Class of 2012
Robin Russell is the Houston Office Managing Partner of Andrews Kurth LLP, a nationally recognized law firm. She co-chairs the firm’s national financial restructuring practice and currently serves on numerous committees including the Policy Committee, Finance Committee, Partners’ Compensation Committee and Administrative Staff Oversight Committee.
At Andrews Kurth, Ms. Russell provides strategic advice to corporate clients and independent boards on the structuring of contracts, loans, equity investments and acquisitions to minimize risks. She also represents clients throughout the U.S. in corporate restructurings and reorganization. She has extensive experience in commercial litigation assessment, particularly bankruptcy litigation, and has been the lead negotiator in numerous mediations. Clients include buyers (both strategic and financial) and sellers of assets, secured lenders, private equity funds, contract counterparties, landlords, trade creditors, debtors, statutory and plan trustees, official and ad hoc creditor committees and equity committees. Ms. Russell has been recognized for Corporate Restructuring by The Legal 500, by Chambers & Partners USA as a Leading Lawyer for Business, as one of The Best Lawyers in America and as a Texas Super Lawyer. She was elected a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy in 2011 and a member of the American Law Institute in 2007.
For over 20 years Ms. Russell has worked closely with the Texas Bankers Association to develop publications and programs to train bankers across the state. She is the principal instructor for the Texas Bankers Association on secured lending and loan documentation and authors their best selling books: Texas Secured Lending Guide, Texas Real Estate Lending Guide and Texas Problem Loan Guide. She has written and taught extensively in the areas of corporate governance, valuation, risk assessment, financial transactions and restructuring. She is a co-author of Oxford University Press’ Last Rights: Liquidating a Company in its Financial Management Association Survey and Syntheses Series, Understanding the Risks of Directing an Institution in Financial Distress, Chapter 5 of The Handbook for Directors of Financial Institutions and Maximizing Value Through Effective Economic Litigation Analysis. She is also the author of Thomson Reuters’ Texas Practice Guide: Financial Transactions and Texas Practice Guide: Creditors Rights.
Ms. Russell has been a long time supporter of inclusion and diversity and was instrumental in the development of Andrews Kurth’s policies to promote gender fairness and work life balance. She is a founding member of the firm’s Women’s Initiative Team and of the Center for Women in the Law at the University of Texas. Her leadership in this area has been recognized by the Profiles in Diversity Journal which named her a “Women Worth Watching” 2012 Award Winner and the National Diversity Counsel which in 2011 named her as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas.
Ms. Russell received her L.L.M. in Banking Law Studies from Boston University School of Law and her J.D., cum laude, from Baylor University School of Law where she was first in her class and Editor-in-Chief of the Baylor Law Review. She earned her B.S., magna cum laude, in International Trade from Texas Tech University where she received the Margaret Talkington Award of Excellence as the outstanding sorority woman on campus.