Phillip B. Russell - Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Phillip B. Russell

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Phillip’s first job was bagging groceries and stocking shelves in his family’s small grocery store business. As a young teenager, Phillip learned the value of hard work and small business. His grandfather took him to business meetings and Phillip saw first-hand the challenges his family’s business faced—especially in managing employees. But, he also saw the true value in positive employee relations in the workplace.  Now, Phillip represents and protects each of his clients, large or small, as if they were his family’s grocery business—with enthusiasm, dedication, and a strong belief that lawsuits, government investigations, and unions are not good for business or employees.

AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale–Hubbell

Employment Law Super Lawyer 2010, 2011 and 2012 (top 5%)

Best Lawyers in America (2013)

Represents businesses in a wide range of labor and employment law related matters, including federal and state court lawsuits claiming discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or failure to pay minimum wage or overtime compensation

Represents businesses facing government investigations by the U.S. EEOC, state and local EEO agencies, OSHA, Wage and Hour Division, the NLRB, and others

Helps clients stay union-free through advice and counseling, supervisor and manager training, and campaigns

Regularly advises and counsels clients on how to handle difficult workplace legal issues through his cost-effective Hotline service

Protects businesses’ investment in their people, trade secrets, and confidential information through employment agreements and litigation

Reviews and revises employee handbooks, policies, and practices

Trains supervisors and managers in understanding their legal roles and responsibilities

Labor and Employment Counsel for various industry and human resource professional associations

Georgia Institute of TechnologyBS 1991Georgia Institute of TechnologyMS 1992Stetson UniversityJ.D. 1995
Independent Electrical Contractors Florida Transportation Builders Association Big Bend Society for Human Resource Management Sarasota-Manatee Human Resources Association HR TampaSociety for Human Resource Management HR Florida Council American Bar Association Florida Bar AssociationHillsborough County Bar Association Georgia Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Northern Districts of Georgia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Congressional Testimony (Oct. 12, 2011) - Testified before the U.S. House Committee on Education and The Workforce in support of the Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act, H.R. 3094 (introduced by Rep. John Kline, R-MN), which would roll back the NLRB's recent Specialty Healthcare decision (allowing micro-unions) and its proposed rule-making on election procedures (allowing quickie elections).  Mr. Russell testified that the WDFA protects employees' rights to vote on unionization and to obtain adequate information before voting. Click here to learn more.
  • Obtained injunctions against a former employee and her new employer for a large national staffing company to enforce its non-solicitation and non-disclosure agreements
  • Won a hard-fought union representation election for a nursing home allowing it to remain union-free
  • Won summary judgment in a religious discrimination case that was affirmed on appeal
  • Convinced OSHA to reduce proposed penalties by over 90% for a construction business
  • On behalf of a large trade association, filed successful appeal to DOL’s Administrative Review Board and convinced DOL to conduct a new wage survey for Georgia
  • Submitted opposing comments to the DOL for a national trade association regarding proposed rulemaking for Project Labor Agreements

Office Location

100 North Tampa Street, Suite 3600
Tampa, FL 33602
United States

Practice Areas

Litigation - Labor and Employment