Russell Thompson-About Me

A graduate of the University of Miami Law School, I was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1985. I am a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Florida Bar Association (Trial Lawyers Section), the American Bar Association, and the Broward County Bar Association. Additionally, I am admitted to practice before all Florida State Courts. I also assist the disadvantaged as a pro-bono volunteer attorney with Broward Lawyers Care and The Lawyers for Children Project. 

How I Work 

Though I was born in New Jersey, I have now been a South Florida resident for over 30 years. My practice focuses primarily on personal injury and wrongful death, and I am committed to obtaining the maximum money recovery for those injured or killed by the negligence of others.

At the Law Offices of Russell M. Thompson, I have the legal and financial resources to fight for your legal rights. I will spend the necessary resources, both time and money, to secure the maximum financial results for you. And remember, if you do not recover money, you will not owe me an attorney fee or be responsible for any costs.

Although my office is located in Davie, Florida, I do have satellite office facilities in Fort Lauderdale, Plantation, Sunrise, Coral Springs, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and Miami where I can meet with you for a free consultation regarding your case. Also, I am always able to meet at your home or the hospital, if needed.

The Types of Victims I Help

My firm is dedicated to providing aggressive, high-quality legal representation to victims of personal injury. My firm handles many different types of personal injury cases, most of which are covered in detail on this website. Among the many kinds of cases I review are claims for:

  • People injured by dangerous, defective and unsafe drugs, medical devices and consumer products. These are called product liability claims, and they include the latest drug litigation over Baycol, found to cause serious injury and death due to a muscle condition called rhabdomyolysis; the diabetes drug Rezulin, which has been withdrawn from the market after being found to cause severe liver damage, liver failure and death; as well as Propulsid, which is a heartburn medication withdrawn from the market after being linked to hundreds of heart rhythm abnormalities and many deaths.
  • People suffering from hemorrhagic stroke caused by the chemical additive Phenylpropanolamiine, or PPA, a common ingredient in over the counter weight loss drugs as well as cold and cough medications.
  • Babies who suffer birth injuries, brain damage, or cerebral palsy due to birth trauma or medical malpractice.
  • People who suffer injuries due to hospital staff negligence and medical malpractice. These claims include nursing home abuse, one of today's most troubling areas.
  • People injured in automobile accidents resulting from the negligence of other drivers.
  • People injured in the workplace.
  • Construction workers or other workers injured through the negligence of others.
  • Victims of toxic torts, such as harm caused by pesticides, lead paint, chemical exposure, or water contamination.
  • People injured by defective tires or vehicle design.

An initial discussion about your case is free of charge or obligation, and I only charge a fee if I am successful in recovering an award for you. I will not ask you to pay a retainer fee up front because I recognize that most people recovering from an injury cannot afford to do so. My fees are based on a percentage of any recovery I make for you. This is called a contingent fee agreement.

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1985

Education 

  • Juris Doctor - Miami Univesity School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology - Nova University 

Awards

  • Florida Bar President's 2016 Pro Bono Service Award for the Seventeenth Circuit 
  • Broward Lawyers Care, Legal Aid Attorney of the Year for 2016

Professional Associations & Memberships 

  • Florida Bar
  • Federal Bar, Southern District of Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association 
  • The Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, Mentoring Committee
  • Broward County Bar Association, Board Member of the Professionalism Committee, Bench & Bar Committee, and Mentoring Committee
  • Broward County Justice Association (Trial Lawyers Assoc.)
  • Florida Bar, Traffic Court Rules Committee
  • Welcome Home Group (Veteran Employment Services ), Board Member 
  • Family Central, Advisory Board Member
  • Kiwanis of Tamarac, President Elect
  • Rotary Club of Deerfield Beach, Board Member 
  • Broward SCORE, Vice Chair & Certified Business Mentor
  • Toastmasters International, Advanced Communicator 

Notable Experience 

Ouasi-Judicial - Broward County Traffic Court Hearing Office, 2011 - Present  

Appointed by the Chief Judge to serve as a Traffic Court Hearing Officer, which has the power to accept pleas, hear and rule upon motions, conduct trials, and decide the guilt or innocence of persons charged with a civil traffic infraction in the same manner as a county court judge. Unlike other magistrates that make recommendations, traffic magistrates are Article V Constitutional Officers, meaning their rulings are final when rendered.