|Russell J. Austin at Deer Creek|
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 850
Sacramento, CA 95814
Russell Austin, a Sacramento attorney specializing in commercial real estate and conservation transactions, has served on the Sacramento Valley Conservancy (SVC) Board of Directors for the past fifteen years. Russell served as SVC's President for 2005 and 2006 and currently serves as Trustee Emeritus.
Since the early 1980's, Russell has represented conservation organizations that help protect open spaces, working landscapes, natural resources, and wildlife habitats, and over that time has worked on more than 100 conservation projects.
Russell was selected by Sacramento County Bar Association as the 2017 Distinguished Attorney of the Year, awarded each year to the attorney who "through the practice of law, has made Sacramento a better place to live and work." He is listed in the 1997 through 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in America as one of the Sacramento area's outstanding real estate attorneys and from 2005 through 2017 he has been listed in Northern California Super Lawyers. Russell was named Best Lawyers' 2010 Sacramento Real Estate Lawyer of the Year and was recognized in the Top 100: 2016 and 2017 Northern California Super Lawyers and the Top 25: 2015 through 2017 Sacramento Super Lawyers lists. He was named in the Sacramento Business Journal's 2013 through 2017 "Best of the Bar" lists which recognize top local attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and vetted by a panel of their peers, and he was listed in Sacramento Magazine's Top Lawyers List 2015 through 2017. Since 1992, Russell has been rated "AV Preeminent®" by Martindale-Hubbell. He leads the firm's commercial real estate law team which was awarded "Tier One" rankings for practice excellence in the U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" 2014 through 2018 reports.
Russell is one of the founding partners at Murphy Austin, a Sacramento law firm comprised of 29 attorneys who represent businesses and business owners, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations in a wide variety of transactions and dispute resolution matters. Murphy Austin's practice teams are focused on the core areas of business and commercial real estate, construction litigation, labor and employment law, employee benefits and executive compensation, nonprofits, tax, and commercial and environmental litigation.