Russell was born and raised in Atlanta. He was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1985, having graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Georgia with an A.B. degree in 1981, and a J.D. degree in 1985, and has been with the firm since that time. Russell specializes in commercial litigation in state and federal courts with particular emphasis on bankruptcy litigation. He has extensive experience representing trustees, creditors, and debtors in all types of bankruptcy cases. Russell has also served as state court receiver, as litigation counsel for Federal Trade Commission Receivers in national telemarketing practices enforcement actions, and as a special assistant attorney general at the request of the Georgia Attorney General and the Georgia Insurance Commissioner in various receivership affairs. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Bankruptcy Section of the Atlanta Bar Association and continues his membership in the Bankruptcy, Litigation and Small Firm Sections of the Atlanta Bar Association. He is also a member of the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights, and General Practice and Trial Sections of the State Bar of Georgia.
Russell and his wife Debbie used to enjoy tennis and play competitively. Now they simply enjoy playing with grandkids. They have two grown children and reside in Gwinnett County and at Lake Sinclair.