Russell P. Schropp practices in the areas of land use, zoning, and environmental law. He represents property owners and others before local, regional, state and federal agencies. Russ is a regular contributor to the firm’s blog, The Legal Scoop on Southwest Florida Real Estate.
Prior to attending law school, he worked as a city planner in Hillsborough County, Florida, and received his Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. While in law school, Russ was a member of the Law Review, and is the author of an article entitled The Reasonableness of Aesthetic Zoning in Florida: A Look Beyond the Police Power, 10 F.S.U.L.Rev. 441.
For ten consecutive years (2007–2016), Russ has been named to Florida Super Lawyers® magazine, which recognizes the state’s top five percent of attorneys who are selected through an extensive peer review, statewide survey and independent evaluation. He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® (2011-2017) and Florida Trend Magazine's Legal Elite (2015-2016), noting his practice in land use and zoning law. Russ was also named the "2017 Land Use & Zoning Law Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers" by Best Lawyers in America®. He is also AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Russ joined Henderson Franklin in 1984 and currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee as Managing Attorney. For eight years, he served as Chair of the Land Use & Environmental Law division (2005-2013). Russ and his wife, Barbara, have three children, Stefan, Eric and Emma.
Russ serves as Co-Chair of the Business Issues Task Force of the Horizon Council, the business advisory council to the Lee County Commission. In recognition of his efforts with the Task Force, Russ received the Florida Economic Development Council's Volunteer of the Year award for Southwest Florida in 2013. He also serves as Chair of the City of Fort Myers Nuisance Abatement Board, and has been the founding Chair of the Land Use and Governmental Law Section of the Lee County Bar Association from 2005 to 2015. In prior years, Russ was a member of the board of directors of Hope Hospice (Chair 1993-95); a member of the City of Fort Myers Board of Zoning Adjustments (2001-09); and a member of the Florida Bar Grievance Committee for the 20th Judicial Circuit (Chair 1997-98).
A sports fan in general and an avid baseball fan in particular, Russ was a coach and board member for the Fort Myers Little League between 1993-2007, coached several youth travel baseball teams, was a board member and past president of the not-for-profit Southwest Florida Baseball, Inc., and played annually in the Roy Hobbs World Series event held in Lee County every year between 2002-2012. He has also been a youth basketball coach at the Lee County YMCA, served as advisor to the YMCA's Youth-in-Government chapter at Fort Myers High School, and was recognized as the YMCA volunteer of the year.