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Thirty years' experience as a practicing lawyer with a focus on resolving business and Exceptional Student Education disputes through informal means, mediation, or litigation, as appropriate. Litigated matters in state trial courts, before the Florida Division of Administrative Hearings and in all three federal district courts in Florida. Commercial real estate transactions representing sellers, buyers, and developers, including affordable housing and community development projects involving multiple layers of hard and soft financing.

Hartindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated. Peers and members of the judiciary ranked me at the highest level of professional excellence in the areas of legal knowledge, analytical capability, judgment, communication ability, and legal experience. Martindale-Hubbell has been researching and publishing lawyer ratings for nearly 150 years.

 My professional engagements have included:

  • Prosecution and defense of securities fraud, class-action fraud, and common-law fraud matters.

  • Prosecution and defense of commercial foreclosure and receivership proceedings.

  • Representation of students and parents in special education matters, including those involving disciplinary violations. 

  • Commercial real estate acquisition, disposition and workout transactions involving third-party negotiated sales (individual and multi-asset), partnership buyout/withdrawal, and bankruptcy court supervised auctions of occupied rental apartment complexes.

  • Commercial Lease transactions (landlord and tenant representation).

  • Prosecution of copyright infringement claims in federal courts.

  • Defense of state and federal fair housing act investigations and claims, including those brought by U.S. Department of HUD, the Florida Commission on Human Relations, and Miami-Dade County. 

  • Defense of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) litigation in federal court on behalf of commercial property owners.

  • Representation of private sector employers in employment litigation matters.

  • Prosecution and defense of business collection matters.

  • Prosecution and defense of non-compete agreements. 






Practice areas


  1. Business: 30%
  2. Contracts: 25%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
  4. Education: 20%



Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Chris Matthew Limberopoulos

    Russ Sibley is one of the outstanding litigators in the Tampa legal community. Well respected for his ethics and impeccable record, Russ is also an outstanding advocate for the rights of special needs students and maintains a respected real estate practice to boot. I highly endorse Russell Adams Sibley Jr. as a superb lawyer.


    Chris Limberopoulos Medical malpractice Attorney
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  • Jeffrey P Lieser

    Russ is an excellent attorney and a person of high character and integrity. Hire him if you can get him!


    Jeffrey Lieser Landlord-tenant Attorney
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Contact info

Sibley, Pl

620 E Twiggs St Ste 204
Tampa, FL, 336023937


FLMember in Good Standing198506/21/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Hartindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Review
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberSibley, PL and Law Offices of Russell A. Sibley, Jr.1992 - Present
AssociateMatzner Ziskind et al.1990 - 1992
AssociateTew, Jordan & Schulte1988 - 1990
AssociateBlackwell Walker Gray Powers Flick & Hoehl1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
C.H. Ferguson-M.E. White American Inn of CourtAttorney Member2012 - Present
Tampa Bay Bankruptcy Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Hillsborough County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Florida Association of Special Education AttorneysMember2009 - Present
Council of Parent Attorneys and AdvocatesMember2008 - Present
Florida BarMember1985 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Nick-O-Val Music Co., Inc. v. P.O.S. Radio, Inc.Federal district court awarded client all relief sought, including damages, permanent injunction, costs, and attorneys' fees
ConfidentialObtained final judgment of nondischargeability against fraudster in federal Bankruptcy Court adversary proceeding as well as other relief.
[Client] v. Jupiter House, LLCCollected full judgment in favor of client $6,702.29
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Albany Law School of Union UniversityDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris DoctorN/A1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Inns of CourtPrivacy in a Digital World2015
Special Education Advocate TrainingStructure of U.S. Government: Statutes, Regulations, Case Law and Administrative Decisions2013
American Inns of CourtEthical Obligations in Legal Representation2013
FHFC Bond Financing for Rental Development WorkshopPreservation of Existing Affordable Housing Stock using Tax Exempt Bonds2005
FAHRO Annual ConferenceJoint Venture Opportunities for Public Housing Authorities in the Post-HOPE VI world2005
Community Leadership Institute of Tampa Bay -- Development Managers WorkshopOverview of the LIHTC2005
FHC 15th Annual ConferenceSmall Scale Rental Development2002
NALEO 14th Annual National ConferencePublic Private Partnerships for Affordable Housing1997
FHC 10th Annual ConferenceReady Willing & Able -- Testing Development Readiness & Ability to Proceed1997