Russ was one of the Firm's original founding partners, and he was a driving force in the Firm’s early success. In 1988, Russ was hired to represent billionaire Nelson Bunker Hunt in one of the largest personal bankruptcy cases in U.S. history. This monumental case marked just the beginning of Russ’s career and served as a key turning point for our young Firm. As his reputation grew, he went on to serve as counsel in a number of high-profile bankruptcy cases, including Enron Corporation, Coho Energy Corporation, Northwest Airlines, Dow Corning Corporation, The Southland Corporation and Columbia Gas Transmission Company, to name a few.
Russ grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas, where he started on the high school football team. He went on to graduate magna cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin and cum laude from the University of Houston Law Center.
By far the most important aspect of Russ’s life was his family. He was a loving husband to his high school sweetheart, Sheri, and father to his beloved daughter, Rachel. Russ will be missed greatly by all those who had the honor of knowing him.
Donations in honor of Russ can be made in his name to the American Cancer Society (ovarian cancer research) or to The First Tee of Greater Austin (Russ Munsch Scholarship Fund).