Russell was born and raised in Miami, FL. He attended college at Florida State University, graduating with a degree in Political Science. He then attended the University of Miami School of Law, where he graduated Cum Laude in 1994 and in the top 10% of his class. Russell was also a member of the prestigious University of Miami Law Review.
Russell is admitted to practice law in Florida, including the Federal Courts of Florida. He began his legal career at one of the top law firms in Florida, defending insurance companies, and learning the way they evaluate cases. He left that practice after 3 years and for the next 3 years learned the opposite side of the law, advocating for injured victims at a well-established plaintiff’s law firm. In 2000, Russell went out on his own.