Robin Russell is the Deputy Managing Partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, a nationally recognized law firm. Prior to her appointment to that position in April 2018, she served as Managing Partner of the Houston office of Andrews Kurth LLP for seven years and co-chaired the firm’s national bankruptcy and restructuring practice for over 15 years.
Ms. Russell’s practice combines a depth of experience across a broad spectrum of capital finance transactions, including restructurings, asset-backed financings and distressed asset acquisition. She also has significant experience in bankruptcy adversary proceedings. Ms. Russell represents clients in the energy, financial services and hospitality industries throughout the US in in- and out-of-court corporate reorganization and provides strategic advice to corporate clients and special committees on the legal risks associated with counterparty insolvency and the structuring of corporate acquisitions to minimize economic risks in the event of a counterparty’s subsequent financial distress. Clients include debtors, independent directors, special committees, statutory and plan trustees, official and ad hoc creditor committees, secured lenders, DIP lenders, private equity funds, contract counterparties, landlords, trade creditors and buyers (both strategic and financial) and sellers of assets. Leading legal directories such as Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 US consistently rank Ms. Russell for her bankruptcy work.
Ms. Russell is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and restructuring issues, and has authored or co-authored eight books as well as numerous articles. For over 25 years, she has served as an author and professional trainer for the Texas Bankers Association (TBA), and is frequently called up to share her expertise in secured transactions, fraudulent transfer and valuation litigation, risk assessment, bankruptcy ethics and issues unique to energy company bankruptcies. In recognition of her role as a legal thought leader, in 2007 Ms. Russell was elected a member of the American Law Institute, the leading independent organization in the US producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law. To further its work, the Institute elects individuals who reflect the excellence and diversity of the legal profession selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. Its elected membership is limited to 3,000 attorneys nationwide. She is also a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Neutrals and is a frequent speaker on financial transactions, restructuring and energy-related topics.
Ms. Russell has been a longtime supporter of inclusion and diversity and was instrumental in the development of policies to promote gender fairness and work life balance at the Firm. She plays an active role in the Firm’s Women’s Mentoring Circle, an initiative that promotes the advancement and development of women in business through meaningful mentoring, educational and networking opportunities. Ms. Russell is also a founding member of the Center for Women in the Law at the University of Texas, an organization devoted to the success of women in law. Throughout her career, Ms. Russell has received numerous accolades from her peers and industry sources in recognition of both her involvement with the community and her bankruptcy work.
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.