“Russell solves problems for clients, with an emphasis on complex international matters. A substantial part of his practice focuses on compliance with U.S. international trade laws, including import/export regulations, export controls (EAR and ITAR) and OFAC sanctions. His work has included helping a client avoid criminal and civil penalties related to alleged nuclear isotope trafficking to Iran, negotiating the exit of a U.S. citizen trapped in China and setting up multiple foreign operations for U.S. clients. He helps clients facing aggressive U.S. enforcement agencies, multi-million dollar disputes with foreign partners and complex class action and constitutional litigation. Russell chairs Taft’s International Trade and China practice groups and also has significant experience assisting on international mergers and acquisitions.
Russell brings extensive international experience to Taft, including a decade as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department in China, Argentina and Washington D.C. His last diplomatic tour was as Political Unit Chief at the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Russell regularly assists Chinese and other foreign companies with the legal aspects of investing in the U.S. and in resolving disputes here. He continues to be active in China matters and is a participant in the National Committee on United States-China Relations’ Public Intellectual Program.”