Russell S. Buhite

Russell S. Buhite

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

Recognized since 2011

Seattle, Washington

Practice Areas

Litigation - ERISA

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - ERISA Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - ERISA
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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®

  • 1201 Third Avenue, Suite 5150
    Seattle, WA 98101
  • 100 North Tampa Street, Suite 3600
    Tampa, FL 33602
  • French
  • Washington University in St. Louis, J.D., graduated 1987
Bar Admissions
  • Missouri, The Missouri Bar
  • Florida, The Florida Bar
  • Washington, Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Defense Research Institute - Life, Health and Disability Insurance Committee Member
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association - Member
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - ERISA Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Litigation - ERISA
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - ERISA, Seattle (2022)
  • Litigation - ERISA, Seattle (2019)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Litigation - ERISA
Special Focus:
  • AV® Preeminent™ by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America - Litigation - ERISA, 2011-Present
  • Florida Super Lawyers, 2006-2007, 2013-2014
  • Florida Trend's Legal Elite, 2011
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Insurance Law

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