Lydecker Diaz Appoints Patrick Russell as Partner

Patrick Russell

Russell brings more than twenty years of diverse legal experience to role, including active trial practice, insurance law, commercial litigation and ethics law

Miami-based law firm Lydecker Diaz recently hired Patrick Russell, Esq. as Partner in its Miami office, adding an accomplished attorney with decades of diverse legal experience to the firm’s growing practice. Russell has been practicing law in Florida since 1994 and his previous work includes more than twenty years in private practice, where he handled a wide range of casework. At Lydecker Diaz, Russell will continue to maintain an active trial practice throughout the State of Florida.

“Patrick’s legal experience and documented success – as well as his breadth of practice areas – make him a welcome addition to our team at Lydecker Diaz and complement our existing areas of expertise, including insurance, commercial litigation, and legal malpractice, while adding compliance, ethics, and lawyer regulation to the firm,” said Richard Lydecker, Founding Partner of Lydecker Diaz. “We very much look forward to leveraging his expertise to serve our clients.”

Prior to joining Lydecker Diaz, Russell was Ethics Trial Counsel for The Florida Bar. Before joining the Florida Bar as Ethics Trial Counsel, he spent the majority of his legal career – more than eighteen years – managing his own law firm. During that time, Russell maintained a busy and diverse practice that included both litigation and transactional work involving insurance law, business law, contracts and real estate.

Russell is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law and Marquette University in his native Wisconsin. He is also actively involved in several professional and community pursuits outside of his legal practice. His memberships and activities include:

  • Chair – Health and Wellness Committee, ADR Section, Florida Bar
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Circuit Court Mediator
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Florida Bar
  • WIND, Windstorm Insurance Network member
  • Director for the nonprofit Making History Project (
  • Former Bar Grievance Committee Member, 11th Judicial Circuit
  • Past volunteer as a Guardian Ad Litem for minor settlements, 11th Judicial Circuit

Founded in Miami, Lydecker Diaz now encompasses twelve offices across Florida and the Northeast that specialize in complex commercial litigation, insurance defense, government liability and labor & employment law.

Lydecker Diaz Opens Permanent Office in New Jersey  

Lydecker Diaz announced the official opening of its New Jersey office, ideally located in Jersey City’s Exchange Place financial district. The new office gives the firm a permanent space with room to grow, and adds to its footprint in the Tri-State area. It is located at the One Evertrust Plaza building, equal distance between the Grove Street and Exchange Place Path stations. The firm’s New Jersey team was previously housed in a temporary space.

It’s new 4,632 RSF office space will be led by senior partner Robert Pariser. Pariser, who manages both the New Jersey and New York offices, will lead a team of 12 attorneys, in New Jersey. Among them are new firm hires, associate attorneys, Matthew Biondi and Michael Goldman.

Find out more about the firm’s new permanent home and hires in New Jersey via Law 360 and NJBiz.

Recent Lydecker Diaz Win is a Win for Miami’s Real Estate Market

As Miami continues to be a destination for foreign investors looking to buy real estate, many of which are not fluent in English, translators are often used to help communicate in negotiating deals. A case won at the Third District Court of Appeal by Lydecker Diaz attorneys Joan Carlos Wizel and Mark Hendricks underscored that a broker must initiate negotiations through some affirmative act to bring the buyer and seller together and remain involved in the continuing negotiations, in order to claim commission.

Per Joan Carlos Wizel, this case was a win not only for the firm, but also for Miami’s real estate market. Learn more about the case and how it will impact the current foreign investment real estate landscape here.

Lydecker Diaz Announces Launch of College Scholarship Program



Scholarship Program to Benefit College Undergraduate and Graduate Students


MIAMI, FL (July 10, 2018) – Today, law firm, Lydecker Diaz, announced the launch of a scholarship program benefitting an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a U.S. college, university or institute.


The $1,000 Lydecker Diaz Scholarship is open to any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program by September 1, 2018. Each applicant must submit a 500 words or less essay that expresses why he or she was born to practice law, or what area of law he or she would prefer to practice in if he or she was to major in a law. One student will win a $1,000 scholarship to use toward school-related expenses such as tuition, books, or room and board.


“We are excited to offer this scholarship to one student to help him or her pursue their education and dreams alleviating some of the worry that comes with student-related fees,” said Mark Hendricks, Managing Partner, Lydecker Diaz.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is November 30, 2018. A panel of three judges will announce a winner on December 15, 2018. To apply for this scholarship, please visit, or email your application to




About Lydecker Diaz

Lydecker Diaz is an AV-rated full-service national law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Bonita Springs, Jacksonville and Tampa. The firm’s attorneys have extensive experience in the areas of commercial and financial litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, appeals, and corporate & business transactions.


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Lydecker Diaz Attorneys Recognized with the Prestigious 2018 Super Lawyers Distinction

(Miami, FL – June 14, 2018) – Today, law firm Lydecker Diaz announced that several attorneys from across the firm’s east coast offices have been selected to appear on the national 2018 Super Lawyers list. The prestigious recognition is given to outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have garnered a high degree of peer recognition, as well as professional achievement.

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