Russell is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. His focus is wide-ranging in order to provide counsel for a multitude of client needs including estate planning, taxation, business formation, and probate and estate administration. He places particular emphasis on complex federal tax issues and the preservation of wealth through efficient transfer techniques.

By utilizing a variety of methods; including wills, trusts, and business organizations; he works to provide comprehensive planning for individuals and closely held business owners.

He also assists clients with federal income tax planning, creation of tax-exempt entities, and taxation of estates and trusts.

Estate Planning & Probate

  • Assisting clients with protecting or preserving family wealth through application of wealth preservation and asset protection techniques
  • Preparation of complex and tax-planned wills and trusts (including insurance trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, revocable management trusts, personal residence trusts, gift trusts, and intentionally defective grantor trusts)
  • Retirement and life insurance planning
  • Charitable planning
  • Business succession planning
  • Planning for incapacity through the use of appropriate trusts, powers of attorney and advanced medical directives
  • Planning with family limited partnerships, limited liability companies and various gift, sale and loan transactions
  • Probate, and estate and trust administration
  • Assisting executors in the administration of decedent’s estates and trustees in the administration of trusts


Tax Planning

  • Federal income tax planning
  • Establishing and advising nonprofit organizations and obtaining their tax-exempt status
  • Federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, including preparation of gift and estate tax returns
  • Board Certified, Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • Dallas Bar Association Tax Section Award, top SMU LL.M. tax student in the 2010 graduating class
  • Co-Presenter, Trusts: The Intersection of Family Law and Estate and Tax Planning, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, State Bar of Texas Family Law Section
    June 13, 2019

  • Austin Bar Association: Estate Planning and Probate Section (Immediate Past President 2015-2016; President 2014-2015; President-Elect 2013-2014; Treasurer 2012-2013; Board of Directors 2011-2017)
  • Austin Bar Association: Business, Corporate and Tax Section
  • Austin Young Lawyers Association
  • Estate Planning Council of Central Texas
  • State Bar of Texas Real Estate, Probate, and Trust Law Section
  • State Bar of Texas Tax Section
  • The Arc of the Capital Area Guardianship Program
  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
  • Member, The Fifty (supports Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas)