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   3Russell K. ScottBelleville(618) 257-7308rks@greensfelder.comrks@greensfelder.comGreensfelder Hemker & Gale PCwww.greensfelder.comwww.greensfelder.comscottruss.jpgClass Action/Mass Tort Defense LawCommercial LitigationPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralProducts Liability Defense LawADR Law: Personal Injury
Russell K.
Greensfelder Hemker & Gale PC
12 Wolf Creek Dr Ste 100
Belleville IL 62226
Ph.(618) 257-7308 Fx.(618) 257-7353
Recommended by peers in:
Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law
Commercial Litigation
Personal Injury Defense Law: General
Products Liability Defense Law
ADR Law: Personal Injury
Advisory Board Member
County:  St. Clair
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Russell Scott frequently defends clients in federal court, in particular the Southern District of Illinois. From his first day at the firm - when he picked up a major pharmaceutical class action case before he had even unpacked - Russell has built a practice committed to the defense of claims including class action, civil RICO suits and toxic and mass tort litigation. His work also has included product liability, industrial accident cases, premises liability, construction, insurance coverage, and legal and medical malpractice suits.

Russell’s national class action cases have involved automotive parts, pharmaceuticals, fuel additives, herbicides, consumer products, computer processors and financial and insurance transactions. He often represents national clients as local counsel and managed litigation on a nationwide basis for a manufacturer for several years.

A history of professional and community involvement has kept Russell - who is a member of Greensfelder's Board of Directors and the leader of the firm's Belleville office - at the forefront of the region’s legal community, with leadership roles in local, state and national organizations. For the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, he served as chair of the Local Rules Committee and vice chair of the Civil Justice Reform Committee.

As a certified mediator, Russell mediates and arbitrates personal injury, professional liability, insurance, commercial and construction disputes and is on the mediation and arbitration panel for the United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest office.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court

Year of Birth:  1949

Law School:  Washington University School of Law, J.D., 1974
Law School Honors/Involvement:  Washington University Law Review, 1972

Undergraduate School:  Earlham College, A.B., 1971

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Litigation Counsel of America, fellow
  • International Academy of Dispute Resolution, board member
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly member
    • Former Board of Governors member
  • The Missouri Bar
  • East St. Louis Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, former president
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • National Legal Aid and Defenders Association
  • Federal Bar Association of Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • American Bar Foundation, life fellow
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee
  • Pillar of the Profession of the Illinois Bar Foundation
  • United States Arbitration and Mediation, Inc., Certified Mediator
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Scottish Law Society
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, board member
  • Illinois Supreme Court Select Committee on Pro Bono Publico, former chair
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, past president
  • Academy of Illinois Lawyers

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers, Civil Appellate Law
  • Call for Help, Pillar of Hope Awards, Outstanding Community Leader, 2014
  • Pillar of the Profession of the Illinois Bar Foundation, Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award, 2011
  • 2012 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit.
  • 2001 Richard Hudlin Award for Public Service of the St. Clair County Bar Association
  • 1995 John McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award of the Illinois State Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, rated for more than 25 consecutive years

Community Involvement:  
  • BackStoppers of St. Louis
  • Racial Harmony
  • City of Belleville, Illinois, Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, Chairman

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