Through the practice of law, I have the privilege of serving clients’ needs, which provides me with great satisfaction.
Russell Hartigan joined Goldstine, Skrodzki, Russian, Nemec and Hoff, Ltd. as a partner in 2017. Russ brings to the firm judicial experience as well as significant litigation and trial experience. Russ served as a judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County in the Law Division and Fifth Municipal District from 2010 through 2017. During his tenure, he received “Highly Recommended” ratings from the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.
His trial experience includes representing plaintiffs and defendants in more than 60 jury trials in Illinois state and federal courts. These complex litigation cases have included casualty and municipal defense, workers compensation, and personal injury. Russ is a court certified mediator for the Circuit Court of Cook County and an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and Resolute Systems. He is a frequent lecturer on legal topics including jury selection, expert disclosure, cross-examination, post-trial motions and appeals, and has served as an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School, DePaul University, and Northwestern University.
Russ actively serves the legal community. He recently completed his tenure as President of the Illinois State Bar Association (2017/2018) and has served on its Board of Governors. Russ has also served as President of the West Suburban Bar Association, and he is a current member of the Illinois Bar Foundation Executive Committee, the American Bar Association House of Delegates, and the Illinois Judges Association. Russ has also been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve on its Committee on Judicial Performance and Evaluation. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Russ is also actively involved in the community. He currently serves as a Board member of the Berwyn PAV YMCA and Pillars, a nonprofit provider of mental health and social services in the Chicagoland area. He has served as the President of the Berwyn – Cicero Council on Aging and in numerous elected positions, including: Township Supervisor of Lyons Township; Lyons Township Trustee; and Trustee of the Village of Western Springs where he also served on its Zoning Board.