William Bradley Russell Jr



W. Bradley Russell, Jr. is an associate and trial litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. His practice includes all phases of litigation in trial court, including discovery, settlement, negotiations, motion practice, pretrial hearings, trials, and post-judgment proceedings. Mr. Russell offers more than six years’ trial experience with the U.S. Department of Justice – including a six month detail as a criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Mr. Russell is a member of the firm’s Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practices.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Russell was a civil trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division. He represented the United States in litigation before federal district, bankruptcy and state courts. He has successfully litigated cases involving collection of federal taxes, defense against tax refund claims, enforcement of offshore account penalties, challenges to abusive trust schemes, and federal immunity from state taxation.

Mr. Russell has experience as a special assistant U.S. attorney serving the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. He handled general misdemeanors and felonies.

From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Russell was a law clerk to the Honorable Virginia Covington, U.S. District Judge, in Jacksonville, Florida.

Representative Experience

  • Represented United States in two bankruptcy trials involving allegations that the government violated the automatic stay
  • Represented United States in bankruptcy trial involving dischargeability of federal taxes
  • Represented United States as first chair in three criminal trials, including one felony jury trial


Mr. Russell received the Tax Division Outstanding Attorney award for 2012, 2013 and 2014.


  • “The Tide is Coming in on Offshore Account Enforcement: The Swiss Bank Program and Enforcement of the Foreign Bank Account Report,” 132 Banking Law Journal 386 (2015)
  • “A Convenient Blanket of Secrecy: The Oft-Cited but Nonexistent Housekeeping Privilege,” 14 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 745 (2005)


Mr. Russell completed his law degree at William & Mary School of Law (J.D., 2006), where he was an articles editor for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal. He completed his undergraduate degree in Asian Studies at Florida State University (B.S., 2002). Mr. Russell spent his junior year abroad at Hiroshima University, Japan.


Mr. Russell is admitted to practice in Florida, Tennessee, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.


IRS Seeks Identities of Americans with Undisclosed Belize Bank Accounts
17 September 2015
Legal News Alert: Government Enforcement, Compliance & White Collar Defense
The Tide is Coming in on Offshore Account Enforcement: The Swiss Bank Program and Enforcement of the Foreign Bank Account Report
08 September 2015
The Banking Law Journal
Riley Authors, Russell Co-Authors Tax Chapter in Federal Court Litigation Treatise
06 April 2017
Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition
Insights on Tax Reform
18 and 25 January 2018
Jacksonville, FL