Driving Directions and Parking
When driving south, our law office is located on the left at the south end of the LRHMC campus. You can turn left at the Garden Street traffic light and pull in our parking lot through the alley. Our property is next to The Flower Cart and Advanced Diagnostic Group (MRI).
When driving north, you can turn right from Lakeland Hills Boulevard directly into our parking lot.
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Lakeland Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Law Firm
Russo Law is located on Lakeland Hills Boulevard directly across from Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center and the Carol Jenkins Barnett (daughter of Publix Founder) Pavilion for Women and Children. We are the only law office directly across the street from a certified Level II Trauma Center and the only law firm located in the heart of Lakeland’s medical district. As a Level II Trauma Center, any serious injury or illness in Polk County will be brought to LRHMC for treatment. The emergency room at LRHMC is ranked number 1 nationally in the number of annual hospital ER visits at over 200,000 (Becker’s Hospital Review 2016).
Conveniently Located In Lakeland’s Medical District
We are centrally located in the mid-town area of Lakeland in the medical district comprising of LRHMC, Watson Clinic, and many other independent medical practices and clinics. Chiropractic, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and MRI’s are all available within a few blocks. This area serves approximately 100,000 city residents, over 600,000 Polk County residents (as of July 2013 based on data from the University of Florida, Bureau of Economic and Business Research), and over 48,000 households.
Proud To Make Lakeland A Better Place
We are proud of our Lakeland office location as it went from a dilapidated building in the mid-town CRA (community redevelopment area) and was renovated to the building that it is today. Local contractors, labor, and materials from the Lakeland, Winter Haven, and Polk County area were used in the renovation. There are few greater feelings than making your own community a better place. Before the renovation, the building had been built in 1986 as a medical supply warehouse. Over the years, it served various businesses until it was purchased to be converted to a law office and brought up to modern building codes, ADA accessibility standards, and energy efficiency standards.
Looking Back On Lakeland’s History And The History Of Our Property
At Russo Law, we find history fascinating and would like to share and preserve the history of our property for future generations.
The City of Lakeland was established by competing land speculators from Kentucky (John W. Trammell and Abraham Munn) who were hoping to cash in on Henry B. Plant’s South Florida railway where a stop had been anticipated between what was then the village of Tampa and the town of Kissimmee. Rumor had it that the city would be built wherever Mr. Plant decided to locate his train station.
The neighborhood for which this property is named, John Cox, refers to John F. Cox who was one of the early settlers in the area after the U.S. Civil War. John F. Cox is listed as the first president (in 1923) of the Lakeland Association of Realtors, first known as the “Lakeland Real Estate Board.” Mr. Cox was one of six original charter members.
Mr. Cox was also elected to two terms as City Clerk, seven terms as Mayor of Lakeland, a real estate broker, an insurance agent, and was described as the “active spirit” in the creation of the Dixieland neighborhood in Lakeland in documents released by the City of Lakeland (also available in PDF). Mr. Cox was also the person credited with the naming of “Success Avenue” in Lakeland and was near Mr. Cox’s family home on Lake Morton.
Going back to the very beginning of Lakeland as a city, John W. Trammell purchased 80 acres north of the railroad right of way (from Lake Wire to Lake Parker) and sought to incorporate a city with a railroad depot. Abraham Munn purchased the 80 acres south of the railroad right of way. With the help of Herbert Drane, the railroad depot was built on Munn’s property and so began the north-south rivalry that persists in the city of Lakeland to this day.
This rivalry is not without its significance. The Ledger reported in 2004 that the Trammells and Drane clashed on many issues. It was reported that Drane usually sided with big business while the Trammells “espoused the needs of the common man.” As we add our part to the history of Lakeland today in representing real people in lawsuits against big business, it is more than symbolic that our office is located on the Trammell side of town.
Going back even further before there was a city of Lakeland, this property was part of a failed settlement called Acton, Florida, named for Lord Acton who apparently had hoped to profit from establishing citrus farms. Historical accounts say that he is most known for a quote in an 1887 letter to a bishop saying:
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men,…”
Regardless, the citrus farms in Acton all failed in 1885 and 1886 due to freezes and the settlement became a ghost town. What you won’t find in most historical sources is that the likely cause of this failure was the Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 that caused global climate change and erratic weather patterns until 1888. Had it not been for the Krakatoa eruption no subsequent impact on climate, our office may have been located in Acton, Florida instead of Lakeland, Florida today.
Mr. Russo’s Commitment To The Lakeland Community
Mr. Russo was very happy to have the opportunity to invest in the community that he grew up in and commit his career to an area that offers so much. Chris is a graduate of Lake Gibson High School and has lived in the Lakeland area since 1990.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Case
If you are looking for a personal injury attorney in Lakeland, then you are in the right place with Russo Law. A consultation with Mr. Russo is free and without any obligation. Contact us today to schedule your free case review.