Francesca Russo



Nova Southeastern University School of Law, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 1999; Doctor of Jurisprudence: Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Ottawa University School of Law, Ontario, Canada, 1992-1993, LL.B.-LL.L.: Honors: Magna Cum Laude

McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 1988, B.A.-Political Science: Honors: First Class Honors

Bar Admissions & Memberships

Florida, 1999

Quebec, 1993

U.S. District Courts Southern, Middle and Northern Districts of Florida

U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit and Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of International Trade

As much as foreign languages help us to serve the client in dealing with Miami’s international business climate, the ability to truly listen to the clients’ wants and needs remains paramount. I seek to be my clients’ trusted business advisor

Francesca Russo

Francesca is a partner at the firm and specializes in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She has worked with a broad range of clients both domestic and international on all phases of the litigation process before federal and state courts in various areas of commercial litigation, including but not limited to breach of contract and tort claims, civil theft, trade secrets, trademark litigation, transportation litigation, real estate litigation, corporate and business litigation, directors and officers liability, and fraud. In addition to litigation, Francesca has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution. She has substantial experience serving as local counsel for firms seeking to enforce or defend their clients’ rights in South Florida.

Francesca was born in Bedfordshire, England, UK. Before moving to the United States, Francesca practiced as a civil law attorney handling civil and commercial litigation in Quebec, Canada.

She is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.


Selected by Florida’s Super Lawyers, “Rising Stars” Category

Professional Affiliations

Florida Bar, International Law Section, former Chair
Intellectual Property Law Association of Florida
International Transportation Lawyers’ Association
International Law Quarterly, Editor, 2000-2005

Presentations & Publications

“International Commercial Law,” Lecturer
“Freight Forwarding and Shipping,” Lecturer
“Freight Forwarders and Liens: Some Practical and Legal Considerations,” Presenter
Does a Florida Minority Shareholder in a Closely Held Corporation Owe a Fiduciary Duty to Fellow Shareholders?” Co-Author
“Terms and Conditions: How They Govern Liabilities in the Transport of Goods,” Smart Business Miami, The Management Journal for Corporate Growth
“Practice Issues Before the Court of International Trade,” Chair of Steering Committee

Community/Civic Involvement

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Trustee
Italian American Chamber of Commerce
French-American Chamber of Commerce
Museum of Contemporary Art, Patron Committee, Executive Member
Quebec Chamber of Commerce
Adrienne Arsht Center