With more than 20 years of experience as a trial attorney, Russell Buhite focuses his practice on life, health and disability insurance coverage litigation, as well as myriad ERISA matters. He is also experienced in defending employers in employment law matters before the EEOC and in state and federal courts. Russell also represents a wide range of professionals including agents, brokers, attorneys, appraisers, engineers and others in all manner of alleged malpractice and errors and omissions claims. He is also experienced in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. In addition to his legal practice, Russell serves as the managing attorney of the Tampa office.
A former chair of the Health & Disability Insurance Committee of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, in 2010 Russell was named to the Health Care Reform Task Force. Russell has once again been named as a member of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Task Force on Federal Involvement in Insurance Regulation and Modernization and Health Care Reform (FIIRM and HCR) for 2014-2015. In addition to Russell’s admission to the bar in Florida, he is also admitted to practice in Missouri, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and all federal district courts in the state of Florida.
Russell is recognized as AV Preeminent® peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America®
Lawrence v. Pioneer Plastics, Middle District of Fla. — ERISA matter. Bench trial verdict for defense.
Weiss v. Western-Southern Life Ins. Co., Mid-FL — Summary judgment for the defense in ERISA disability case.
McDaniel v. AIG Life Ins. Co., Hillsborough County Circuit Court. — Jury verdict for defense in occupational accident disability case.
Lee v. Labiner, Broward Co., FL Cir. Ct. — Representation of attorney in defense of alleged malpractice.
Hamilton Risk Mgmt. v. John M. Kennedy et al, S.D. FL — Represented insurance broker regarding claims of misrepresentation in sale of health coverage.