Biography

Russell Taylor’s civil practice is focused on antitrust and consumer class actions. Russell also has diverse experience representing clients in federal criminal actions.

During law school, Russell briefed and argued a civil rights appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit with Duke Law’s Appellate Litigation Clinic. The appeal involved claims under the First Amendment’s Petition and Free Exercise Clauses as well as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Among the issues are whether an inmate’s oral grievance is protected expression under the Petition Clause, whether a Bivens action for damages may be implied under the Free Exercise Clause, and the scope of the RFRA. Russell’s team prevailed, and the court “applaud[ed] Russell for his impressive performance representing [his client] at oral argument.” Mack v. Warden, 839 F.3d 286, 294 n.28 (3d Cir. 2016). Separately, Russell also argued and won a critical hearing in federal district court in a criminal case on behalf an indigent client.

Distinctions

  • Dean’s Award for Constitutional Law for Fall 2013
  • Dean’s Award for Administrative Law for Spring 2015
  • Duke School of Law Advocacy Award for the Class of 2016