Russell L. Brown
Russell regularly represents clients before zoning boards and planning commissions throughout the State of Indiana and has successfully navigated numerous clients through corporate and real estate transactions, including advising on corporate formation strategies, negotiating complex asset, stock or real estate purchase agreements and assisting clients in completing requisite transactional due diligence. In his career, Russell has provided representation and counsel to municipalities, municipal corporations and community development corporations and has served as counsel to developers engaging in public private partnerships with municipal entities. Russell also provides representation in estate planning and probate services.
Prior to joining the Firm, Russell worked in various public sector roles including as a member of the Governor’s Office staff under the late Frank O’Bannon. Russell also served as the Director of Policy of the Department of Workforce Development. In 2005, Russell spent time working as lobbyist of Indiana’s General Assembly for the trade organization for Indiana’s paid circulation newspapers. For nearly two years, Russell served as the vice chairperson of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Lawrence, Indiana.
From September 2009 through December 2014, Russell served as the elected Township Trustee of Lawrence Township, Marion County, choosing not to stand for re-election in 2014. Under Russell’s leadership the Township transitioned from a deficit budget to a surplus budget, merged the township fire department with the Indianapolis Fire Department, renovated the Morris Settles Township Center and created the Lawrence Township Hunger Coalition, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not for profit community organization which started and operated The Cupboard of Lawrence Township until July 2016.
In 2010-2011, Russell was a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association's Bar Leader Series Class VIII and was named one of Indiana Lawyer's "Up and Coming Lawyers" in 2012. In February 2012, Russell was named to the Board of Directors for the Fort Harrison Reuse Authority by the Indianapolis City County Council and was reappointed in December 2014. Throughout his time on the Board he has served as the Secretary/Treasurer.
Russell is a December 2006 cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he served as an Associate Editor of the Indiana Law Review, participated in pro-bono work with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and was a member of the Dean’s Student Advisory Board. Russell earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 1999.
Russell is a member of Southeastern Church of Christ in Indianapolis where he has coordinated a twice a monthly intake session for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic since November 2007. Russell regularly volunteers for other pro-bono legal services, was an initial member of the Young Professional Advisory Board for the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic and since 2011 has served on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, where he currently serves as the Secretary to the Board. Russell’s service to the Legal Clinic has included service on the Executive Director Search Committee and Development Committee.
He is the husband to Emily and father to a son, Jeb. Together Russell and Jeb are “Ballpark Chasers”, regularly visiting major league baseball parks, of which they have visited approximately half. Russell has also served several stints as a youth baseball coach, most recently with the Oaklandon Youth Organization where he also serves as the Rules and Training Chair.
Russell is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana as well as the Northern and Southern District Courts of Indiana. Russell is also a Registered Civil Mediator in the State of Indiana. He is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Real Estate/Land Use Division, of which he is a past chair, and is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association.