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Russell honored by peers

Published: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 12:27 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Law Bulletin Publishing Co. and its Leading Lawyers Division announced that Robert F. Russell of the law firm of Russell English Scoma & Beneke PC of Princeton has been named by his peers to its list of the Top 5 percent of the more than 94,000 lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.

Russell practices primarily in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, zoning, representation of local governments, estate planning and probate. He is the third generation of Russells to practice in the city of Princeton, and recently he has been joined by his son, Drew.

He is a graduate of Stanford University and of the University of Illinois College of Law.Russell has been a member of several bar associations in Illinois, including the Illinois State Bar Association, where he has served on the Real Estate Section Council and the Education Law Section Council. Also, he has been a member of the board of directors of the Attorneys’ Title Guarantee Fund since 1995, serving as its chairman from 2010 to 2013.

Law Bulletin Publishing Co., through its Leading Lawyers division, conducted a statewide survey of Illinois lawyers asking them, “If you couldn’t take a case in your area of law, to whom would you refer a family member or friend?” Only those lawyers most often recommended by their peers in one of 100 areas of law and then approved by Leading Lawyers’ 400-member advisory board achieve the distinction of being a Leading Lawyer. Lawyers cannot nominate themselves or lawyers at their own firm. The rigorous research methodology eliminates the possibility of lawyers being selected through a popularity contest.

“This is a very strong list of the state’s top lawyers,” said Scott Anderson, director of Leading Lawyers and publisher of Leading Lawyers Magazine.

Russell was selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in four areas of law: Governmental, municipal, lobbying and administrative law; real estate law: commercial; real estate law, residential, and trust; will and estate planning law.

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