Dean Mead Adds Daniel Russell As Shareholder

ORLANDO – Dean Mead has announced attorney Dan Russell is now a shareholder with the firm.

Mr. Russell is a member of the firm’s Government Relations & Legislative Advocacy Practice Group in the Tallahassee office and focuses on civil and administrative litigation, government relations, and regulated industries.

Mr. Russell regularly represents clients before the Federal and Circuit Courts, in addition to working before the State of Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearings on regulatory matters. In particular, Mr. Russell represents a number of Executive Branch agencies with issues ranging from challenges to proposed agency rules, up to and including complex Federal class action litigation.  Mr. Russell is also a Circuit Judicial Court Mediator certified by the Florida Supreme Court.

Mr. Russell was appointed to the Florida Medical Cannabis Advisory Board by Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in 2019. He also serves as chair of the Second Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) which he was appointed to by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2019.

During his career,  Mr. Russell has also served as General Counsel of the Florida Lottery where he managed the legal affairs of the Lottery’s $5.5 billion per year operation.  As General Counsel of the Florida Lottery Mr. Russell was responsible for handling bid protests, administrative, state and federal litigation, and all other legal matters for the Lottery. During his tenure with the Florida Lottery, Mr. Russell spearheaded the creation of the Retailer Integrity Program.

Mr. Russell is also the former General Counsel for Florida’s premier thoroughbred track and casino, Gulfstream Park. As the facility’s General Counsel, he was responsible for all legal, compliance, regulatory, and risk management at the 150-acre facility, which included a horse race track, two casinos, a poker room, and an outdoor shopping mall.

Mr. Russell is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and the University of Florida College of Journalism.