About Us

Elaine M. Russell primarily works with small and medium sized business owners, including family-owned businesses, helping with creation and growth of the business while also assisting owners with their individual legal needs. She advises you in all cycles of business including creation of business contracts, review of agreements, protection from liability as well as strategy for future growth and succession, reorganization and avoiding litigation.

A lawyer with 23 years of corporate and litigation experience Elaine provides options for meeting your business goals as your business grows and changes due to shifts in the industry, legal issues, financial health of the company, or personal issues such as marriage, illness, divorce inheritances and estate planning.  When these situations arise, Elaine provides legal solutions and acts as your outside general counsel.

What does Outside General Counsel mean?

An outside general counsel is a lawyer called upon on an “as needed” basis who has familiarity with your business practices, key stakeholders and your industry.  This trusted advisor is also skilled in many areas of the law and will review policies and assist you in making adjustments with compliance or other legal issues which arise while the Chief Operating Officer is running the company, while the President is managing and growing revenues and the Chief Financial officer is financial planning, record-keeping and reporting.

What you receive from Elaine M. Russell, PC…

A trusted legal advisor who possesses skill for seeing details and the “big picture” coupled with the ability to produce the necessary legal documents for you and your business.

Elaine’s legal experience:  the last 18 years to date focuses on corporate and business law. Prior to building a corporate law practice, Elaine gained valuable experience as in-house counsel for a waste management company where she facilitated the company’s acquisition by a publically traded company.  Prior to working with an extraordinary entrepreneur and his team, Elaine litigated in federal and state courts with a medium size law firm.

Elaine’s current practice focuses on business transactions ranging from corporate formation (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships) to corporate reorganizations, business succession, contract negotiation and drafting, acquisitions and mergers and certain levels of estate planning which are important to the individuals running these companies.

What you seek from legal counsel…

A dedicated lawyer committed to you, your business, relevant legal issues to your industry, and your individual legal needs for a reasonable fee.

What you retain from Elaine M. Russell, PC…

A committed, competent team who you may contact for many legal and business issues and who becomes your outside general counsel for many of your legal needs as your business changes and goes through cycles.

The Extras…

Your lawyer:  (i) acting as outside General Counsel for small business, helping business people maneuver through contract negotiation and drafting, aid in succession planning, overcoming legal hurdles by providing cogent, practical and cost efficient legal advice as it relates to you and your business; and (ii) connecting you with other needed professionals including accountants, investment advisors, other attorneys, bankers, and business valuations experts.

As a trusted advisor, clients also seek advice related to their personal and family estates which are handled on a case by case basis.

Member:

  • State Bar of Georgia – Business Section
  • State Bar of Virginia
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • GAWL – Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Board of Directors – Atlanta Lab Rescue, Inc. – a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Georgia corporation

Education:

  • Juris Doctor, Walter F. George School of Law – Mercer University
  • Bachelor of Science – Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

 

**Elaine is an avid yoga practitioner, hiker, black diamond skier, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra supporter, and dog lover.  Elaine M. Russell is also the founder of www.lawspacematch.com, a web site created exclusively for attorneys desiring to share law office space with other attorneys.   A quick and efficient way for attorneys to find legal office space begins with free legal space sharing listings by law firms wanting to sublease or share law office space to attorneys seeking to share space.  www.lawspacematch.com boasts 40,000 zip codes for connecting lawyers with other lawyers.  Check out www.blog.lawspacematch.com which also addresses space sharing issues and related topics.

Additional Staff:

Debi Williams – Legal Assistant

Debi Williams has been assisting Elaine M. Russell for the past three years supporting corporate and business clients of the firm. She has over 25 years of legal experience in the areas of real estate, real estate development, corporate, litigation, estate planning and general business.  Her previous experience includes supporting the General Counsel of a world-wide company located in Norcoss, Georgia, assisting managing partners of multi-attorney law firms in California, and administrative assistant to sole practitioners in Indiana and California.  Debi also assists in report development for local insurance investigators in the areas of marine and aircraft investigations.  She is an integral part of Lanier Partners of North Georgia, a non-profit organization in Hall County, raising funds to help children with cancer.   In addition, she has assisted Elaine launch www.lawspacematch.com.