Deondrey Rashad Russ ...

Deondrey Rashad

Russell

Overview

Drey Russell, a 2022-2023 National Bar Association Associate Advancement Academy of Excellence Fellow, focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and product liability litigation related to allegations of product defect. Drey takes pride in learning about his client’s history, products, and processes to build real relationships while providing excellent service and effective representation.

He has experience representing a diverse range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, political entities, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. He also has experience serving as trial and appellate counsel, successfully defending his client in a case of first impression up to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

In addition, Drey has an intentional pro bono practice. He has been spotlighted for his pro bono efforts since law school and was recognized for donating the most pro bono hours firmwide in 2022. Drey’s recent pro bono efforts resulted in reuniting a mother with her child, dismissing all criminal charges filed against a reformed felon during his preliminary hearing, and defending an inmate’s constitutional rights.

Experience

  • Product Liability Dispute: Representation of a medical device manufacturer before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against personal injury claims resulting in a dismissal with prejudice of a multi-plaintiff complaint.

  • Product Liability Dispute: Representation of medical device manufacturer before New York State Supreme Court against personal injury claims resulting in the court dismissing plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice as time barred.

  • Commercial Dispute: Representation of forestry machinery manufacturer before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi against breach of warranty and defective product allegations resulting in a favorable settlement.

  • Mayoral Election Challenge: Representation of a mayor in a case of first impression before the Mississippi Supreme Court which resulted in the mayor’s election to office. Meredith v. Clarksdale Democratic Exec. Comm., 340 So. 3d 315 (Miss. 2022).

  • Election Law Challenge: Representation of city’s election commission before state trial court against constitutional challenges of State election laws resulting in dismissal with prejudice.

  • Mississippi Redistricting: Representation of the Mississippi Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment & Redistricting in establishing redistricting plan.

  • Privacy Rights Dispute: Representation of commercial client before state chancery court preventing disclosure of proprietary information.

  • Wrongful Death Dispute: Representation of private individuals before state trial court against wrongful death allegations resulting in the court dismissing plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice as time barred.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of mother in custody dispute resulting in a favorable custody order.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of two-time felon criminal defendant against felonious allegations resulting in the dismissal of all charges at preliminary hearing.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of inmate serving life without the possibility of parole for a crime committed when he was fifteen years old resulting in obtaining a resentencing hearing.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of private individual suing for the negligent repair of vehicle resulting in favorable settlement.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of multiple private individuals seeking expungements resulting in multiple felonies and misdemeanor being removed from records.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of a low-income homeowner’s association in connection with governing legal documents and premises liability vulnerabilities.

Distinctions

  • National Bar Association Associate Advancement Academy for Excellence, Fellow, 2022-2023
  • 2022 Butler Snow Pro Bono Champion
  • Recognized for contributing the most pro bono hours firmwide in 2022

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2020
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2020
    • Director of Professional Development, Black Law Students Association
    • Charter Law Chair, Interprofessional Education Board
    • Development Officer, Mississippi Law Journal (Vol. 89)
    • Recipient, Best Staff Editor Award, Mississippi Law Journal (Vol. 88)
    • Member, University of Mississippi Moot Court Board
    • Finalist, Copeland, Cook, Taylor, & Bush Moot Court Competition
    • Member, Dean’s Leadership Council
    • Senator, Student Bar Association
    • Tollison Scholar
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Business Administration, 2017
    • President, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity
    • Chairman, Business Student Advisory Council 
    • Member, Corporate Leadership Development Program
    • Alumni, LeaderShape Institute 
  • Clerkship, Morningside Think Tank, 2020
  • Clerkship, Honorable Sean J. Tindell, Mississippi Court of Appeals, 2020
  • Clerkship, Lafayette County Public Defender, 2018

Associations

  • National Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Papers, Presentations & Publications

  • Moderator, "Diversity Real Talk: Words From Our Clients," Butler Snow Executive Program, April 15, 2022.
  • Author, "Back to Gumbo Basics: The Least Y'all Could Do is Lay the Foundation(s)," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2022.
  • Speaker, "Celebrating Black History Month," Butler Snow D&I Committee Program, February 22, 2022.
  • Speaker, "Quo Vadis: Protecting Our Culture," Butler Snow Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Litigation Group Meeting, February 22, 2022.

Deondrey Rashad

Russell

Overview

Drey Russell, a 2022-2023 National Bar Association Associate Advancement Academy of Excellence Fellow, focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and product liability litigation related to allegations of product defect. Drey takes pride in learning about his client’s history, products, and processes to build real relationships while providing excellent service and effective representation.

He has experience representing a diverse range of clients, including Fortune 100 companies, political entities, small and medium-sized businesses, and private individuals. He also has experience serving as trial and appellate counsel, successfully defending his client in a case of first impression up to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

In addition, Drey has an intentional pro bono practice. He has been spotlighted for his pro bono efforts since law school and was recognized for donating the most pro bono hours firmwide in 2022. Drey’s recent pro bono efforts resulted in reuniting a mother with her child, dismissing all criminal charges filed against a reformed felon during his preliminary hearing, and defending an inmate’s constitutional rights.

Experience

  • Product Liability Dispute: Representation of a medical device manufacturer before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York against personal injury claims resulting in a dismissal with prejudice of a multi-plaintiff complaint.

  • Product Liability Dispute: Representation of medical device manufacturer before New York State Supreme Court against personal injury claims resulting in the court dismissing plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice as time barred.

  • Commercial Dispute: Representation of forestry machinery manufacturer before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi against breach of warranty and defective product allegations resulting in a favorable settlement.

  • Mayoral Election Challenge: Representation of a mayor in a case of first impression before the Mississippi Supreme Court which resulted in the mayor’s election to office. Meredith v. Clarksdale Democratic Exec. Comm., 340 So. 3d 315 (Miss. 2022).

  • Election Law Challenge: Representation of city’s election commission before state trial court against constitutional challenges of State election laws resulting in dismissal with prejudice.

  • Mississippi Redistricting: Representation of the Mississippi Standing Joint Legislative Committee on Reapportionment & Redistricting in establishing redistricting plan.

  • Privacy Rights Dispute: Representation of commercial client before state chancery court preventing disclosure of proprietary information.

  • Wrongful Death Dispute: Representation of private individuals before state trial court against wrongful death allegations resulting in the court dismissing plaintiff’s complaint with prejudice as time barred.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of mother in custody dispute resulting in a favorable custody order.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of two-time felon criminal defendant against felonious allegations resulting in the dismissal of all charges at preliminary hearing.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of inmate serving life without the possibility of parole for a crime committed when he was fifteen years old resulting in obtaining a resentencing hearing.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of private individual suing for the negligent repair of vehicle resulting in favorable settlement.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of multiple private individuals seeking expungements resulting in multiple felonies and misdemeanor being removed from records.

  • Pro Bono: Representation of a low-income homeowner’s association in connection with governing legal documents and premises liability vulnerabilities.

Distinctions

  • National Bar Association Associate Advancement Academy for Excellence, Fellow, 2022-2023
  • 2022 Butler Snow Pro Bono Champion
  • Recognized for contributing the most pro bono hours firmwide in 2022

Bar Admissions

  • Mississippi, 2020
  • U.S. District Courts
    • Mississippi: Northern, Southern
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2020
    • Director of Professional Development, Black Law Students Association
    • Charter Law Chair, Interprofessional Education Board
    • Development Officer, Mississippi Law Journal (Vol. 89)
    • Recipient, Best Staff Editor Award, Mississippi Law Journal (Vol. 88)
    • Member, University of Mississippi Moot Court Board
    • Finalist, Copeland, Cook, Taylor, & Bush Moot Court Competition
    • Member, Dean’s Leadership Council
    • Senator, Student Bar Association
    • Tollison Scholar
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Business Administration, 2017
    • President, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity
    • Chairman, Business Student Advisory Council 
    • Member, Corporate Leadership Development Program
    • Alumni, LeaderShape Institute 
  • Clerkship, Morningside Think Tank, 2020
  • Clerkship, Honorable Sean J. Tindell, Mississippi Court of Appeals, 2020
  • Clerkship, Lafayette County Public Defender, 2018

Associations

  • National Bar Association
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • Capital Area Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)

Papers, Presentations & Publications

  • Moderator, "Diversity Real Talk: Words From Our Clients," Butler Snow Executive Program, April 15, 2022.
  • Author, "Back to Gumbo Basics: The Least Y'all Could Do is Lay the Foundation(s)," Pro Te: Solutio, Vol. 15, No. 1, March 2022.
  • Speaker, "Celebrating Black History Month," Butler Snow D&I Committee Program, February 22, 2022.
  • Speaker, "Quo Vadis: Protecting Our Culture," Butler Snow Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Litigation Group Meeting, February 22, 2022.