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Joseph Charles Russo

Corporate and incorporation Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   19 reviews

also known as Joseph C. Russo

  • Licensed for 26 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1997
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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JOSEPH C. RUSSO, has been practicing law in the Tampa Bay area for over nineteen years.  His practice focuses on business contracts and transactions, including asset sales and commercial real estate transactions as well as business entities, start-ups and small business practice.  He also provides outsourced “in-house” counsel services for his clients, including advising clients on matters of employment issues, contracts, finance, intellectual property, insurance and litigation. He graduated com laude from the University of South Florida in 1993 and obtained his JD from Mercer University in 1997.  He is a member of both the Florida and Hillsborough bar associations, presenter of the Florida Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) business legal series in Tampa, and the Past President of the Small Business Resource Network (SBRN) in Tampa.


Joseph C. Russo P.A.
3708 West Euclid Ave.
Tampa, FL, 33629-8725

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Posted by Bill | June 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Hired Mr. Russo to review a franchise agreement I was purchasing. Although I had read the contract multiple times, Joe brought up several issues I would never have thought of/considered. Offered great advice, insight, and recommendations during the process as he can offer the perspective from both the franchisor and franchisee point of view. I will definitely be using him if I have any small business issues. Thanks again Joe.
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Posted by Tim Bellon | March 14, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Great Experience and Service
I am a Tampa business broker and Joe recently served as the Closing Attorney for one of my most recent deals. Joe's wealth of experience and calm demeanor made what could have been a very stressful experience for all of the parties involved, a very smooth process. I would highly recommend Joe to anyone in need of legal services.
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Posted by sheila | July 25, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
highly recommended!
I am beyond grateful and thankful for the services that Mr. Joseph Russo provided for me. He took the time to meet with me, listen and recommend a strategy for me and my business. Not to mention how quickly and efficiently he had everything completed. He is very knowledgeable in his field and I am looking forward to working with him on many future endeavors!
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Posted by Lesley | February 12, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Look no further
I was so glad I met Joe through the Small Business Development Center. He reviewed my non-compete, gave sound advice (which I took), and had my business up and running in no time. He's easy to understand, easy to reach, amicable, and a no-hassle-type of guy. Thanks Joe!
Posted by Greg | April 6, 2015
Great Attorney!
Having known Joe for a few years prior to engaging with him for legal services, I was able to get a good feel for who Joe is as a person prior to utilizing his services. Having great respect and admiration for Joe as an individual, my expectations were exceeded on a professional level once we started working with him. A true pro and consummate professional, Joe is a gem in a sea of mediocre attorneys!
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Posted by Brian | April 6, 2015
Joe Russo does an amazing job for our clients.
Joe Russo has helped solve dozens of complicated issues for our clients and always provided a positive resolve. He knows the law but he also takes great care to know the issue and understand the client. He is helped piece together a complicated transaction for a sale of a business that involved poorly updated legal records and needed to be prepared to help Buyer present the transaction before the embassy in order to get a visa. Many clients give great comments and have later become loyal clients to Mr. Russo.
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Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2015
Joe is the best
Joe is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with as a financial services professional in many years. He has earned my referral trust with recommending him to my clients with legal needs.
Posted by Cathy | April 2, 2015
Great all around!
Joe is a highly intelligent attorney who is able to break things down to layman's terms for me. I appreciate his attention to detail and his attentiveness to the matters at hand. He is a knowledgeable and respectful attorney, and he is a genuinely nice guy.
Posted by Todd | April 1, 2015
Great Attorney! Very knowledgeable and proactive.
Joe is not only very knowledgeable, but he takes the time to explain concepts clearly. He has helped me with many different contracts and business agreements. He has guided many other people that I know in real estate law and business law. They have ALL been happy with Joe! He has a great monthly program for small businesses as well that is very affordable and gives you access to him. With that he becomes more like a business advisor than an attorney, and he is very on top of solutions when you call. I also recommend him for that program if you own a small business. Just ask him about that too. He is a very important part of my small business team, and I rely on Joe often. Put your trust in Joe Russo and rest easy. He will really keep you stay out of trouble and make sure your business is protected. He'll save you time also, which saves you money! He calls and emails you back quickly. I refer him to friends often!
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Posted by Dr. M | April 1, 2015
Exceptional lawyer
Joe and I have been working together for two years. He has been a great legal advisor. Not only is he knowledgeable of Florida's laws, he is also honest and trust-worthy. He is straight forward, yet non-abrasive. He is a great asset for any one's business and personal legal matter. He is very highly recommended!
Posted by Buck | March 31, 2015
Trusted Advisor
Joe Russo has been an tremendous advisor and exceptional asset to my business. Over three years ago, Joe was able to walk me through the asset purchase of my business and has been part of my advisor team ever since. His superior knowledge of both business law and small business operations have proved vital to our expansion. As my "in-house" counsel, I consult him on every important strategic decision I make. I truly believe he his advice and mentorship are critical component to the continued success we are achieving. I could not endorse him strongly enough to my friends or anyone seeking to acquire or build their business.
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Posted by Ali | March 30, 2015
Always available
I have been dealing with Joe Russo for almost 4 years now and my company has had a five star services from him. Dedication, responsiveness and professionalism is Joe's assets in the business world. I'll recommend his services anytime.
Posted by Andy | March 30, 2015
Extremely accessible and knowledgeable
I've used Joe now for about two years to open a couple of businesses as well as secure leases, loans and operating agreements. He's extremely accessible and fair with his time. He likes to say he's a business guy in the body of a lawyer and he exemplifies that with how much interest he takes in your affairs.
Posted by John Cathcart | March 30, 2015
Business Attorney
Mr. Russo is one of the most honest and intelligent attorneys I have ever met. We have worked together many times over the past 15 years. He has handled many loan closings for me and my clients and has represented many of my clients in legal matters. I highly recommend Joe Russo for all your business needs
Posted by Jeremy | March 30, 2015
Great Experience and Ongoing Relationship
I've been working with Joe for about a year now. He's extremely knowledgeable about contracts and has helped us write and review several contracts. He's a very nice guy and I trust his work. There have been a few instances that he didn't know an answer but that wasn't an issue as he has a vast network of people he can reach out to for specific items. If you're looking for contract work, I strongly recommend Joe.
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Posted by Sam | March 30, 2015
Get 'er Done
Joe has been very helpful; a business partner than genuinely cares about our success, not your normal attorney. There is a reason why small business tries to grow his business without legal; it can be painful and confusing working with attorneys. Joe speaks our language. He is patient and understands what it is like to be a small businessman and more importantly Joe has a grasp of what we need to do.
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Posted by Sean | March 30, 2015
great attorney
Joe helped me start my business 11 years ago. To this day I make very few business or real estate decisions without Joe's input. He has helped me grow, helped me through difficult times, and given me fantastic guidance. I consider him a great friend.
Posted by anonymous | March 30, 2015
Joe Russo - Lawyer with Integrity
In all of my experiences with lawyers, Joe Russo was the most responsive and customer service-oriented lawyer that I have ever come across. He was always open, honest, and professional in his communication style. Additionally, Joe always did what he said that he would do in the committed timetable that was discussed. It is plain and simple...I would recommend Joe Russo to anyone that required legal services!
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Posted by Joey | March 30, 2015
I have known Joe since 2011, I have used his services both personally and for our business. In every instance, Joe has had our best interest in mind, has been completely transparent and always makes the deadline he promises. Joe's advice has allowed our business to be successful and grow at a comfortable pace.
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Work Experience

  • President
  • Joseph C. Russo PA
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Shareholder/Current President
  • Donnelly and Russo PA
  • 1999 - Present


  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993


  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • N/A

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI award for outstanding performance in ethics
  • Mercer Law School
  • 1995

Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (2)
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Mergers and acquisitions Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Joe & I represented opposing parties in a very large M&A deal bogged down by the COVID-19 crisis. We weathered deal changes that might have tripped up lesser M&A attorneys or less-determined clients. Throughout, he was professional, cordial, and thorough. I endorse Joe enthusiastically for his merger and acquisition practice area."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Jan 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Joe since 2004 and would not hesitate to recommend him for his great, fair and honest service to his clients."
Business Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Joe on a number of legal matters. I recommend Joe's counsel for business law matters, including business entity management and business disputes."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Joe and I have worked together on several matters. He is both responsive and professional."
Contracts and agreements Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Friend
"Mr. Russo is an extremely competent and knowledgeable attorney with extensive experience in all business and contractual matters. I fully endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Mar 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Russo is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of business law."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is conscientious and hard working for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
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Tampa Corporate and incorporation Lawyer Joseph Charles Russo
Joseph Charles Russo
Corporate and incorporation Attorney
Tampa, FL
Licensed for 26 years
Free Consultation