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Snyder & Reilly, Trial Lawyers

355 West Venice Avenue, Venice, FL 34285

Visit: http://www.snyderandreilly.com

Phone: 941-485-9626

Fax: 941-485-8163

Licensed Since: 1974

Education:University of Florida Levin College of Law

Practice Areas:

  • Estate & Trust Litigation (80%)
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (20%)

Q Attorney Profile

Attorney W. Russell Snyder is a partner with the Snyder & Reilly law firm, located in Venice, Florida. At the firm, Mr. Snyder focuses his practice on litigating and mediating contested wills, estates and trusts.

Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, Mr. Snyder spent high school years in Lincoln, Illinois, and graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Upon graduation from Bradley, Mr. Snyder was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he eventually rose to the rank of captain, worked in the field of logistics, and received the Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Management Ability.

Following his four years in the military, Mr. Snyder attended the University of Florida Levin College of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctor, with honors, in 1973. While in law school, Mr. Snyder served as Executive Editor for the school\'s law review, and in 1974, The Florida Bar admitted him to practice.

Certified as a civil trial lawyer (from 1985 to 2015) by the Florida Bar Board of Certification, Mr. Snyder has achieved notable success fighting on behalf of the rights and best interests of his clients. Along with securing millions of dollars for his plaintiff clients in numerous liability lawsuits, he has handled some of Florida\'s complex and well known estate litigation cases. In recognition for his high ethical standards and exceptional customer service, Mr. Snyder has received several awards and honors, and he holds an AV Preeminent peerreview rating* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Fully committed to his practice, Mr. Snyder is active in a number of professional legal associations. He was the founding president of the Sarasota County Bar Association (SCBA) South County Division (SCD) and is a Past President of The Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court in Sarasota. He is also a member of The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and the former chair of the 12th Judicial Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL) Committee. Mr. Snyder also chairs the group of longtime Sarasota lawyers called Senior Counsel of Sarasota County.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Q More info

About Russell Snyder

Admitted: 1974, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.snyderandreilly.com/W-Russell-Snyder.php


  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating (Martindale-Hubbell), 1989
  • Super Lawyer – Estate and Trust Disputes, 2013, 2016,2017 and 2018

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, Florida Bar, 1985 - 2015

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, The Twelfth Judicial Circuit Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee
  • Founding President, South County Division, Sarasota County Bar Association, 2010 – 2011
  • Florida, 1973
  • Past President, Judge John M. Scheb American Inn of Court, Sarasota, and Master Emeritus, 2005 - 2006

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mentor to younger lawyers
  • Community Charter Member and Past President, Venice Sunrise Rotary Club, 1976
  • Past Chair, City of Venice Parks and Recreation Board
  • President, Venice Little League, 1988

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • University of Florida, Executive Editor of University of Florida Law Review, 1973


  • George Fox and Carolyn Fox v. Orkin Exterminating Co., 1998
  • R. E. Bell, Incorporated v. General Development Corporation, 1980
  • David Johnson v. William Clark

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Decorated:  Air Force Commendation Medal for Outstanding Management Ability, 1969

Educational Background:

  • Lincoln Community High School, Lincoln, Illinois
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois, B.S. in Business Administration, Outstanding Student in Marketing, 1967

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