Florida Rising Stars 2015
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 2004
United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2004
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2005
United States District Court, Northern District of Florida, 2009
- Products Liability
- Admiralty & Maritime
- Defense and Insurance Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
Nova Southeastern University (B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 1999)
Phone Number : (305) 372-9044
Fax Number : (305) 372-5044
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200 S. Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33131
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RUSSELL M. PFEIFER is a partner in the Miami office of The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP and is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on general business litigation with an emphasis in product and premise liability matters. Mr. Pfeifer has served as lead counsel in several high profile wrongful death cases and has a proven record of obtaining results including the defense verdict for Simon Malls after a two week wrongful death case stemming from the 2006 Christmas Eve shooting of a twenty-four year old at the Boynton Beach Mall. The Christmas Eve shooting made national headlines and the suspect was captured after being featured on America’s Most Wanted. The family of the deceased asked the jury to award $5 million during trial. Mr. Pfeifer was also brought in as trial counsel on behalf of Mansion Nightclub (Miami Beach) in another highly publicized wrongful death case involving the stabbing and tragic death of a newlywed nightclub bouncer and two patrons. He was instrumental in securing a favorable global settlement under confidential terms. In 2013, Mr. Pfeifer obtained a defense verdict after a one week jury trial for a Tampa area condominium association. In addition to the verdict, the court entered final judgment against the plaintiff in excess of $100,000 for the condominium association’s attorney’s fees and costs. In 2015, he was successful in getting a commercial dispute settled for less than 10% on the third day of trial in federal court. In 2016, Mr. Pfeifer secured a defense verdict for a national boat manufacturing company in a three week product liability jury trial involving five personal injury plaintiffs and an insurance company seeking millions of dollars in damages.
Mr. Pfeifer graduated from Nova Southeastern University, (magna cum laude), with a B.S. in 1999, and earned his law degree from the University of Miami School of Law, (cum laude), in 2003 where he received the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement Award in Legal Research and Writing, the Cali Excellence for the Future Award in Legal Research and Writing, Dean’s Merit Scholarship and the Paul B. Anton Scholarship for academic excellence. He was previously an attorney with Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP and a member of the firm’s appellate and trial practice groups handling the defense for national and international product manufacturers, commercial premises owners, and professional liability claims of attorneys, accountants, insurance professionals and architects. Mr. Pfeifer has argued before four of the five District Courts of Appeal in Florida and is admitted to the Florida Bar, all state courts in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Courts for the Southern, Middle and Northern districts of Florida. In 2015, Mr. Pfeifer was recognized by the Florida edition of Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” an honor given to the top 2% of attorneys in Florida who are 40 years old or younger. Mr. Pfeifer was recognized again as a “Rising Star” in 2016 by Super Lawyers.
Mr. Pfeifer has authored an article on marine insurance published by the University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal and is also a regular guest lecturer at the University of Miami, School of Communication in advocacy and public speaking. He enjoys living in Miami, traveling and racing cars.
Professional AssociationsAmerican Bar Association
Dade County Defense Bar Association
- Defense Beats Boaters After Boat Engine Falls OffCelia Ampel, Daily Business Review April 6, 2016 The case seemed pretty cut-and-dried at first. A family of five...
- “Navigating through the Shoals of the Marine Hull Policy- A Chart for Insurers” University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, 17 U.S.F.Mar.L.J. 89 (2005)