Dan Russell

Daniel R. Russell

Shareholder / Tallahassee

(850) 577-0095

Dan Russell

Daniel R. Russell

Attorney / Tallahassee

(850) 577-0095



About Daniel R. Russell

Dan Russell is a Board Certified Attorney in State and Federal Government and Administrative Law. In addition to his legal practice, Dan serves as Chairman of Florida’s Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee as appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis and also serves as a member of the Medical Cannabis Advisory Committee as appointed by Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. Dan advises clients on issues ranging from challenges to proposed agency rules, up to and including complex federal class action litigation. He is also a Circuit Court Mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court.

As a result of his diverse experience, Dan is recognized for his ability to serve as a neutral mediator, working with parties from a diverse group of industries including construction defects, state/local tax, personal injury, and property damage.

Throughout his career, Dan has worked as General Counsel to a wide array of private and public sector entities including the State of Florida, Department of the Lottery, Gulfstream Park Racing and Casino, and Surterra Florida, the first entity to legally cultivate medical marijuana in the State of Florida.

He is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law, an invitation-only, non-profit association of gaming attorneys, regulators, educators and executives. He frequently serves on panels and speaks at national and international conferences on matters of administrative law, regulated industries, and constitutional law.

Experience Highlights

Served as General Counsel to the Florida Lottery, Gulfstream Park Casino and Surterra Wellness

Mediated matters ranging from minor property damage cases to multi-million dollar complex tax matters

Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Law

Recognized in City & State Florida Magazine’s “Top 100” in Florida Health Care for 2022

  • International Association of Gaming Advisors
  • International Masters of Gaming Law
  • The Florida Bar
  • Appointed to the Florida Medical Cannabis Advisory Board by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried
  • Appointed to the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Ron DeSantis

  • Juris Doctor: Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 2008
  • Bachelor of Science: University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 2005

  • Board Certified in State and Federal Government and Administrative Practice by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization
  • Certified Circuit Judicial Court Mediator, the Florida Supreme Court
  • Recognized as "Rising Star" in the field of Gaming by Florida Super Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Named to the list of "Florida's Legal Elite Up & Comers" by Florida Trend magazine, 2013, 2020
  • Named Florida Health Care Power 100 in City & State Florida, 2022

  • Guest Lecturer at University of Florida - Fredric G. Levin College of Law, “The State of Florida’s Process for Issuing Medical Marijuana Treatment Center Licenses,” August 19, 2022
  • Panelist, "Hemp Regulation Panel," Lay of the Land Conference, February 27, 2020
  • Panelist, “State Actions to Prevent/Cease Illegal Gambling,” February 15, 2016
  • Moderator, “Florida Lottery: What’s Next?” January 15, 2016
  • Presenter, “Lotteries Seeking Growth Opportunities,” January 15, 2016
  • Panelist, "Gaming Law Minefield," April 13, 2014
  • "Internet Cafes: Where Do We Go From Here?" August 22, 2012
  • "State-by-State Analysis of Internet Cafes," April 23, 2012
  • "Florida's Public Policy on Gaming," Florida Gaming Summit Panel, February 24, 2012
  • "Gambling and Pari-Mutuel Law," October 13, 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, "White Collar Crimes," Keiser University, September 13, 2009

  • Quoted in the article, "Florida Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Facing Possible Price Hikes for License Renewals," published by NBC News Channel 2, November 6, 2023 (Article)
  • "Lottery Courier Services and the Law", International Masters of Gaming Law, October 2023 (Article)
  • "DC Circuit Opinion Favorable to Seminole Tribe, Reinstating 2021 Compact", June 30, 2023 (Article)
  • "Florida Attorney General Seeks to Snuff Out State's Marijuana Proposal", Quoted, June 28, 2023 (Article)
  • "How the Fla. AG Is Impeding Recreational Marijuana", Law360, June 6, 2023 (Article)
  • "Moody’s Opposition to Recreational Marijuana Ballot Proposal", May 16, 2023 (Article)
  • Quoted in the article, "DOJ Says Medical Pot Patients Have No Right To Bear Arms," published in Law360, August 8, 2022
  • Quoted in the article, "Dean Mead lawyer gives odds on Florida recreational marijuana legalization in 2021," published in Orlando Business Journal, February 3, 2021
  • Quoted in the article entitled, “The Development of Florida's Hemp Industry,” published in The Land Journal, May 14, 2020
  • “Florida chapter, International Comparative Legal Guide (ICLG) to: Gambling 2020”, Co-Author, November 20, 2019
  • Quoted in the article entitled, “Florida recreational marijuana petition reaches next step for 2020 ballot,” published in the Orlando Business Journal, November 14, 2019
  • Quoted in the article entitled, “Everything You Need to Know About Legal Weed in Florida,” published in Thrillist, April 17, 2019
  • Quoted in the article entitled, “Here's what it will take to get smokable medical marijuana in Florida,” published in Orlando Business Journal, March 21, 2019
  • Quoted in the article entitled, “Expert: Here's how likely recreational marijuana legalization is for Florida,” published in Orlando Business Journal, March 4, 2019
  • News from Florida Gaming Congress, December 22, 2015
  • "'Misprinted' Lottery Tickets and the Disappointment of a Non-Winning Ticket," American Gaming Lawyer, October 5, 2015
  • "Fraud and Ticket Brokering: A Dilemma for Public Lotteries," American Gaming Lawyer, June 9, 2015
  • "The Legal Status of Gambling in America's Senior Communities," Marquette Elder's Advisor: Vol. 8: Iss. 2, Article 5, January 13, 2015
  • "Frequent Jackpot Winners: Lucky Players or Scammers?" Casino Lawyer Magazine, October 26, 2014
  • "DOJ Clears Way for PokerStars Return," Ante Up Magazine, September 27, 2012
  • "The History of Internet Cafés and the Current Approach to Their Regulation," UNLV Gaming Law Journal: Vol. 3: Iss. 2, Article 5, September 24, 2012

  • Florida
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