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David Russell has more than 30 year's legal experience in a variety of practice areas. He is highly regarded as a bankruptcy attorney, having represented hundreds of debtors and creditors, and having been a finalist for appointment as a federal bankruptcy judge. His clients have included doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other professionals. He also is counsel for small businesses, including financial, retail, wholesale and distribution enterprises. He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been designated a "Super Lawyer." David performed management and administrative duties within the law firm from 1993 to 2011.

Another area of specialization is Social Security Disability cases. David has been successful for hundreds of claimants in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He also does mediation, having provided alternative dispute resolution services in civil litigation, farmer-creditor conflicts on a volunteer basis, and even disputes within law firms, drawing on management experience in his own firm.

David has a long record of community involvement and is past president of the United States Curling Association. He played an integral role in the collaboration between the Boys & Girls Club and Viterbo University in building a joint recreational facility, the first of its kind in the nation. David received the State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Award in 1993. In 2006, he started a free legal clinic with volunteer lawyers, and still manages the monthly clinic. In 2012 he received the Jefferson Award for public service. His passion for service to others in the community is the same passion that he brings to serving his clients.

Representative Experience

  • Represented credit union in recovering fraud claim against bankruptcy debtors.
  • Reached settlement for less than half of the amount sought, on behalf of the defendant, in a bankruptcy litigation case. The defendant was a small business being sued by a bankruptcy trustee to recover preferential transfer.
  • Successfully defended a client in bankruptcy litigation against a fraud claim, leading to the dismissal of the fraud claim. The debtor client was being sued by a relative for fraud, when no fraud was involved.
  • Recovered real estate for a creditor client, who needed to foreclose on a delinquent land contract. The adverse party deeded back the real estate after being convinced of an alternative to litigation.
  • Has represented hundreds of social security disability claims.
  • Has represented many small businesses in financial distress.
Litigation Percentage:
20% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Wisconsin, 1979
U.S. Federal Courts, 1979
Education:
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1979
J.D.
Honors: Cum Laude
University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1974
B.A.
Major: Business Administration

Representative Cases:Kane v. Employer's Ins. of Wausau, 419 N.W.2d 324 (Wis.App. 1987)
Rome v. Betz, 355 N.W.2d 844 (Wis. App. 1984)Grabitske v. Brittingham & Hixon Lumber Co. (W.D.Wis. 2010 2010)

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Adjunct Professor of Business Law, University of Wisconsin La Crosse, 2001 - Present
Social Security Disability, Paralegal Association, 2006
Bankruptcy, Winona State University, 1984
Bankruptcy and Secured Transactions, High School Apprenticeship Class, 1997 - 2000
Bankruptcy, La Crosse County Bar Association, 1985
Social Security Disability, Western Wisconsin Legal Services, 1986
Social Security Disability, Western Wisconsin Legal Services, 1989
Social Security Disability, Western Wisconsin Legal Services, 1994
Receivers in Wisconsin and Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy, Credit Managers Group, 1999
Receivers in Wisconsin and Creditors' Rights in Bankruptcy, Credit Managers Group, 2004
Law Firm Management, La Crosse County Bar Association
Law Firm Trust Accounts, La Crosse County Bar Association
Honors and Awards:
State Bar of Wisconsin Pro Bono Award, 1993
Boys & Girls Clubs Wall of Fame, 2007
Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2012
Professional Associations and Memberships:
Wisconsin Bar Association, 1979 - Present
La Crosse County Bar Association, 1979 - Present
Past President
Wisconsin Bar Association, 2000 - 2006
Legal Assistance Committee
Western Wisconsin Legal Services (Low Income Clients), 1987 - 1993
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Legal Action of Wisconsin (Low Income Clients), 2005 - Present
Board of Directors
La Crosse County Bar Association, Low Income Divorce Panel, 1992 - 1995
La Crosse Public Education Foundation, 2000 - 2006
Past President
La Crosse County Historical Society, 1993 - 1996
Board of Directors
Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse, 1997 - Present
Board of Directors, Secretary
Community Youth Initiative Advocacy Committee (Skate Park, Curfew Change, Teen Center), 1998 - Present
State Road School PTA, 1989 - 1996
Past President
United States Curling Association (USCA), 1984 - 1996
Board of Directors, Past President
United States Curling Association Hall of Fame Committee, 2004 - Present
Wisconsin State Curling Association, 1977 - Present
Board of Directors, Past President
Office of Lawyer Regulation, 2012 - Present
District 5 Committee
United Campus Ministry, 1990 - 1995
Board of Directors, Treasurer
Advantage Financial Services, 2010 - Present
Board of Directors
Mathy Center, 2010 - Present
Board of Directors
Pro Bono Activities:
Western Wisconsin Legal Services, Pro Bono Panel, 1992 - Present
Wisconsin Farm Mediation and Arbitration Program, Volunteer Mediator, 1986 - Present
La Crosse County Free Legal Clinic, 2006 - Present