Russell R. O'Brien

Top rated business litigation attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Conrad & Scherer, LLP
Russell R. O'Brien
Conrad & Scherer, LLP

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Transportation & maritime, Appellate; view more

Licensed in Florida since: 2010

Education: University of Miami School of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2020

Conrad & Scherer, LLP

633 S Federal Hwy
Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 Visit website


Russell R. O’Brien is the administrative partner and head of the electronic discovery group at Conrad & Scherer, L.L.P. Located in the firm’s office in Fort Lauderdale, he focuses his practice primarily on complex civil litigation, representing people and businesses in Broward County and throughout South Florida. Admitted to practice before all Florida state courts since 2010, Mr. O’Brien is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida.

Mr. O’Brien has handled a wide variety of matters since joining the firm in July 2015. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in class actions as well as single-party trials, his caseload has included federal securities law violations, professional negligence, probate litigation, breach of contract actions, bank fraud, shareholder and partner disputes, and allegations of fiduciary duties breaches. Mr. O’Brien has extensive admiralty and maritime law experience as well, and in this regard, he has worked on the defense and foreclosure of liens, ship sales and acquisitions, repair and refurbishment, and charter contracts.

As an undergraduate, Mr. O’Brien attended the University of California, Berkeley, and he spent several months studying Arabic at The American University in Cairo before receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 2003. Some years later, he decided to pursue a legal education, and he enrolled at the University of Miami School of Law. After being awarded his Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 2010, Mr. O’Brien was an attorney at two national law firms, where he gained experience in class actions involving financial institutions before joining Conrad & Scherer, L.L.P.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Transportation/maritime, Appellate, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Estate & trust litigation

Focus areas

Admiralty & maritime law, Transportation law, Appeals, Class actions

  • 40% Business litigation
  • 30% Transportation/maritime
  • 10% Appellate
  • 10% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 10% Estate & trust litigation

First Admitted: 2010, Florida

Professional Webpage:

  • Recognized as a Best Lawyer: Ones To Watch in Commercial Litigation for The Best Lawyers in America©, 2021
  • Listed in South Florida Legal Guide, “Top Lawyer”, 2021
  • Selected as Florida Super Lawyers® “Rising Star”, 2020
  • Listed in Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, “Top Lawyer”, 2020
  • Listed as one of the “FACES of Fort Lauderdale” in Complex Commercial Litigation by Fort Lauderdale Illustrated Magazine, 2020
  • Listed in Attorney At Law Magazine, “Rising Star”, 2018 
Educational Background:
  • University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, 2003
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • 17th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee Member, 2018
  • Florida Bar, 2010
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Broward County Bar Association
  • Meet Russell R. O'Brien,, 2019
Industry Groups:
  • Appellate Practice
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Fraud Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Maritime/Admiralty Litigation
  • Professional Negligence & Malpractice
  • Securities & Financial Regulatory Litigation
  • Trust & Probate Litigation

Office location for Russell R. O'Brien

633 S Federal Hwy
Suite 800
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-546-7822


1 Year Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020

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