For the first 15 years of his practice, his principal focus was defense work. That focus has now shifted to plaintiff work. However, he maintains a balanced perspective. He is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and now focuses on complex trials and appellate cases. He also devotes much of his time to auto and other product liability cases.
He returned to Stevens Point to begin his practice at our firm in 1981. In 1986, Russell became a partner in the firm. He has practiced at the firm for over 30 years, and with the push for alternative dispute resolution (ADR), he averages 1-2 jury trials a year.
Russ is Past President of the Wisconsin Association for Justice (WAJ), as well as a member of the Legislative Task Force Committee, Membership Service Committee, and a member of the Board of Directors. WAJ is the largest voluntary bar association in Wisconsin and is dedicated to preserving the right to a jury trial and promoting a fair and equitable civil justice system. He is also a member of the AIEG (Attorneys Information Exchange Group).