J. Keith Russell

Partner

Houston
T +1.713.646.1369
F +1.713.751.1717

Overview

Keith Russell concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and general business litigation, with a focus on motor vehicle franchise litigation. As part of the manufacturer and dealer team, he has an appreciation for a collaborative approach to litigation. Keith often works with manufacturers in cases involving establishment of new dealerships, dealership relocations, terminations of dealerships and many other issues involving the manufacturer-dealer relationship.

Select Experience

  • Successful first-chair representation of an automobile manufacturer in protest by a dealer against the establishment of a new dealership, resulting in a unanimous decision in favor of the manufacturer. Responsible for all aspects of trial preparation and trial.
  • Successful second-chair representation of a construction equipment manufacturer in an arbitration proceeding to terminate the dealer agreement of a poor-performing dealership. Responsible for depositions, discovery, trial preparation, and examination and cross-examination of fact witnesses.
  • Represented an automobile manufacturer in class certification cases at trial court and on appeal. Heavily involved in extensive class certification and appellate briefings.
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Experience

  • Successful first-chair representation of an automobile manufacturer in protest by a dealer against the establishment of a new dealership, resulting in a unanimous decision in favor of the manufacturer. Responsible for all aspects of trial preparation and trial.
  • Successful second-chair representation of a construction equipment manufacturer in an arbitration proceeding to terminate the dealer agreement of a poor-performing dealership. Responsible for depositions, discovery, trial preparation, and examination and cross-examination of fact witnesses.
  • Represented an automobile manufacturer in class certification cases at trial court and on appeal. Heavily involved in extensive class certification and appellate briefings.

Recognitions and Memberships

Memberships

  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association: Dispute Resolution Committee Volunteer Mediator (2002 to 2006)

Community

  • Houston BBB Volunteer Mediator/Arbitrator (2003 to 2006)

Prior Positions

  • United States Army: Staff Sergeant (1986 to 1991)

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1999
  • Texas, 1998

Education

  • J.D., University of Houston Law Center, 1998; cum laude; Articles Editor and Member, Houston Journal of International Law
  • B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin, 1995