Top Attorney - Orange County - 2015
Russell | Lazarus
Law Offices of Russell & Lazarus, Personal Injury Attorneys
1401 Dove St #310
CHRISTOPHER RUSSELL HAS EXCLUSIVELY handled personal injury claims for 31 years and is the managing attorney at Newport Beach-based personal injury firm Russell & Lazarus, which he founded in 1998 with one employee. Today, the firm employs 18 people in two California offices.
Russell coached high school football to put himself through college and law school. He lives his life by the Golden Rule words of former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz: "Do right by people at all times, do everything to the best of your ability, and show people you care."
Russell's ability to relate well to those he meets stems from being one of six children of a well-traveled Army sergeant. Chris has lived abroad in Germany and elsewhere, constantly learning how to make new friends quickly. Being the son of a hard-working military man has translated to his personal injury practice, where Russell and his team have resolved by verdict or settlement more than 6,000 claims totaling over $200,000,000, ranging up to $16.2
million. Those claims included injuries caused by automobile/motorcycle/big rig accidents, industrial/workplace accidents, defective products, dangerous premises accidents and substandard medical care.
That track record is the product of providing great service and excellent communication.
Russell knows the problem most people have with attorneys is lack of communicationÑbut at Russell & Lazarus, any client can speak directly to Russell at any time or make an after-hours phone appointment if he is in court.
Russell loves the David and Goliath conflict that pits his team against companies and corporations who do not want to be held accountable for their acts which harm consumers. According to Russell, although there are companies that do step up and take responsibility for their actions, someÑespecially in the Insurance IndustryÑdo not, and that is when Russell and his team step in. With their aggressive style of litigation which emphasizes smart, diligent and hard work, Russell and his team are able to obtain consistent, significant results (a 95% success rate).
Orange County is where Russell, along with his wife of 33 years, Helene, have raised their four, now-grown daughters, with all five being the loves of his life. RussellÕs commitment to his community is reflected in sponsorships of several local charities. They include: the Safer 3 Water Safety Foundation, American Cancer SocietyÕs Relay for Life, in honor of a deceased client whose doctor failed to diagnose her ovarian cancer, and the annual Sarah DeMille 5K race, in honor of RussellÕs daughterÕs high school running mate who was tragically killed in a car accident.
Russell is also active in the legal community as a member of all four local, state, and national trial attorney associations, and is on the Board of Governors for the Los Angeles Trial Attorneys Charities. Says Russell, "We want to serve clients in a genuine way and build relationships with people. Giving our clients great service and responding to their needs is not only the right way to run a business, but it is also the right way to treat people."