Super Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
National Board of Trail Advocacy
Texas Board of Legal Specialization (TBLS)

Russell G. Burwell III graduated from Dickinson High School in 1982, the University of Texas with a B.B.A. in Accounting in 1986, and the University of Houston Law Center in 1992. He is an avid fisherman, hunter and musician.

Russ has been Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization Certification: Personal Injury Trial Law since 1998 and Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy: Civil Trial Advocacy since 2001. In 2006, Russ was selected to Super Lawyers, and remains on the list of top-rated attorneys.

Russ is also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Russ is a past Director of the State Bar of Texas, President of the Galveston County Bar Association, Director of the Texas Young Lawyers Association, and President of the Galveston County Young Lawyers Association. He was the Galveston County Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2000.

He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Texas Trial Lawyers Association (sustaining member) and Houston Trial Lawyers Association. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars. Elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

Areas of Practice

  • 75% Personal Injury
  • 15% Labor Law
  • 10% Commercial Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1998
  • Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas
    • J.D. – 1992
  • University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, USA
    • B.B.A. – 1986
    • Major: Accounting

Representative Cases

Representative Clients

  • United Steel Workers (USW) Local 13-1
  • International Association of Fire Fighters Union, Local 1259
  • Hopu Corporation – Taiwan
  • Sinotrans, Ltd. – Hong Kong
  • J.R. Riley Homes
  • Texas Woodmasters
  • C.D.I. Inc.
  • Texas City Development Limited, Co.
  • Rust Ewing Insurance
  • Serious Tackle


  • General Overview of Workers Compensation in Texas Since 1/1/91 from the Claimant’s Perspective, Mainland Bar Association
  • The After-Acquired Evidence Rule in Employment Discrimination Cases. Galveston County Bar Association, Ninth Annual Lake Tahoe Seminar
  • Overview of the Family Medical Leave Act. Galveston County Bar Association, 11th Annual Lake Tahoe Seminar
  • Representing an ADA Claimant and Representing a Workers’ Compensation Claimant, Galveston County Bar Association, 12th Annual Lake Tahoe Seminar
  • Oral Depositions Under the New Rules, Galveston County Bar Association, New Discovery Rules and More Seminar
  • Juries Under Siege, Galveston County Bar Association, 13th Annual Lake Tahoe Seminar
  • How to Evaluate a Personal Injury Case, Galveston County Bar Association, Association New Laws & Rules Seminar
  • Admission of a Medical Billing Records Through Affidavit, Galveston County Bar Association, 14th Annual Lake Tahoe Seminar
  • Evaluating the Personal Injury Settlement from the Guardian Ad Litem’s Perspective, GCBA Ad Litem Seminar
  • Evaluating Personal Injury Cases, GCBA Ad Litem Seminar, May 1, 2011 – September 1, 2013
  • It’s Like a Whole Other Country: Maritime Law, Texas-Style, LA Assoc. for Justice: High Stakes on the High Seas, a Maritime Law Conference
  • Recent Legislature and Judicial Tort Reforms Which Affect Valuation of Personal Injury Cases, GCBA Ad Litem Seminar
  • Family Medical Leave Act Overview, USW Local 13-1
  • Should I File My Case in Texas? Recent Legislature and Judicial Tort Reforms You Should Consider, LA Assoc. for Justice: Winter Ski CLE
  • Worker’s Compensation Basics, PACE Local 4-449
  • Hospital Liens, Letters of Protection and Other Subrogation Interests, GCBA Ad Litem Seminar
  • Representing an Americans with Disability Act Claimant, GCBA Lake Tahoe Seminar
  • The After Acquired Evidence Rule in Employment Discrimination Cases, GCBA Lake Tahoe Seminar

Honors and Awards

  • Texas Monthly Super Lawyer, 2006 – 2021
  • Galveston County Outstanding Young Lawyer, 2000

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member, 2002 – Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 1999 – Present
  • Galveston County Bar Association, President, 2001 – 2002
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association, Director, 1999 – 2001
  • Galveston County Young Lawyers Association, President, 1998 – 1999
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member, 1993 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2011 – Present
  • Galveston County AFL-CIO, Delegate, 2002 – 2004

Past Employment Positions

  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Texas, Intern, 1991


  • Delta Kappa Epsilon
  • Phi Delta Phi