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Howard J. Russell

Office Managing Partner, Las Vegas

Howard Russell has established himself both as a successful litigator in complex tort and commercial matters, and as an analytical and creative insurance coverage attorney handling high exposure coverage issues. This rare combination of a traditional defense practice with an extensive insurance coverage background allows him to advise clients on a wide range of issues and to foresee potential pitfalls and problems that could arise over the course of litigation.  

Howard has served as a lead presenter at trial practice and premises liability seminars and has authored and developed continuing education materials for clients and insurance coverage conferences. He has developed the respect of the members of the local bar, become a sounding board for both colleagues and adversaries to discuss unique legal issues and been a frequently invited speaker at law schools and in-house client seminars. His practice is not limited to simply responding defensively to litigation in progress, but includes collaboration with clients and industry representatives to develop proactive programs and protocols to minimize a company's risks, and to create efficient and effective pre-litigation investigation. As a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, Howard has the unique opportunity to interact with some of the top defense attorneys and corporate counsel from around the world.

In addition, Howard was tapped for his leadership as managing partner of the Las Vegas office, where he has been at the forefront of its growth and its position as one of the most respected and successful firms in Nevada. Clients that once turned to established local firms now rely on the national prowess of Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial to solve their most complex legal problems, and manage their highest exposure risks.

Howard is licensed in Nevada, Georgia and Massachusetts, and has tried or appeared in cases in seven different states, involving trucking and bus accidents, commercial disputes, insurance coverage, premises liability and product liability.


State University of New York at Geneseo, B.A., cum laude, 1997

University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2000

Bar & Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Nevada
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Representative Experience

Defended aerial lift manufacturer in numerous cases in the western United States, including obtaining favorable settlements well below initial demands.

Defended insurance carrier and subcontractor against claims by general contractor for contractual indemnity and additional insured status, which resulted in appeals to Virginia Supreme Court.

Defended against claims of complex pain syndrome and catastrophic injuries arising from accident at airport, and after a ten-day trial reached settlement of less than 30 percent of plaintiff’s demand at opening of trial.

Defended multiple Las Vegas nightclubs against claims of improper force used by security personnel.

Obtained directed verdict for defense on claims of negligent hiring and vicarious liability against Las Vegas hotel and casino for alleged assault by employee.

Represented and defended clients in product liability cases involving medical devices, pool filters, aerial lifts, industrial machinery, cranes, automobile tires, mechanical fasteners, all-terrain vehicles, watercraft and motorcycles.

Successfully defended David Copperfield’s production company and obtained a defense verdict in nationally publicized traumatic brain injury case.

Obtained summary judgment in wrongful death claim against utility, upheld on appeal, on basis of workers compensation exclusive remedy.

Lead counsel for Las Vegas claims against national hotel operator, leading to defense of claims for wrongful death, traumatic brain injury and catastrophic injury. 

Defended tour operator for wrongful death and emotional distress claims arising from cruise excursion in Alaska.

Represented and defended public utilities in wide range of disputes, including wrongful death, significant burn injuries, and extensive property damage claims arising from fires.

Professional & Community Activities

Atlanta Bar Association

Clark County Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

International Association of Defense Counsel

Lumpkin Inn of Court

The Unforgettables Foundation of Southern Nevada, Board Member

Events & Speaking Engagements

"Premises Liability in Nevada," Lorman Education Systems, Las Vegas, NV, August 2006