Russ’s law practice focuses primarily on estate planning, business and organizational law, and charitable distributions for multi-generational families, family-held businesses, and nonprofit organizations. He’s served as Personal General Counsel for many high-net-worth individuals and families, coordinating the services of accountants, financial advisors, insurance professionals, and others.
Over more than four decades of experience, Russ has drafted countless multimillion dollar estate plans for client families spanning multiple generations. He is deeply experienced drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney designations, gift plan distributions, and charitable distributions with valuations up to $100 million. His expertise extends to administering trust and probate proceedings and working with private and corporate trustees and banks.
Additionally, Russ has created, set up, and overseen the day-to-day administration of private family foundations and donor advised funds (DAFs). As designated counsel for several national nonprofit organizations, Russ has strategized, planned, and executed complex charitable distributions assuring donor-advantaged objectives are achieved through gifts, trusts, and annuities.
Russ regularly advises nonprofit organizations and foundations on legal, employment, and governance matters. He shares his knowledge of best practices for nonprofit organizations, in particular religions organizational leadership, through teaching, writing, publishing, and volunteering in faith and community activities.