Russell Johnson is a litigator who has a wide variety of experience in commercial, real estate, and personal injury cases. Russell's undergraduate degree is from West Virginia University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Golden Key honor societies. In 2004 Russell graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law, where he was the Executive Editor of the First Amendment Law Review and a selected member of the National Trial Team. During law school Russell also won the Gressman-Pollit Award for appellate advocacy, a Best Attorney award at UNC's mock trial competition, and authored the article "One Nation Under God: Newdow v. United States Congress-A Poorly Chosen Battle in the War Over Separation of Church and State." 1 First Amend. L. Rev. 155 (2003).
Since 2004 Russell has successfully handled jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations. Significant experience includes multiple cases specially designated as complex by the Superior Court; a multi-state arbitration under the AAA's rules for Complex Commercial Cases involving claims over $2 million, successfully defending a major national retailer from an eviction that would have resulted in the loss of millions of dollars annually, and multiple wrongful death actions, including products liability, medical malpractice and dram shop cases. Russell is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in North Carolina and is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. His community involvement includes serving on the NCBA's Judicial Liaison Committee and the NCAJ's Mock Trial Committee. Russell is also a regional coordinator for the NCAJ High School Mock Trial Competition, and a member of the executive committee of the NCAJ's Civil Rights Section and Young Lawyers Division.