Shareholder & Chair of Family Law Department
Mr. Russell is a Shareholder and Chair of the Family Law Department at the Wilentz Firm. While Mr. Russell focuses his practice on high net worth and high profile divorce matters, he has a full service family law practice–alimony, child custody and parenting time, child support, distribution of assets and liabilities, business valuations, protection of exempt assets, family trusts, domestic violence, same sex marriage, prenuptial agreements are issues that, while perhaps foreign to his clients, Mr. Russell immerses himself in every day. His diverse client base demonstrates the depth of his practice and includes: business owners, doctors, attorneys, corporate executives, financial advisors, professional athletes, celebrities, television/radio personalities, teachers, policeman, firemen and accountants. And because many of his cases focus on high net worth matrimonial disputes, Mr. Russell has developed a keen understanding of the right strategic approach for every unique situation. While Mr. Russell is always prepared to litigate for his clients, but never at the expense of their goals and where a settlement that minimizes the financial and emotional costs provides a favorable outcome.
Mr. Russell regularly appears in the Family Part throughout New Jersey but he is particularly active in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Somerset, Bergen, Union, Morris and Essex Counties, possessing an intimate knowledge of those courts and opposing counsel. In addition to having been appointed to serve on the Family Law Executive Committee to the New Jersey State Bar Association, Mr. Russell also serves on those committees in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, as well as an Early Settlement Panelist in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties. Mr. Russell is also certified as a R. 1:40 Qualified Mediator, where he conducts both private and court appointed mediations.
Mr. Russell is very involved with his local community in Monmouth County where he devotes substantial time raising money and awareness for LADACIN Network — Lifetime Assistance for Developmental and Challenging Individual Needs — a non-profit agency whose mission is to provide education, therapeutic, social, residential and support services for people with cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities in Mon-mouth/Ocean Counties. Mr. Russell founded and organizes an annual Polar Bear Plunge for LADACIN. Since 2009, this event has raised approximately $750,000.00 for LADACIN. Mr. Russell also serves on the LADACIN Network Rosebud Gala and New Jersey Marathon Committees.
Articles & Publications:
Wilentz Family Law Case Digest: A Summary of 2014 New Jersey Family Law Opinions, Statutes and Court Rules, 2006-2014
Events & Seminars:
Hot Tips in New Jersey Family Law, ICLE, 2014-2015
How the Trial of Domestic Violence Matter, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), 2008
Tax Issues Relevant to a Divorce Proceeding, ICLE
Awards & Achievements:
New Jersey Super Lawyers®–Rising Stars Edition, 2010 – Present
Top 40 Family Lawyer Under 40 in New Jersey, The American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015
Humanitarian of the Year, LADACIN Network, 2010