of a motion under Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.090 to enlarge the time to accept a proposal for settlement does not automatically toll the 30-day deadline for accepting the proposal until the motion is decided.

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Join Partner Anthony Russo as he identifies and analyzes the nature of the relationship between the insurer and the policyholder, the policyholder and the lawyer, and the lawyer and the insurer. He explains the recent history and development of these rules since the release of The Florida Bar Report on Insurance Practices Special Study Committee (June 2, 2000).

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August 04, 2017 BLOG POSTStill Keeping Us Guessing: Florida Supreme Court Poised to Clarify The Daubert Standard in Florida. Maybe.

Earlier this year, the Florida supreme court raised a red flag on the new Florida Statute section 90.702 in In re: Amendments to the Florida Evidence Code, SC16-181, 2017 WL 633770 (Fla. Feb. 16, 2017).  In that opinion the supreme court only noted it had “grave concerns” that (unidentified) elements of the new section 90.702 Daubert statute are constitutionally suspect – it gave no substantive ruling on the matter.

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July 26, 2017 BLOG POSTThe Continuing Saga of Sebo v. American Home Assurance Company: The Second District Court of Appeal Rules on Remand

On July 20, 2017, the Second District Court of Appeal issued an order that closed its books on the Sebo appeal.  Mr. Sebo made a homeowner’s claim to American Home contending construction deficiencies had allowed water to enter the residence at multiple points, causing, eventually, a complete destruction of the residence.  The trial court ruled the concurrent cause doctrine applied, and so that the combination of covered water damage and excluded faulty, inadequate and defective construction had resulted in coverage for the loss. 

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April 14, 2017 BLOG POSTSupreme Court says lawyer's referral of client to a doctor for treatment is attorney-client privileged communication, and out of bounds in discovery

The Florida Supreme Court declared that the attorney-client privilege shielded a motor vehicle accident plaintiff from being required to disclose that her attorney had referred her to a doctor for treatment.

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April 03, 2017 BLOG POSTFlorida Supreme Court To Consider Rule Change Allowing Immediate Review Of Orders On Settlement Agreements

The Florida Bar Appellate Rules Committee has proposed to the Florida Supreme Court an amendment to the appellate rules that would allow immediate appeals of orders that determine if, “as a matter of law, a settlement agreement is unenforceable, was set aside, or never existed.” 

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February 21, 2017 BLOG POSTSupreme Court speaks on Daubert – says not much

Last week the supreme court issued its opinion on the recommendations of the Florida Bar Rules committee regarding the new Daubert statute. The supreme court noted there are “grave concerns” that (unidentified) elements of the Daubert statute are constitutionally suspect.  But, in the end, Florida’s Daubert statute is still the law of Florida – the Florida statute was not struck down or deemed to be unconstitutional.  Practitioners still must comply with it.

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November 22, 2016 BLOG POSTJohnson v. Omega Ins. Co.

The Florida Supreme Court’s opinion in Johnson v. Omega Ins. Co. is important for two reasons:  It modifies the allowable use of a presumption established in Florida’s statutory sinkhole scheme; and it explains, and perhaps broadens what trial courts may consider when deciding whether to award attorneys’ fees under section 627. 428 when a payment is made after suit is filed.

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August 01, 2016 BLOG POSTSecond DCA Reaffirms Sinkhole Insurers' Contractual Right to Withhold Payment for Subsurface Repairs Until the Policyholder Presents a Signed Contract for Those Repairs

Two new opinions show the Second DCA continues to hold that if an insurance policy providing sinkhole coverage authorizes the insurer to withhold payment for subsurface repairs until the policyholder presents a signed contract for those repairs, the insurer may abide the policy.

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July 25, 2016 BLOG POSTSecond DCA Reaffirms Orders Allowing Assignment of Homeowners' Insurance Claims to AOB Companies

In Start to Finish Restoration LLC v. Homeowner’s Choice Property & Cas. Ins. Co.,  2D15-2206 (Fla. 2d DCA June 10, 2016), the Second District doubled down on its holding  in Bioscience West, Inc. v. Gulfstream Property & Casualty Insurance Co., 185 So. 3d 638 (Fla. 2d DCA 2016).

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July 18, 2016 BLOG POSTSecond DCA Refuses to Allow Insurer to Obtain Settlement Information from Settling Co-Defendant

In Allen v. State Farm Florida Ins. Co., 2D15-3114 (Fla. 2d DCA June 10, 2016), a sinkhole plaintiff sued two insurers for the same damage, and then settled with one of them before trial.

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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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June 06, 2019 EVENTHarvey v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co. - Where do we go from here?

This panel of experienced bad faith attorneys will discuss the landscape of third-party bad faith claims in Florida following the Supreme Court's recent opinion in Harvey v. GEICO Gen. Ins. Co.

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June 07, 2017 EVENTFlorida Liability Claims Conference 2017

Anthony Russo from Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig presented in Orlando, Florida at the Florida Liability Claims Conference on the topic of "Insurers, Policyholders, and Defense Lawyers: The Ins and Outs of the Tripartite Relationship".

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June 03, 2019 NEWSSuper Lawyers 2019

The 2019 Super Lawyer's List is here, and we're excited to show you our latest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars at Butler!

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May 31, 2018 NEWSSuper Lawyers 2018

The 2018 Super Lawyer's List is here, and we're excited to show you our latest Super Lawyers and Rising Stars!

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June 29, 2017 NEWSThe 2017 Super Lawyers List is here!

Super Lawyers, a rating service for outstanding lawyers that utilizes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations, has selected multiple Butler attorneys as "Super Lawyers" in their area of practice. View our attorneys who are on the 2017 Super Lawyers List:

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