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.
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
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
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