Biography

Russ Brown

Russ is a co-founder of Brown Fox and acts as the Firm’s Managing Partner. He is a three-time Texas Super Lawyer, an eight-time Texas “Rising Star” and D Magazine honored him as one of Dallas’ “Best Lawyers Under 40.” In 2015, Russ was honored by the Dallas Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list of rising stars in Dallas business. Russ is a founding partner of the Firm.

Russ represents and counsels national and global employers, Dallas and Texas based companies, and individuals in professional employment negotiations or disputes. Russ’s representative clients at Brown Fox include:

  • Public and private companies;
  • Dallas and Texas based businesses;
  • European corporations with U.S. operations;
  • Startups and emerging companies;
  • Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), Chief Marketing Officers (CMOs), Chief Financial Officers (CFOs), Certified Public Accountants (CPAs), General Counsel (GCs), professors, private school administrators and leadership, physicians, business partners, sales employees, pastors, city attorneys, engineers, and inventors.

Experience

Russ’s employment litigation experience includes:

  • Discrimination claims based upon age, disability, gender, national origin, race, and religion;
  • Workplace harassment;
  • Wrongful discharge;
  • Retaliation;
  • Whistleblower claims;
  • Restrictive covenants, including non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets;
  • Wage and hour disputes under the Fair Labor Standards Act;
  • Commissions and bonus disputes;
  • Trade secret litigation;
  • Breach of employment agreements;
  • Claims under Family Medical Leave Act;
  • Unemployment claims; and
  • Employment torts.

Russ also specializes in employment litigation avoidance, counseling employers regarding:

  • Human resource documentation issues;
  • Personnel decisions, including employee discipline and discharge determinations;
  • Employment agreement negotiations;
  • Wage and hour compliance;
  • I-9 issues;
  • Employment policy audits;
  • Workplace investigations including acting as independent investigator;
  • Development of practical and cost-effective employment policies and handbooks; and
  • Analysis and preparation of various employment and independent contractor agreements.

His representation of executives and professionals in employment matters includes:

  • Noncompete and restrictive covenant litigation;
  • Disputes regarding trade secrets and confidential information;
  • Disputes regarding payment of commissions, incentives, and bonuses;
  • Employment negotiations and transitions in employment, including matters involving salaries and benefits, noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation agreements, non-recruitment agreements, and wrongful discharge.

Corporations also regularly hire Russ to perform independent investigations of employment disputes.

While Russ’s practice is focused on labor and employment matters, he also counsels clients in matters involving business and commercial litigation and specific legal issues in the transportation and logistics industry. With experience spanning from preventative counseling to bet-the-company litigation, Russ is positioned to efficiently and effectively confront and resolve his clients’ legal issues.

Admissions

  • Texas (2002)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (2007)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas (2002)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas (2004)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas (2004)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas (2004)

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Employment Law Committee

Education

Russ earned his B.A. from the University of Arizona, double-majoring in Political Science and Sociology, while playing baseball for the Wildcats. He coached a year of high school baseball at his alma mater before returning to Texas to attend St. Mary’s University School of Law.

At St. Mary’s, Russ was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity and a recipient of the Dean’s Leadership Award. Russ served as a staff writer and later as a member of the Editorial Board of the St. Mary’s Law Journal. He wrote a legal commentary during his second year of law school entitled, “Class Dismissed: The Conservative Class Action Revolution of the Texas Supreme Court”, which courts and legal publications across the country cited. Russ also served as a judicial intern for Justice Alma Lopez of the Fourth Court of Appeals in San Antonio and studied abroad at the University of Innsbruck in Austria (which included studying under the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist).

  • St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D. 2002
  • Comment Editor, St. Mary’s Law Journal
  • Author, Class Dismissed: The Conservative Class Action Revolution of the Texas Supreme Court, 32 St. Mary’s L.J. 449 (2001)
  • Dean’s Leadership Award
  • Phi Delta Phi (Legal Honors Fraternity)
  • University of Arizona, B.A. 1998
  • Member of the Arizona Wildcat Baseball Team & Baseball Letterman

Honors

  • 40 Under 40, Dallas Business Journal (2015) – View Article (PDF)
  • Texas Super Lawyer, Texas Monthly & Super Lawyers (2014, 2015, 2016)
  • Texas Rising Star, Texas Monthly & Super Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009,
    2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • Best Lawyers Under 40, D Magazine (2006)
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In the Community

Russ’s passion for zealously representing his clients also is demonstrated in his work on local and global justice issues and ministry, and local charitable needs. Russ dedicates a portion of his practice to local and international justice matters, (e.g., access to counsel; combatting corruption, bribery, and bonded slavery), and has trained colleagues in the Democratic Republic of Congo and India on issues such as witness preparation, conflict resolution, and leadership.

  • Panelist, Created for Good Works: Attorneys Seeking Justice in Our City and Beyond, Advocates for Community Transformation/Christian Legal Society (2016).
  • Leads Dallas Justice, a legal ministry of lawyers throughout Dallas who serve various local and international ministries and pro bono needs.
  • Watermark Justice
  • Benefit Chair, International Justice Mission (IJM) Dallas Benefit Dinner (2016)
  • Executive Committee, International Justice Mission (IJM) Dallas Benefit Dinner (2013 – Current).
  • Provides pro bono legal counseling to Advocates for Community Transformation (ACT), which works to promote safety in inner-city neighborhoods by shutting down nuisance properties, including abandoned and dangerous properties used for prostitution and selling illegal drugs.
  • Provides pro bono legal counseling to African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM).
  • Provides pro bono legal counseling to Second Saturday, which focuses on assisting the senior, low-income and/or disabled homeowner residing in West Dallas.
  • Advisory Board, the Akola Project (2015 – 2016).
  • Life Fellow, DAYL Foundation.
  • Recruitment Board Founding Member, Executives Board for the 2011 Children’s Medical Center Red Balloon Run & Relay (2011).
  • Worked with ALARM and Congolese attorneys on justice issues, conflict resolution, and leadership in Goma, Democratic
    Republic of Congo (2010) and Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (2011).
  • Provided pro bono legal assistance at the first ACT West Dallas will clinic (2009).
  • Trained IJM attorneys, gathered first-hand accounts of IJM successes, and spent time with former bonded slaves and rehabilitated victims of sexual violence in Karnataka, India (2008).
  • Co-founded the Dallas Chapter of the St. Mary’s University School of Law Alumni Association, the first local chapter in the law school’s 85 year history (2004). Several local chapters now thrive in Texas and states as far as Hawaii.

Personal

A Lubbock native raised in Tucson, Arizona, Russ lives in Dallas with his wife, Renée, and children Luke, Garrett, and Evelyn. The family also has a 12-year old mutt, Bella. Russ enjoys fly fishing, fishing with his boys and regularly coaches their various athletic teams. As a sports fan, he bleeds the colors of the Arizona Wildcats, Texas Rangers, and Dallas Cowboys. Russ and Renée are members of Watermark Community Church.