Company: Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP
Location: Darien, Connecticut, United States
William T. Russell Jr., Esq., Lawyer at Simpson, Thacher, & Bartlett LLP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in law and litigation.
A renowned litigator, Mr. Russell was introduced to law by his father and became intrigued by the role in society lawyers played. He respected how lawyers could officiate change in society and enable people to dispute an issue without violence, and so he pursued study in the field. Mr. Russell received a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1987 and obtained a Juris Doctor from New York University in 1990. One year later, he was admitted to the New York Bar. Since 1999, Mr. Russell has served as a partner and co-chairman of the pro bono committee to Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett, where he gained initial experience as an associate from 1990 to 1999. The highlight of his career was representing the Campaign for Fiscal Equity who challenged the state’s public education fund, claiming a large number of the city’s public school students were being deprived of their constitutionally required education. The verdict resulted in reaching a substantial increase in the amount of funding available to the 1.1 million children of the city public schools system.
In his 30-year career, Mr. Russell has been honored for his expertise with recognition in New York Super Lawyers, the Legal 500 United States, and Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation Survey as “Litigation Star.” A David Rockefeller Fellow, he has also been the recipient of the Legal Aid Society Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service and Manhattan Legal Services Visionary Leadership Award. Mr. Russell holds membership with the Lawyers Alliance of New York, New York City Bar Association, American Law Institute, New York State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. He sits as vice-chair of the Board of Legal Services NYC and is on the board for the National Center for Access to Justice. To attest to Mr. Russell’s legacy, he can also be found in the 14th edition of Who’s Who in American Law and the 33rd through 36th editions of Who’s Who in the East.
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