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Russell Cornelius Weigel III

Financial markets and services Attorney

5.0   2 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 22 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 33 years
    Florida - FL 33 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2001
    Due to Register within 30 Days of Birthday No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1990
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1989
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Russell

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Practice areas
  1. Financial markets and services
    SEC Enforcement Defense FINRA Enforcement Defense Corporate Investigations Broker-Dealer Arbitration Business Litigation Commercial Litigation Securities Arbitration Securities Litigation Commodities Arbitration Shareholder Derivative Actions

    33 years

  2. Securities offerings
    Investment Due Diligence Corporate Finance Regulatory Compliance Securities Transaction Compliance Private Placement Offering Documents and Compliance Crowdfunding Issuer and Funding Platform Compliance Blue Sky Compliance Initial Public Offerings Securities Registration SEC Disclosure and Reporting Compliance Broker-Dealer Registration Investment Adviser Registration EB-5 Securities Compliance

    23 years

  3. Corporate and incorporation
    Corporate Law

    23 years

  4. Venture capital

    23 years

  5. Mergers and acquisitions

    23 years

I spent more than ten years as a Securities & Exchange Commission branch manager and litigator. I  practice corporate and securities law and have more than twenty-five years of career legal experience. My securities law practice includes both corporate and securities transactions and litigation matters.  My interest is ensuring that you are protected from the legal risks of raising capital. However, if you are already in a situation where there is a threat of investigation or litigation, I will defend you from potential financial and reputational damage. The personal financial and reputational dangers to executives and entrepreneurs involved in a securities lawsuit are real, and it is my desire to protect you to the best of my ability. Read my book available at for more information on capital raising risks. Contact me sooner rather than later.

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Posted by Angela | December 11, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The best lawyer, bar none
I worked with Russell on a securities matter and although the process was scary for me, he instantly put me at ease and got a successful result. He's well trained and extremely capable and not only is he a great lawyer, he's also a great person. I cannot thank him adequately for all he did for me. I pray that God blesses him and all of his clients. If you contact him, you will certainly get the best counsel.
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Posted by Candice | April 24, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Outstanding Securities Lawyer
Russell is a pleasure to meet and work with. He proved his vast knowledge when he counseled me on an EB-5 securities compliance issue. He listened to me intently and his advice was spot on. Literally everything he told me happened in text book fashion, but with his advice I was able to prepare for and avoid trouble. I am sleeping much better as a result, and my stress level is way down. I highly recommend Russell for securities offering compliance and SEC defense matters!
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Commissioner
  • Florida Office of Financial Regulation
  • 2020 - Present
  • President
  • InvestmentAttorneys, P.A.
  • 2005 - 2020
  • Shareholder
  • Carlton Fields
  • 2004 - 2005
  • Of Counsel
  • Montello & Kenney, P.A.
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Special Counsel, Branch Chief
  • U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • 1990 - 2001
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • State Of Florida State Attorney's Office
  • 1989 - 1990
  • Law Clerk
  • U. S. Securities & Exchange Commission
  • 1989 - 1989
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  • University of Miami School of Law
  • 1989
  • Vanderbilt University
  • B.A
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • SEC v. Graham, et al.
  • SEC's case against client dismissed after argument on motion for summary judgment. Dismissal affirmed on appeal.


  • Alternative & Direct Investment Securities Association
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Invest In the USA
  • Associate Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni, Inc.
  • 2001 - Present
  • Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association, Inc.
  • 2001 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 5 EB-5 Litigators
  • EB-5 Investors Magazine
  • 2019
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2007
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2006
  • Legal Elite
  • Florida Trend Magazine
  • 2005
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2005
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  • Florida Bar Business Law Section, Quarterly Report
  • Preserving Claims for Attorney’s Fees in NASD Dispute Resolution Arbitrations
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Industry Conference
  • Law Enforcement & Litigation
  • 2016
  • EB-5 Conference
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • 2016
  • Education
  • Lawyer Up: Legal Basics for Startups
  • 2016
  • Entrepreneurship Day
  • Taking Your Business to the Next Level: Franchising, Capitalizing, and Marketing
  • 2015
  • Continuing Education
  • Securities Law 101
  • 2013
  • Continuing Education
  • The New Crowdfunding Exemptions for Small Businesses
  • 2013
  • Financial Services Exchange
  • Everything You Want to Ask Your High Profile Attorney But Do Not Want to Pay For
  • 2013
  • Mega Partnering VI
  • Securities Issues in Real Estate Transactions
  • 2012
  • Financial Services Exchange
  • Genius Bar
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Russ' time with the SEC is invaluable in protecting his clients' interests in enforcement proceedings and civil actions. An expert in his field, Russ is also responsive and efficient. Highly recommended."
Securities offerings Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable and responsive in matters having a securities aspect."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Russ is an exceptional defense attorney for SEC matters. He is diligent and incredibly knowledgeable."
Securities offerings Attorney | Nov 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Securities and investment fraud Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Mr. Weigel. I have worked with Russell as co-counsel and am delighted with the care and expertise he provides to clients. Russell is a trusted and experienced attorney in Florida. If you have need for a securities attorney, Russell and his team will provide you with excellent advice, service and support."
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Financial markets and services Lawyer Russell Cornelius Weigel III
Russell Cornelius Weigel III
Financial markets and services Attorney
Licensed for 33 years