Brandy Russell


Brandy Russell is a Partner in the Legal practice group, focused on helping corporate clients find the talent required to grow their legal teams, and is based on the Chicago office. As a former commercial litigator, Brandy has a deep legal network and understands the unique needs of clients and leaders in the space. Her clients appreciate her consultative approach and strong relationship skills, which set the stage to identify solutions, find the right talent and create a successful hiring outcome.

Today’s corporate leadership expects General Counsels, and the internal legal departments they lead, to be business partners that actively participate in the development and implementation of business strategies, not just attorneys who evaluate and mitigate risk. The most efficient and valued legal departments are wholly integrated into the company’s culture and embedded with the business side. Russell’s executive search practice is devoted to helping companies build out internal legal and compliance departments that achieve this level of efficiency.

Before joining DHR, Brandy was a Managing Director in the In-House Practice Group at a Major, Lindsey & Africa. In 2005, Brandy began her legal career in the New York offices of Anderson, Kill & Olick, P.C., McKee Nelson, LLP, and Bingham McCutchen, LLP. Her practice focused on securities-related litigation, defending international banks and hedge fund clients against allegations of securities fraud, breach of contract and other business torts.

Brandy holds a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, as well as a M.A. in Comparative Literature and B.A. in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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