Russell grew up in a town of 5,000 people in Southwest Missouri. After graduating from Southwest Baptist University, he earned his law degree from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. For over twenty years he worked at the New York City headquarters of one of the nation’s largest law firms, which had more than 1,700 lawyers. There he primarily represented large corporate defendants in products liability litigation and consumer fraud class actions. His cases were in courts all over the nation, from New York all the way to Hawaii, and Alaska down to the Texas coast. For many years he has written a regular column on products liability for the National Law Journal, and he taught products liability as an adjunct professor at New York City law schools. He frequently conducted Continuing Legal Education lectures for groups of lawyers on issues involving class actions, consumer fraud, and products liability.
After more than a decade as a partner in a major law firm, Russell recently made some changes. First, he changed sides. Having spent his career representing big corporations, Russell understands how they litigate and make decisions. He now seeks to use that experience to creatively advocate for consumers and victims of defective products across the nation.
Second, he changed his work environment. By forming his own firm rather than joining a larger institution, Russell can fully immerse himself in his cases, just like he enjoyed doing as a young lawyer. And this time he can pick the cases that matter most to him.
Third, he changed venue. By moving to St. Louis, Russell can more frequently visit with his family and old friends in Southwest Missouri. Russell’s cases, however, generally will remain national in scope, despite Russell’s new St. Louis address. Russell is licensed to practice law by the states of New York and Missouri.
Russell loves teaching and interacting with law students. During the Spring 2014 semester he will be teaching a course in Complex Civil Litigation as an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
Besides the law, Russell enjoys BBQ, boating, bourbon, the blues, theater, country music, and exploring other cultures through travel.