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Steven L. Russell

Steven Russell is the founder and managing member of Russell & Wright, PLLC. He practiced with large law firms for over twenty years before founding the firm in 2008. Today, the Texas business disputes lawyer owns his own general litigation practice, and focuses on commercial and business litigation, insurance coverage, toxic tort and environmental litigation, and products liability litigation.

His business litigation experience includes contract disputes, construction defect cases, trademark infringement cases, franchise-related disputes, and insurance coverage litigation. He also leads the firm’s Mortgage and Financial Services Practice Group, which advises financial services companies on fraud, underwriting, and other issues.  Mr. Russell is a Certified Fraud Examiner, having met the qualifications of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and passed the CFE examination.

Mr. Russell brings a unique background to the firm’s Toxic Torts practice, having practiced as a pharmacist before starting his law practice and having a master of public health degree. This background, and years of practice in this area, give Mr. Russell an appreciation for the scientific issues involved in environmental and toxic tort claims. Mr. Russell uses the insights gained from his background and experience to cross-examine adverse expert witnesses. His tort and products liability litigation experience includes cases involving chemical and environmental exposures, consumer products, electrical products, and industrial equipment.

He is active in the legal community, representing clients through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program and serving on the Board of Trustees of the Dallas Bar Foundation. Mr. Russell is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and lectures on law, ethics, and public health issues at the UT Southwestern School of Health Professions and the University of Texas School of Public Health. He is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society whose membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

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Representative Cases

Tantrum Street, LLC v. Carson, 2017 WL 3275901 (Tex.App.-Dallas July 25, 2017).

Channel Source, Inc. v. CTI Industries Corp., 2015 WL 13118198 (N.D. Tex. Oct. 26, 2015).

Citi-Talent, Ltd. v. Yang, 2013 WL 12123518 (N.D. Tex. June 25, 2013).

Hidden Values, Inc. v. Wade, 2012 WL 1836087 (N.D. Tex. May 18, 2012).

Davis v. Merck & Co., Inc., 357 F.Supp.2d 974 (E.D.Tex. 2005).

In re Silica Products Liability Litigation, 166 S.W.3d 3 (Tex. M.D.L. Panel 2004).

Youngblood v. U.S. Silica Company, 130 S.W.3d 461 (Tex.App. — Texarkana 2004, pet. denied).

Roberts v. Dayton Hudson Corp., 914 F.Supp. 1421 (N.D. Tex. 1996).

Osteen v. Glynn Dodson, Inc., 875 S.W.2d 429 (Tex.App. — Waco 1994, writ denied).

Sowell v. Dresser Indus., Inc., 866 S.W.2d 803 (Tex.App. — Beaumont 1993, writ denied).

Creel Enterprises, Inc. v. Mr. Gatti’s, Inc., Bus. Franch. Guide (CCH) 9,825 (N.D. Ala. 1990), aff’d, 933 F.2d 1022 (11th Cir. 1991).

Associations

American Bar Association

State Bar of Texas

Dallas Bar Association

Dallas Bar Foundation, Member, Board of Trustees

Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Patron Fellow

Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

American Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

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Education

J.D., University of Memphis School of Law, 1985
M.P.H., University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 2010
B.S. Pharmacy, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 1981

Certifications

Certified Fraud Examiner, Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, 2015

Admissions & Honors

State Bar Admissions

Texas
Tennessee
Colorado

Federal Court Admissions

Northern District of Texas
Eastern District of Texas
Southern District of Texas
Western District of Texas
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors

AV® Preeminent™ rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Texas Super Lawyer, 2007 – 2017 by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters service

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