Wayne P. Russell, Esq.



Attorney Summary

Mr. Russell joined The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A. in 2018. Mr. Russell handles his own case load and has quickly accelerated his learning curve. He is proficient in new client intakes, informal conferences, the discovery process, settlement evaluations, and demands, and general handling of all aspects of a DBA or Longshore case up to and including trial. Most importantly, he is passionate about helping the injured workers he represents under the Longshore and Defense Base Act.

Prior to working for Gillis, Mermell, & Pacheco, P.A., Mr. Russell was an associate at a regional mid-size law firm (Fowler Rodriguez, LLP) and specialized in Maritime/Admiralty Personal Injury Insurance Defense; Maritime Contract Disputes; Commercial and Residential Landlord/Tenant Disputes; Construction/Mechanic’s Liens; and Florida Lemon Law Claims. Through this diverse practice area experience, Mr. Russell became proficient in drafting and initiating pleadings and motions, attained repeated success for his clients at hearings and trials in Florida state court and Federal Court.

Mr. Russell is admitted to the Florida Bar and The Southern District of Florida.


  • J.D., Florida International University, College of Law in 2015
  • B.A., Arts and Sciences from the University of Miami in 2011
  • Member of the Coral Gables Bar Association
  • Admitted to the Florida Bar and to practice before all courts in the state of Florida
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The Law Offices of Gillis, Mermell & Pacheco, P.A., fighting for injured workers under since 1996

Over $500,000,000.00 obtained in benefits and/or settlements for our clients during the past 20 years

Over 2,500 mediations on behalf of injured workers

Over 3,500 claims of injured workers under the Defense Base Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

Over 60 years of combined attorney experience in assisting injured workers

Over 3,000 injured workers’ cases

Over 6,000 claims filed on behalf of injured workers

Over 200 injured workers’ cases taken to trial

You can rely upon our experience, knowledge, expertise and commitment to get the job done on your DBA case. We are ready to go to work for you today!

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