Title: Lawyer, Partner
Company: Stinson LLP
Location: Columbia, Maryland, United States
H. Russell Frisby Jr., Lawyer and Partner at Stinson LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in regulatory and corporate law.
Mr. Frisby studied political science and international relations at Swarthmore College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. He then attended Yale Law School, earning a JD in 1975. He was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1975, and the D.C. bar in 1979. In 1978, he began his legal career as assistant general counsel for the Maryland Attorney General’s Office, where he remained for a year. In 1979, he became an attorney advisor for the Federal Communications Commission, and in 1980, he rose to the rank of legal assistant, a position he held until 1983.
Transitioning to a position at Weil, Gotshal & Manges, Mr. Frisby became a senior attorney in 1983. He continued to amass experience, accepting a new position as a principal at Melnicove, Kaufman, Weiner & Smouse PA in 1986, and a partner position at Venable, Baetjer & Howard in 1989. Further diversifying his experience, Mr. Frisby became the chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, and in 1998, he started as president of the Competitive Telecommunications Association, where he remained until 2004. He achieved great success, and after a merger, worked as president and interim chief executive officer before returning to the law as a partner with Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham. In 2007, he became a partner at Fleischman and Harding, and in 2009, he started as a partner at Stinson LLP, where he continues to practice to this day.
In recognition of his excellence in the legal profession, Mr. Frisby has been recognized with various awards and achievements throughout his career. He received the Charles Hamilton Houston Award from the Minority Business Enterprise Legal Defense and Education Fund in 1989. He also received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Fund for Educational Excellence in 1991, and was named to the Baltimore City College Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2018, he was awarded the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award from the Minority Media and Technology Council. Mr. Frisby is also a member of the American Bar Association, in which he serves on the board of governors, and is a fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation.
Mr. Frisby is an active member of his community, serving as the vice president of the Baltimore Museum of Art from 1993 to 1995. He served on the board of directors for the United Way of Central Maryland from 1989 to 1997. Out of his many professional achievements, Mr. Frisby is most proud of his time as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission. As a testament to his success and experience, he has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in American Law, and Whos’ Who in America.
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