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Bruce H. Russell

Bruce Harold Russell


Practice Areas

  • General Civil Litigation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Relations
Martindale Hubbell Preeminent 2022
Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Platinum 2020


Bruce logs thousands of miles each to year traveling between the courthouses of the Western end of the Commonwealth.  He thinks of himself as the modern evolution of the “Virginia Country Lawyer,” and his successful general practice encompasses criminal defense, traffic citations ranging from speeding tickets to DUI, domestic relations, plaintiff’s litigation including personal injury, and whatever other wrongs cry out for redress on a given day.


  • University of Richmond, School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    • J.D
  • University of Virginia McIntire Business Institute, Charlottesville, VA
    • B.A - 1997
  • University of Virginia

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia Supreme Court, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Fourth Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 2003

Professional Associations

  • Virginia State Bar, Member, Executive Committee. Member, Bar Council (2021-Present), Present
  • Leadership body of VSB Council, Present
  • Member, 2024 VSB Strategic Planning Initiative, Present
  • Member, Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee (2020-23)
  • Member, Bench-Bar Relations Committee (2020-Present), Vice-Chair (2023-Present), Present
  • Faculty Member, Harry L. Carrico Professionalism Course (2023-Present), Present
  • Boyd-Graves Conference, Invitation-only group of experienced, elite civil trial lawyers and judges. Steering Committee (2024-Present), Present
  • Virginia Mountain Valley Lawyers’ Alliance, President Emeritus, Present
  • Patrick Henry American Inn of Court, Founder and President
  • Southwest Virginia Law Foundation, Founder and Chairman
  • Russell County Bar, President (2013-Present), Present
  • 28th Circuit Criminal Defense Bar, President (2019-Present), Present
  • Southwest Virginia Legal Aid Society, Board Member
  • Virginia Alpha Delta Phi Alumni Chapter, President
  • Regional Bench-Bar Conference Planning Committee, Founding member
  • Child Dependency Legal Representation Workgroup, Member
  • University of Virginia Southwest Virginia Alumni Association, Board Member
  • Watauga Elementary School P.T.O., President
  • Highlands Soccer Club, Board Member and Legal Counsel
  • Client-Centered Legal Services, Board Member
  • Washington Co. Schools Superintendent's Parental Advisory Committee
  • Cumberland Plateau Planning District Committee Advisory Board
  • Russell County Court Improvement Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member, Law Practice Division Council
  • American Bar Association, Member, Lawyer Leadership & Management Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member, Outreach Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member, Pro Bono & Public Service Committee

Published Works

  • Legal Desserts: Recipes For Celebrating Your Next Victory/Mourning Your Next Defeat, Virginia Lawyer, Pending March 2023
  • Navigating Legal Deserts In Far Southwest Virginia, Virginia Lawyer, October 2023
  • How Many Lawyers Does It Take To Move A Mountain?, Virginia Lawyer, August 2023
  • Have You Considered Being a Leader in Your Local Bar?, Virginia Lawyer, June 2023
  • Virginia Mountain/Valley Lawyers’ Alliance Annual Meeting Celebrates Service, Education, and Justice, Virginia Lawyer, February 2023
  • Southwest Virginia Bench-Bar Conference Celebrates Ten Years of Bringing Together Lawyers, Judges, Virginia Lawyer, November 2022
  • Southwest Virginia Bar Groups Bring Pro Bono to Law Day Events, Virginia Lawyer, October 2022
  • Alternate Sentencing Dispositions in General District Court (Publication Pending)
  • A Day At The Assizes: A Random Walk Through A Virginia District Court Setting (and Beyond) (Publication Pending)
  • Practical Advice - Basics of Representing Small Businesses (Publication Pending)
  • Practical Advice - Basics of Representing Consumers in Business Disputes (Publication Pending)


  • Virginia Local Bar Leader of the Year 2023
  • Virginia Law Foundation Fellow - Class of 2023
  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly - Leaders in the Law - Class of 2020
  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion
  • Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award
  • Pro Bono Service Honor Roll
  • Get to 30! Challenge Service Award Honoree
  • Law Eagles of America
  • Top-Rated Lawyers in Virginia
  • Lawyers of Distinction

Classes & Seminars

  • The Ethics of Terminating the Attorney-Client Relationship, Virginia CLE, Richmond, VA, upcoming April 2024
  • Bar Projects Showcase: Law Day, Bar Leaders Institute, March 2024
  • Practical Advice - Basics of Representing Consumers in Business Disputes, Virginia CLE, Glen Allen, VA, December 2023
  • Practical Advice - Basics of Representing Small Businesses, Virginia CLE, Charlottesville, VA, November 2023
  • Perspectives on Bar Leadership, Bar Leaders Institute, Richmond, VA, March 2023
  • Virginia CLE Business Law Seminar, upcoming September 2024
  • Personal Injury Basics, upcoming Fall/Winter 2024
  • Representing Comic Book and Graphic Novel Creators in The Current Media Landscape, TBD 2024