Russ Smith


  • location icon Tampa, FL
    401 E. Jackson Street
    Tampa, FL 33602

Russ Smith is a partner in the Tampa office of Lewis Brisbois. Mr. Smith is a trial attorney with a diverse background in litigating complex medical and mental healthcare cases. Mr. Smith’s practice includes medical malpractice, nursing home, Department of Health/Board of Medicine representation, State regulatory compliance, risk management, products liability, motor vehicle accidents and general liability.

In addition to his trial experience, Mr. Smith provides preventive analysis and assessment of risk management issues facing office based physician practices including public perception of the practitioner via physician assessment websites, HIPAA compliance, enhancing staff and physician communication with patients, regulatory compliance; effective documentation, practice policies and procedures, answering service protocol, Electronic Medical Records and privacy, patient access to medical records through practice internet portals and physician access to hospital internet portals for patient medical records and strategies for reduction of risk for litigation.

For the past 25 years, Mr. Smith has primarily focused as a litigator defending hospitals, nurses, hospital staff, nursing homes and mental healthcare providers and understands the importance of communication with his clients so they can assess case value and litigation strategies. He understands that each case is unique and provides timely and accurate assessments tailored to the client’s reporting guidelines and preferences. Mr. Smith is personally involved in each phase of litigation, beginning when a potential claim is suspected through trial including: claim investigation, witness interviews, review and assessment of all medical records and documents, client and employee conferences, attending and taking depositions, responding to discovery requests, propounding discovery, expert retention and conferences, filing appropriate motions, attending pre-trial hearings and utilizing innovative electronic modes of presentation of evidence during trial.

Mr. Smith provides presentations to healthcare providers regarding risk management issues, employee relations, enhanced patient communication techniques, the importance of timely and accurate documentation and mock depositions. Mr. Smith is a member of the Florida bar.




South Texas College of Law

Juris Doctor, 1988

Texas Christian University

Bachelor of Arts, International Affairs, 1984

University of Central Florida

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2001

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