Robin Russell

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Robin Russell is the Deputy Managing Partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Prior to her appointment to her position in April 2018, she served as Managing Partner of the Houston office of Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP for seven years and co-chaired the firm's national bankruptcy and restructuring practice for over 15 years. Her practice combines a depth of experience across a broad spectrum of capital finance transactions, including restructurings, asset-backed financings and distressed asset acquisitions. She also has significant experience in bankruptcy adversary proceedings. She represents clients throughout the U.S. in both in- and out-of-court corporate reorganization and provides strategic advice to corporate and independent clients on the legal risks associated with counterparty insolvency and structuring of corporate acquisitions to minimize economic risk. Clients include debtors, independent directors, special committees, statutory and plan trustees, official and ad hoc creditor committees, secured lenders, DIP lenders, private equity funds, contract counterparties, landlords, trade creditors and buyers (both strategic and financial) and sellers of assets. She has been involved in over 100 bankruptcy-related adversary proceedings.

Robin has been on numerous firm committees and has served with Hunton Andrews Kurth for over 30 years. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Neutrals. Robin has been both a consulting and testifying expert witness on customary practices and on financial institution insurance coverage. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for the Supreme Court of Texas.

Cited as a leading lawyer in her field of law by numerous legal and trade publications, Robin is listed as one of Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Bankruptcy Restructuring; among The Best Lawyers in America® and a Texas Monthly “Super Lawyer.” She is recognized as an Acritas star for outstanding performance and one of the Top 100 Restructuring & Turnaround Professionals by the Global M&A Network. In 2017, she received the Dan Rugeley Price Memorial Award from the Texas Bar Foundation. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2007 and in 2011 was named by the National Diversity Counsel as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas. She served on the 2011 Fifth Circuit’s Merit Selection panel for a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas.

Robin has been in the news in an array of publications, such as Law360, Texas Lawyer, American Banker, Super Lawyers Magazine, the Houston Business Journal, and many more.

Robin is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and other financial topics. She is the co-author of Texas Practice Guide: Creditors’ Rights” (Thomson Reuters), Understanding the Risks of Directing an Institution in Financial Distress (Chapter 5, Handbook for Directors of Financial Institutions, Edward Elgar Publishing), and Maximizing Estate Value Through Effective Economic Litigation Analysis (Norton’s 1998 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law at 21, The West Group). She is the author of Texas Practice Guide: Financial Transactions (Volumes 2 and 3) Thomson Reuters, Texas Secured Lending Guide (Texas Bankers’ Association in 20th edition), Texas Problem Loan Guide (Texas Bankers’ Association in 2nd edition), Texas Real Estate Lending Guide (Texas Bankers’ Association in 3rd edition), Disclosure to Investors Regarding Financial Distress (Straightline), The Texas Account Documentation Guide (Texas Bankers Association), A Survey of Sanctions in Bankruptcy Courts: The Fifth Circuit and Beyond (55 South Texas Law Review 583), and numerous other legal articles and books.

Robin is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and the Texas Bar Foundation and is involved in numerous other charitable organizations including her church and her children’s schools.

Robin has been with the firm for 30 years, where she has served on numerous firm committees. She is a member of the American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Neutrals. Robin has been both a consulting and testifying expert witness on customary practices in loan documentation and restructuring and on financial institution insurance coverage. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for the Supreme Court of Texas.

Ms. Russell is married and has two children.