Former 20th Judicial Circuit State Attorney Receives Statewide Award

The Honorable Stephen B. Russell, former State Attorney for the 20th Judicial Circuit, received the Eugene Whitworth Memorial Award from the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association
(FPAA) for his outstanding achievements and contributions to Criminal Justice in Florida. Mr. Russell was State Attorney for four terms, from 2003 through 2018, when he retired.

The award was presented to Mr. Russell by his successor, State Attorney Amira Fox, at a recent FPAA meeting.

“The lasting impact State Attorney Steve Russell made on the lives of the citizens of Southwest Florida, past,  present, and future, is immeasurable. He dedicated more than 40 years to criminal justice in pursuit of upholding the law and holding those who break the law accountable. He personally prosecuted thousands of cases and helped created the office I am proud to serve today,” said State Attorney Amira Fox.

During Mr. Russell’s career he prosecuted all types of cases including First-Degree Murder death penalty cases and felony sex offenses. As State Attorney he created the Economic Crimes Unit, the Homicide Unit, the Post-Conviction Unit, and the Special Victims Unit. His leadership and mentorship guided the careers of many successful lawyers in Southwest Florida. Mr. Russell continues his work today as an attorney in private practice.

The FPAA also recognized seven other former State Attorneys in Florida for their career contributions.

Samantha Syoen, Communications Director