James F. Russell--Division Two

Judge Russell was appointed Judge, Division Two, in 1998 and elected in 2006


  • B.A., Rhodes College, 1967
  • University of Memphis, Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1970

Committees and Commissions:

  • State of Tennessee Judicial Ethics Committee
  • State of Tennessee Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission

Current Professional Affiliations:

  • Tennessee Judicial Conference (Chair, ADR Committee)
  • Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court (Program Chair)

Past Professional Affiliations:

  • American Bar Association, Tennessee Bar Association, Memphis Bar Association (President 1992), Young Lawyers of Memphis (President 1976), Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association, Atlanta Claims Association, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel

Career Experience:

  • Apperson, Crump, Duzane & Maxwell (Partner 1985-1997)
  • Price, Vance & Criss; Russell & Warlick; Russell, Price, Weatherford, Warlick, Vance & Criss, P.C. (1978-1985)
  • Stanton, Russell & Challen (Partner 1974-1978) Nelson, Norvell, Wilson, McRea, Ivy & Sevier (Associated 1971-1974) Burch, Porter & Johnson (Law Clerk, 1968-1970)
  • General Sessions Court Clerk’s Office (Deputy Clerk, Summer 1968)
  • Judge Russell is also a trained mediator and was affiliated with Resolute Systems, Inc. before appointment to the Bench.


  • Received Memphis Bar Association’s Charles A. Rond Outstanding Judge of the Year Award in 2000


  • Married - Linda Hatcher Russell
  • Children - Mary Helen, Myles Edward and Maggie Abele
  • Attends St. John’s Episcopal Church

Church Affiliation:

  • St.John’s Episcopal Church
  • (Vestry member and Past Junior and Senior Warden)
  • The Diocese of West Tennessee
    Standing Committee on Constitution and Canons (Chair)
    Deputy to The General Convention of The Episcopal Church
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