Russell’s practice focuses on litigation of business and real estate disputes as well as other breach of contract matters. He also represents both employees and employers in employment matters and advises clients on the formation and structure of business entities. Russell’s representative clients include small business owners, commercial real estate developers, landlords, home owners as well as employees and independent contractors.
He has successfully tried cases to a jury, the bench, arbitrators, and governmental agencies representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has also successfully defended and appealed cases to the Washington Court of Appeals, one of which recently resulted in a published opinion making new law in the construction lien context. CalPortland Co. v. LevelOne Concrete LLC, 180 Wash. App. 379, 321 P.3d 1261 (2014). His dedication to his clients continues beyond the final judgment in a case to include the collection of judgments attained by him and other attorneys.
He joined Smith Alling as an Associate in 2008 and became a Shareholder in 2013. Russell is an active member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association and previously served as the President of the Young Lawyers Section of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association.