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Russell J. Rutherford

Partner in Charge, Birmingham

I view myself as both a legal advisor and a business advisor. For me, it’s not necessarily about how we win on a specific issue or even a case – it’s about advancing our client’s business. I try to help our clients see the entire picture and focus on their ultimate objectives. I’m always looking for win-win-win situations.

Russell Rutherford advises clients in commercial litigation, bankruptcy and government relations matters in Alabama and Washington, D.C. In his litigation practice, he counsels clients on a full range of commercial disputes, including traditional types of disputes as well as more complex litigation. His clients include companies in the financial services, insurance, housing, construction, health care and other sectors. Russell has taken cases to trial in both state and federal court and has handled appeals. He has also employed alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, on behalf of clients.

Russell advises on bankruptcy matters under Chapters 7, 11, and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code and provides counsel on loan workouts involving distressed assets.

In his government relations practice, Russell advises clients on regulatory matters, with a focus on health care issues including Certificate of Need proceedings.

When I joined Adams and Reese as an associate, my bosses told me I would hit live pitching right away. I immediately started appearing in court and taking depositions and, since then, I’ve been lead lawyer on a wide variety of matters. All that experience enables me to deliver noteworthy value for my clients.


  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2011
  • University of Mississippi, B.A., 2008

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama

Community Involvement

Russell is also deeply involved in numerous philanthropic efforts and community engagements. He serves on the St. Vincent’s Foundation Junior Advisory Board (as past Chair) and is a past member of the Red Mountain Park Junior Board of Directors.

He has volunteered with the Birmingham Volunteer Lawyers Program, Project H.E.L.P., Project Homeless Connect, the pro bono program administered by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, and Habitat for Humanity.

Russell was a member of Project Corporate Leadership’s Class of 2017.


  • "Birmingham's Rising Legal Stars" - Birmingham Business Journal, 2015
  • Alabama Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) General Litigation 2015-2018

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Russell serves on the Executive Committee for the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Birmingham Bar Association.