Lanny Russell, of Jacksonville, has practiced law since 1980. He is a shareholder and board member with Smith Hulsey & Busey. Lanny resolves complex commercial disputes. He has expertise in the hospitality industry, retail petroleum sales, real estate development, construction, accounting, banking and fiduciary relationships. He is recognized in Best Lawyers in America (in commercial litigation, construction litigation and banking and finance litigation), Florida Trend’s Legal Elite and Florida Super Lawyers. Lanny received his B.A., cum laude, from the University of South Florida in 1976 and his J.D., with honors from the University of Florida in 1980, where he was the University of Florida Law Review’s senior executive editor. He has authored two law review articles and several Florida Bar publications. Lanny’s professional and civic activities include service on Florida Middle District Court’s and Fourth Judicial Circuit Court’s Grievance Committees, Florida Judicial Qualification Commission (special counsel), Jacksonville Public Library board of trustees (member and former chair), Jacksonville Bar Association (member and 2001 lawyer of the year), Chester Bedell Inn of Court (former Chancellor and Master of the Bench), Middle District of Florida, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and United States Supreme Court Bar (member). Lanny has also served on the boards of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc. and The Hubbard House Foundation, Inc. and was a mayoral appointee to the Jacksonville Parks Task Force, The Preservation Commission, The Jacksonville Journey, and three general counsel nominating committees. He was appointed to the Board of Trustees by the Governor in 2011 and reappointed for a second term ending January 6, 2016.
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