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David R. Russell

313 South Washington Square
Lansing, MI 48933-2114
T 517.371.8150
F 517.367.7150


As the former owner of several successful companies, David Russell’s business acumen helps inform his legal counsel. Through his entrepreneurial experience, Dave gained first-hand knowledge of the legal, strategic and operational challenges – and opportunities – his business clients face. This allows him to take a proactive approach to the law and help clients to spot and resolve issues before they become problems.

Dave joined Foster Swift after gaining corporate and commercial litigation experience at two smaller mid-Michigan law firms. He is a former Co-Vice President of the firm's Lansing office, a former co-leader of the General Litigation Practice Group, and his practice serves a wide-range of client needs, including in the areas of commercial litigation, business law, real estate law, sports and entertainment law, liquor licensing and probate and estate litigation.

He is always eager to share his legal and practical business knowledge with future business owners and has enjoyed teaching Business Law at Northwood University for the last several years.

Honors & Recognitions

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Michigan Lawyers Weekly, 'Go To Lawyer' Business Litigation, 2023

Best Lawyers in America® 2020-2024 (Commercial Litigation)

Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2008, 2010-2015


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • State Bar of Florida
  • Ingham County Bar Association
Community Involvement:
  • Habitat for Humanity of Lansing, Board of Directors
  • Homeless No More, Committee Member
  • Northwood University, Instructor



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Michigan State University College of Law, J.D., 2005

Central Michigan University, B.S., 1995

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