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David M. Russell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Amarillo, TX

Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP
320 South Polk, Suite 1000
Amarillo, TX 79101
Phone: 806-324-0324
Fax: 806-379-8568
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2010, 2014, 2017 - 2022
Licensed in Texas Since: 1987
Education: Baylor Law School
Practice Areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, General Litigation, Estate & Trust Litigation, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney David M. Russell is a partner with the Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, LLP, in Amarillo, Texas. Board-certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Mr. Russell has more than 34 years of legal experience, and he devotes his practice to delivering the highest level of advocacy and support to clients throughout the Texas panhandle who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from defective products, automobile and aviation accidents, medical malpractice and other preventable tragedies

· Commercial litigation

· Tort litigation

· Partnership and contract disputes

· Probate and trust litigation

· Fiduciary litigation

· Eminent domain and condemnation

· Mediation and arbitration

Although a very effective and successful trial lawyer, Mr. Russell provides invaluable mediation services for other attorneys to assist them with helping their clients resolve their disputes and come to terms on settlements without the need for expensive and time-consuming court battles. Since 2000, he has handled hundreds of mediations, and he feels that his primary role as a lawyer should be to help facilitate orderly and efficient resolutions to conflict in as amicable a fashion as possible.

Nationally recognized for his exemplary professionalism and outstanding service, Mr. Russell holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he received the 1994-1995 Attorney of the Year award from the Texas Panhandle Association of Legal Assistants. He has also earned top attorney designations from his peers along with an appointment as Fellow with the Texas Bar Foundation.

A 1982 magna cum laude graduate of Baylor University, Mr. Russell obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from Baylor Law School in 1987. While studying, he was an active member of the Mock Trial Team, and he graduated as a member of the Baylor Order of Barristers. He holds his license to practice before all Texas state courts as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Mr. Russell is the former Director of the Amarillo Bar Association, and he is an active member of the State Bar of Texas and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%General Litigation
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Arbitration, Mediation, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Personal Injury - Defense, Litigation, Will Contests, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2007 - 2010, 2014, 2017 - 2022

About David M. Russell

First Admitted: 1987, Texas

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Educational Background

  • BA in Religion, 1982, Baylor University, magna cum laude; MA in Philosophy, 2000, Juris Doctor from Baylor Law School, 1987, cum laude


  • Named as Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine in Personal Injury Litigation, and Civil Litigation
  • Fellow: Texas Bar Foundation
  • Selected Attorney of the Year 1994-1995 by Texas Panhandle Association of Legal Assistants
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
  • AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Director: Legal Aid of Northwest Texas

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Association of Attorney Mediators, 2021
  • Director: Amarillo Area Bar Association, 2000-2002
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts, Northern District of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2012
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Office Location for David M. Russell

320 South Polk
Suite 1000
Amarillo, TX 79101

Phone: 806-324-0324

Fax: 806-379-8568

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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