Anthony J. Russo


Butler Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP
400 N. Ashley Drive | Suite 2300
Tampa, Florida 33602
United States

Tel: 813-594-5140


A Partner at Butler, Anthony J. Russo is a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice. He heads the firm’s Appellate practice group where he focuses on Liability Defense, First and Third-Party Coverage issues, and Insurer Bad Faith. He emphasizes coordination with trial counsel, the carrier, and where appropriate, the policyholder, in order to promote the successful and efficient resolution of these appeals. Anthony is based in our Tampa office.

Anthony graduated from Stetson University College of Law, with honors, in 1985. There he served on the editorial board of the Stetson Law Review. Upon graduation, Anthony served as a judicial clerk at the Florida Second District Court of Appeal for two years. He then practiced law as a civil litigator for several years in St. Petersburg, Florida before joining Butler in 1992.

Anthony practices in all five of Florida’s district courts of appeal, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.  His practice areas include both first- and third- party coverage issues, insurer regulation, insurer bad faith, and the defense of policyholders, including trial support.  A substantial part of his practice includes petition proceedings related to discovery order and other pre-judgment rulings requiring immediate appellate resolution.

Anthony has maintained his status as a Board Certified Specialist in Appellate Practice continuously since 2002.  Active consultation, regular reporting, and open communication are hallmarks of his approach.


  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • All Florida Courts
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

In cases full of unique complexities and unfavorable outcomes, clients are looking for trusted advocates in dispute resolution.

For a quarter century, Butler’s involvement in precedent-setting cases has contributed to changing the Florida law in the areas of first-party property coverage, third-party property coverage, and extra-contractual liability. Our appellate specialists handle appeals and special writs in all of the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals. With multiple Board Certified Appellate attorneys on our team, our experts approach each matter with a sharp focus and sophisticated legal analysis.

Let us steer you through each stage of litigation by:

  • Supporting trial counsel with dispositive motions in state and federal courts;
  • Preparing extraordinary writs of certiorari, mandamus, and prohibition in the state courts;
  • Collaborating with clients and trial counsel pretrial on discovery, expert, and limine motions; to promote best trial outcomes;
  • Drafting post-trial motions, supersedeas bonds, stays;
  • Advising on settlement options, and working towards mediated resolutions before and after the appeal is commenced.

We understand the importance of early involvement, whether on appeal or at trial, to ensure a strong victory. Once an appealable order or a notice of appeal is filed by the adverse party, we take action and respond proactively. Together with our client and the trial counsel, we discuss and identify the unique issues of your case to design an optimal strategy to reach favorable results. Preserving our client and putting them in the best position takes precedence in everything we do.

Butler is a civil litigation firm. We are unique because our practice is devoted entirely to defense and insurance litigation. Our clients are corporations, insurance companies, and insured individuals. Our representation has taken us across the United States, to Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean. We aspire to provide the highest quality counsel while, at the same time, meeting the administrative demands of our institutional clients. After 38 years, our record speaks for itself.

In professional activities, our history is a distinguished record. Our partners have played prominent roles in national legal organizations, such as the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (President), the Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors), and Lawyers for Civil Justice (President). We know that our participation in these bodies builds our legal knowledge. We also believe that the professional connections we have gained, provide a demonstrable benefit to our clients.