An active leader at AGG with 25 years of experience, Russ is the co-chair of the firm’s Office industry team. He also chairs the firm’s Professional Development committee, which includes the mentoring and development of the firm’s associates across all practice groups as they progress towards partnership and the compensation analyses attendant thereto.
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 disposition of property. With a 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 which encompasses both 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 for developing smart real estate and leasing solutions.
Russ previously served as the vice-chair of the Commercial Real Estate / Leasing practice group, and co-chair of the firm’s Mixed-Use Development team. Russ also previously served for over ten years on the firm’s Paralegal committee, including many years as co-chair of that committee.