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Russel Lazega leads a boutique litigation practice that started in 1998 in a 10'X10' windowless room in Little Haiti and quickly expanded to a nealry 50 person, 15-attorney affiliation with offices in Miami, Dania, Orlando, Tallahassee and Tampa. Russ has served as president of the North Dade Bar Association and as General Counsel to the Responsive Insurance Company.  Currently, Russ and his firm represent consumers and medical services providers in their pursuit of payment of unpaid and underpaid insurance claims.  Russ has authored nationally distributed treatises on Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law and Florida Insurance Practice, presented insurance reform proposals to state legislative committees, lectured on windstorm insurance to the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and helped establish a medical provider's right to sue insurers before the Supreme Court of Florida. But rapid expansion hasn't hampered our small-firm spirit. We work in jeans, have a dog in the office, and promote an open atmosphere that has helped us assist consumers statewide with thousands of insurance claims and appeals.





Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 90%
    19 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 5%
  3. Personal Injury: 5%



Hourly ($300-450/hour), contingent (1-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Anthony Leonard Conticello

    I have been working with Russ on a PIP Insurance recovery project. I find him and his office entirely professional. He wrote the book on PIP Insurance in Florida and is well regarded. I endorse Russ and his firm.


    Anthony Conticello Health Care Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • William Albert Davis Jr.

    Russ is a leader in the legal community. He is a prolific author, a creative problem solver, and a great advocate for his many clients. I use his books in my practice.


    William Davis Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Dania Beach Office

45 East Sheridan Street
Dania Beach, FL, 33004

Orlando/Cenral Florida Office

2265 Lee Road, Suite 105
Winter Park, FL, 32789-1858

Tampa Office

238 E. Davis Blvd. #312
Tampa, FL, 33606

North Miami Office

13499 Biscayne Blvd. #107
North Miami, FL, 33181



FLMember in Good Standing199609/08/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Legal EliteFlorida Trend Magazine2008
AV ratedMartindale Hubble2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Judicial Intern (Justice Harry Lee Anstead)Supreme Court of Florida1996 - 1996
Assistant to division director: Company Regulation (Legal)Florida Department of Insurance1994 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
North Dade Bar AssociationPast President2006 - 2007
Florida BarMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Delta Casualty, et al v. Pinnacle Medical, et al (Amicus)Established medical provider right to sue in PIP
United Auto. Ins. Co. v. R.J. Trapana, M.D., P.A.Established right to explanation of ins. benefits
United Auto. Ins. Co. v. Miami Chiropractic Associates, Inc.Upheld non-binding arbitration of coverage dispute
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Publication nameTitleDate
West's Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law & Practice (PIP)Primary author of textbook2012
West's Florida Insurance Law & PracticeAutomobile insurance sections of text2012
Alpert's Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law2001 Supplement2001
Journal of Land Use and Environmental LawThe Politics of Municipal Incorporation in Florida1996
Journal of Transnational Law and PolicyNAFTA: Accession and Environmental Protection1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Florida State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
PESI PIP PIP SeminarRecent Trends in Florida PIP Law2011
NBI Property Insurance CLE SeminarLitigating Insurance Coverage2009
Florida Justice Association PIP SeminarAlternative Strategies for PIP Litigation2007
FAPIA - Bi-Annual ConferenceWindstorm Insurance: Recent Legislative Reforms2007
Debate on PIP reform with Allison Jones (FFA) & State Rep. Ellyn BogdanoffNo Fault Insurance - should it sunset?2007
2007 Legislative SessionPublic Commentary on No-Fault Reform2007
Hot Topics in Florida PIP LitigationLitigation issues in PIP law2004
FCPA Annual ConferenceRecent Changes to Florida's PIP law2003
2003 Florida Legislative SessionCommentary on No-Fault Insurance Reform to committee2003