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John Russell Campbell

Partner
  • (205) 226-3438
  • (205) 229-4701
Download Resume rcampbell@balch.com
Education
  • The University of Alabama School of Law
    J.D., 1991, Dean M. Leigh Harrison Scholar
  • Troy University
    B.S., 1988, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Florida, 1991
  • Alabama, 1995
  • Texas, 2013
About Russ
Clients applaud Russ’s work, with one dubbing him ‘a brilliant strategist’ and ‘the most professional and competent attorney with whom I have had the opportunity to work.'

- Chambers USA

Q&A
  • What previous experiences, prior to your work at Balch, influence your practice?

    I would not be where I am today without the help I received from many friends along the way. I am fueled daily by the desire to help people achieve their goals, maximize their careers, and avoid conflict. When conflict arises, it is especially rewarding assisting my clients in reaching resolution.

  • What types of clients do you represent?
  • What do you find most exciting about your work?
  • What type of matters do you work on most often?

Select Matters

Balch Sports

  • Dabo Swinney, Clemson: Negotiated second biggest contract in college football history (2017).
  • Dave Aranda, LSU: Negotiated biggest coordinator contracts in college football history (2017 & 2018) following a top five defensive coordinator contract (2016). 
  • Larry Fedora, North Carolina: Negotiated biggest football coaching contract in school history (2016).
  • Tom Allen, Indiana: Negotiated biggest first-time head coaching contract in school history (2017).
  • Geoff Collins, Temple: Negotiated biggest first-time head coaching contract in school history and one of the biggest first-time head coaching contracts in AAC history (2017).
  • Mike Bobo, Colorado State: Negotiated biggest coaching contract in school history (2018) following biggest first-time head coaching contract in MWC and school history. (2015).
  • Seth Littrell, North Texas:  Negotiated biggest contract in CUSA and school history (2018) following biggest contract in school history (2017) and biggest first-time head coaching contract in school history (2016).
  • Philip Montgomery, Tulsa: Negotiated biggest head football coaching contract in school history (2017) following significant compensation increase over previous head coach (2015). 
  • Neal Brown, Troy: Negotiated biggest contract in school history (2017) following biggest contract for first-time head coach in school history (2015).
  • Gene Chizik, North Carolina: Negotiated biggest coordinator contract in school history and top five in ACC history (2016).   
  • Manny Diaz, Miami: Negotiated biggest coordinator contracts in school history (2016 & 2018).
  • Mike Bianco, Ole Miss: Negotiated biggest baseball coaching contracts in school history (2014 & 2016)
  • John Szefc, Virginia Tech: Negotiated biggest baseball coaching contract in school history (2017).    

Litigation

  • Energy litigation: Represented investor-owned utility (IOU) in multi-jurisdictional litigation concerning failed energy markets, imbalance tariffs, adequate assurances under forward power contracts, RICO violations, and control area tariffs.
  • Corporate landowner: Defended putative class action involving claims of fraud and conspiracy arising from closure of residential mobile home park on managed reservoir.
  • Joint use/pole attachments: Representing multiple electric utility (pole owners) before the Federal Communications Commission, trial courts, and appellate courts concerning communications company attachments, including National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) issues.
  • Smart grid issues: Represent IOUs concerning smart grid infrastructure, bandwidth issues, automated meters, and emerging trends.

Publications

    News

      Speaking Engagements

        Credentials

        Education
        • The University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 1991, Dean M. Leigh Harrison Scholar
        • Troy University, B.S., 1988, magna cum laude
        Courts
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, 1995
        • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1996
        • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama, 1991
        • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 1991
        • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1996
        • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001
        • Supreme Court of Florida, 1991
        • Supreme Court of Alabama, 1991
        Bar Admissions
        • Florida, 1991
        • Alabama, 1995
        • Texas, 2013
        Professional Affiliations
        • Alabama State Bar, Intellectual Property, Entertainment, & Sports Section
        • The Florida Bar, Sports & Entertainment Section
        • Birmingham Bar Association
        • Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
        Awards & Accolades
        • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
        • The Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, 2016-present
        • Chambers USA, Litigation: General Commercial, 2016-present
        • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorney, 2012. 2018
        • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, 2014 - present
        • Mid-South Super Lawyers, 2013 - present
        Community Involvement
        • Church of the Highlands
        • King's Home