Born and raised in Bartlesville, Russell returned to his hometown after graduating from law school in 2000 to practice at a small firm. In 2006, at the age of 33, Russell won election as an Associate District Judge of Washington County, making him one of the youngest judges to ever be elected in the state. He easily won re-election in 2010. As a judge, Russell hears all manner of cases from their beginnings to trials, including felony, civil and divorce cases.
“I truly enjoy what I do for a living,” he says. “I have great appreciation for what it means to be a lawyer and a judge and the role those positions have in our society.”