September 27, 2023 | John D. Russell has become a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

The induction ceremony, at which John became a Fellow, took place recently before an audience of approximately 550 during the recent Annual Meeting of the College in San Diego, California.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and following a careful investigation to those experienced trial lawyers of diverse backgrounds who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years of trial experience before being considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed 1% of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,800 members in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction), and Honorary Fellows. The College maintains and seeks to improve the standards of trial practice, professionalism, ethics, and the administration of justice through education and public statements on independence of the judiciary, trial by jury, respect for the rule of law, access to justice, and fair and just representation of all parties to legal proceedings. Thus, the College is able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice.

John is a Shareholder at GableGotwals, and is an experienced commercial litigator who has handled civil and criminal cases across multiple industry sectors and has represented clients before trial and appellate courts, as well as federal and state regulatory agencies. He is a former federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Oklahoma and a former Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. John is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

“We are extremely proud of John and his accomplishments,” said GableGotwals CEO John Dale. “This recognition demonstrates John’s excellent client service, integrity, and professionalism. He also joins four other GableGotwals attorneys admitted as a Fellow to the American College of Trial Lawyers: Jennifer Annis, David Bryant, Sidney Dunagan, and Robert McCampbell.”

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