Awards and Honors

 

  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

  • Best Lawyers in America

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers

  • Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5.0)

  • 2018 Nashville Lawyer of the Year –Labor

  • Top 100 Lawyers in Tennessee

  • Top 50 Lawyers in Nashville

  • Fellow, Tennessee Bar Foundation

  • Former chair of the Tennessee Bar Association Labor and Employment Section

  • Co-chair of the Nashville Bar Association ADR Committee

Education

  • University of Tennessee (B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Summa Cum Laude, 1996)

  • University of Memphis (J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 1999)

About Michael

 

Michael Russell is a Nashville based mediator and arbitrator who serves as a neutral in cases throughout the United States.

Michael has successfully mediated almost every type of civil action, from single party employment cases to nation-wide class actions.  Because of his background in employment law, he is especially sought after by the labor and employment bar. His mediation experience, however, includes business disputes, law firm dissolutions, personal injury cases, traditional labor disputes, construction litigation, intellectual property matters, and consumer class actions.

 

Michael has a diverse legal background.  He has tried jury trials for both plaintiffs and defendants, and he has appeared in courtrooms from New York to California.  Prior to having a full time ADR practice, Michael was a partner in a small labor and employment firm that grew to a state-wide litigation boutique.  He then became a partner in one of the oldest and largest firms in Tennessee, where he engaged in a nation-wide employment litigation practice.  He now devotes his entire practice to being a neutral. 

 

Michael graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a Humphreys Law Fellow. He has lectured at a number of universities, most recently for the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University.

Michael is a well-regarded speaker and writer.  He has published articles in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, the University of Memphis Law Review, the Ohio Northern University Law Review, the Seton Hall Constitutional Law Journal, and Employee Rights Quarterly. His articles have been cited by courts, scholars, and in testimony before the United States Congress. He has lectured nationally and internationally.

Michael has served on the boards of numerous civic and non-profit organizations, including the University of Tennessee Alumni Association, the UT Alumni Legislative Council, the National Conference of Law Reviews, the TBA Leadership Law Alumni Association, and the TBA Leadership Law Steering Committee. He is an active member of the ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee, and was a co-founder of the Howell Edmunds Jackson American Inn of Court.

In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, travel, and spending as much time on the tennis court as he can.  His travels have taken him – among other places --  to Cuba, South Africa, Nicaragua, and across much of Europe.  He and his wife, Heather, live in suburban Nashville.  The Russells have two sons, Preston and Carlisle.

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