Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz is a boutique litigation and trial law firm that handles almost exclusively high-stakes litigation matters. Though its flagship office is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz handles complex commercial litigation, class actions, consumer protection litigation, personal injury, and wrongful death matters across the United States and the world.

Steffani Russo - Personal Injury Attorney Fort Lauderdale

Steffani M. Russo

Senior Associate

Fort Lauderdale

Steffani M. Russo

Senior Associate

Fort Lauderdale

Steffani M. Russo is a senior associate at Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP. Steffani represents individuals who have sustained injuries in various incidents, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, as well as slip and fall occurrences, and in cases involving negligence by insurance brokers. She also represents families seeking justice for their loved ones in wrongful death matters.

Steffani is also an integral part of the firm’s Trial Team and was featured in the Daily Business Review alongside firm partner Edward H. Zebersky, after obtaining a five million dollar wrongful-death jury verdict in 2018. She was also a member of the Trial Team, along with firm partner Jordan A. Shaw, which was recognized by “Top Verdict” for obtaining Florida’s largest securities-fraud jury verdict in 2017.

Prior to joining Zebersky Payne Shaw Lewenz, LLP, Mrs. Russo worked as a CLI with the Broward County Public Defender’s Office, where she represented clients in criminal pretrial proceedings and trial. Mrs. Russo attended Nova Southeastern University for both her undergraduate education and law school, where she was involved with the NSU criminal justice clinic and won the schools pro-bono award.


Chair’s Choice Pro Bono Service Award, Florida Bar (2004)
Florida Legal Elite, Florida Trend (2008)
Legislative Leadership “Shoe Leather Award”, AFTL (1999, 2001 and 2003)
Top Attorneys in Florida, The Wall Street Journal (June, 2011)
Top Florida Attorneys, Florida Trend (July, 2008)
Top Lawyers, South Florida Legal Guide (2004)
Who’s Who in American Law
SuperLawyers 2020
Lawyer to Legacy 2013 EAGLE Legend Award (FJA)
Wiedemann & Wysocki Award 2013 (AAJ)


Detroit Bar Association
Michigan Association for Justice
BNI Michigan- Geared for Success
Broward County Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Justice Association
America Association for Justice


Florida Fourth District Court of Appeals
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida


Nova Southeastern University – Shepard Broad College of Law, J.D.

  • Book Award for Highest Grade in Juvenile Law
  • Pro Bono Honors Program, Gold Award Recipient
  • CLI, Broward County Public Defender’s Office

Nova Southeastern University, B.S. Criminal Justice