• Appellate Practice
  • Bank Fraud Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Fraud Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights & Bankruptcy
  • Maritime/Admiralty Litigation
  • Professional Negligence & Malpractice
  • Securities & Financial Regulatory Litigation
  • Trust & Probate Litigation
  • University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, 2010
  • University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, 2003
  • Florida Bar, 2010
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida



Russell O’Brien is a Partner in the Firm’s Fort Lauderdale office and concentrates his practice on contract disputes, securities litigation, fraud (misrepresentation, inducement, transfers, aiding and abetting and conspiracy), fiduciary relationships and business torts, shareholder disputes (direct and derivative), and class action defense. He also has experience in admiralty law, including vessel acquisitions and sales, vessel refurbishment and repair, vessel charter, and foreclosing and defending against necessaries liens and first preferred ship mortgages.

Russell is the Firm’s Administrative Partner and manages the Firm’s eDiscovery department. He regularly advises corporate clients regarding eDiscovery planning and protocols, e-Retention, and litigation concerning eDiscovery disputes.

Russell has represented Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and individuals in both jury and bench trials, and has wide-ranging courtroom experience in both state and federal court. Prior to joining Conrad & Scherer, Mr. O’Brien practiced at an AM 100 law firm, primarily representing financial institutions in class action litigation.

Community Involvement/Affiliations
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee Member, since 2018
  • Selected as a “Top Lawyer” by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine for Securities Regulation, 2021
  • Selected as a “Top Lawyer” by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine for Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2020 – 2021
  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer: Ones To Watch in Commercial Litigation for The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Up & Comer” for Commercial Litigation, 2021
  • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in High-Stakes Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, 2021
  • Selected as Florida Super Lawyers®, “Rising Star”, 2020
  • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in Complex Commercial Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, 2020
  • Listed in Attorney At Law Magazine, “Rising Star”, 2018
Notable Experience
  • Represented fortune 500 insurance company against Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. for aiding and abetting fraud and conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with multi-million dollar insurance fraud scheme.
  • Represented jet engine manufacturer in breach of lease claim and obtained prejudgment writ of attachment on commercial aircraft
  • Appeared before SEC for extensive attorney proffers and client interview in connection with violations of Rule 10b of the Exchange Act
  • Represented company in jury trial for breach of yacht charter management agreement and fines incurred while yacht was in French waters
  • Represented South American business and individuals in cross-border dispute, including challenges to personal jurisdiction and service of process issues under Peruvian law
  • Defended multiple insurance companies in class actions in connection with Florida’s No-Fault insurance statute, including negotiating settlement, final fairness hearings, and issues regarding notice to class members