An active leader at AGG with more than 25 years of experience, Russ is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and co-chair of the Industrial and Warehouse industry team. Russ’s work with commercial real estate developers and retailers is anything but routine. His strength in the commercial real estate industry allows clients to successfully partake in acquisitions, financing, development, leasing, and property disposition. With particular expertise in retail, big box, office, industrial and mixed-use development, as well as leasing, Russ’s clients engage in domestic and international projects. Clients hire him for his distinct ability to enhance legal counsel with solid foundational business practices. Russ often serves as a counselor and ‘sounding board’ for both entrepreneurs and institutional companies interested in practical advice that encompasses legal and business views.
Before joining the firm, Russ was counsel to a large retail property management company, where he negotiated leases and other transactional documents while overseeing various operational and property management issues, including landlord-tenant litigation. This on-the-ground experience makes him instrumental in developing smart real estate and leasing solutions.
Russ previously served in a number of leadership roles at AGG, including as chair of the firm’s Professional Development Committee, where he mentored and developed associates across class levels and practice groups as they progressed towards partnership, and he analyzed related compensation data. Russ also previously served as vice-chair of the Commercial Real Estate/Leasing practice group, co-chair of the Office industry team, and co-chair of the Mixed-Use Development team. For more than ten years, Russ was a member of the Paralegal Committee, including serving for many years as its co-chair.