Russ is a seasoned, Harvard-trained litigator who helps resolve legal disputes effectively and efficiently. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial disputes and defendants in catastrophic personal injury cases. Russ has litigated cases at every level, from state trial courts all the way to the Supreme Court of Texas.
Prior to joining the Rodriguez Law Firm, Russ worked at two nationally renowned litigation boutiques in Dallas and an international law firm based in Houston, fighting hard for his clients when the stakes were at their highest. He has represented Fortune 100 companies and high net-worth individuals in disputes ranging from multi-million dollar breach of contract claims to $100 million-plus antitrust claims to billion-dollar trust litigation. He has also litigated several cases involving complex federal statutes, including those related to privacy, aviation and environmental protection. His efforts have resulted in many favorable outcomes for his clients.
After law school, he clerked for the Honorable George P. Kazen, a federal district judge in the Southern District of Texas. While in law school, he served as a Senior Editor on the Harvard Environmental Law Review and won first place in the Williston Negotiation Competition.
Education and Background:
- Law Clerk, Honorable George P. Kazen, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- Harvard Law School, J.D., 2012
- Dartmouth College, B.A. magna cum laude, 2006
Admissions and Honors:
- United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
- Texas Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2017-2021
- Best Lawyers in America Ones to Watch, Commercial Litigation & Energy Law, 2021
- For former oil company officer – obtained successful denial of defendants’ summary judgment in dispute over foreign oil and gas concession
- For trading card company – obtained successful denial of defendant’s summary judgment on antitrust claims
- For pipeline construction company – drafted summary judgment briefing that led to favorable settlement in million-dollar construction delay dispute
- For Fortune 100 conglomerate – defense of federal antitrust claims through trial
- For global energy company – part of team that successfully defended against billion-dollar business tort claims
- For African subsidiary of a major oilfield services company – assisted in resolution of threatened enforcement action and related contract dispute with national government
- “Update on Challenges to Expert Witnesses,” Texas Bar CLE on Damages in Civil Litigation, Houston, February 2015 (Maria Boyce, co-author).
- Dallas Bar Association
- Dallas Association of Young Lawyers