Attorney Profiles

Kevin Russell, Partner


Kevin K. Russell has argued ten merits cases in the Supreme Court in the past eight years.  He has been counsel or co-counsel in dozens of other cases as well, while also frequently filing amicus briefs on behalf of groups such as the ACLU, NAACP, the National Women’s Law Center, and constitutional law scholars.  Kevin currently is an instructor in the Harvard Supreme Court Litigation Clinic, and previously was an instructor in the Stanford Supreme Court Litigation Clinic for eight years.

Prior to joining the firm, Kevin worked in the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice.  During that time, he represented the United States in more than thirty-five civil and criminal cases in eleven federal courts of appeals, presenting oral argument in more than two dozen of those cases.

Kevin’s areas of special interest include civil rights, immunity, and matters of jurisdiction and civil procedure.

Kevin clerked for Justice Stephen G. Breyer during the Supreme Court’s October Term 1995.  He also served as a law clerk to Judge William A. Norris on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Supreme Court Arguments

  • Loughrin v. United States, April 1, 2014
  • Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp. v. Hoeper, December 9, 2013
  • Daimler AG v. Bauman, October 15, 2013
  • Freeman v. Quicken Loans, February 21, 2012
  • Sossamon v. Texas, November 2, 2010
  • Jerman v. Carlisle,  January 13, 2010
  • Flores-Figueroa v. United States, February 25, 2009
  • AT&T v. Hulteen, December 20, 2008
  • Meacham v. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory, April 23, 2008
  • Ledbetter v. Goodyear, November 27, 2006

Written Works

  • "SCOTUSblog," Updated regularly

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S.C.A., 1st Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., 2nd Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., 4th Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., 5th Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., 9th Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., 10th Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., D.C. Circuit
  • U.S.C.A., Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of International Trade


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S.C.A., 9th Circuit


  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1994
  • A.B., University of Michigan, 1991