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Russell K. Scott


With more than 40 years of litigation experience, Russell Scott has built a reputation for his defense of clients in large class actions and toxic tort cases.


  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


J.D., Washington University School of Law, 1974

  • Washington University Law Review, 1972

A.B., Earlham College, 1971


Russell Scott frequently defends clients in federal court, in particular the Southern District of Illinois. From his first day at the firm — when he picked up a major pharmaceutical class action case before he had even unpacked  — Russell has built a practice committed to the defense of claims including class action, civil RICO suits and toxic and mass tort litigation. His work also has included product liability, industrial accident cases, premises liability, construction, insurance coverage, and legal and medical malpractice suits.

Russell’s national class action cases have involved automotive parts, pharmaceuticals, fuel additives, herbicides, consumer products, computer processors and financial and insurance transactions. He often represents national clients as local counsel and managed litigation on a nationwide basis for a manufacturer for several years. 

A history of professional and community involvement has kept Russell — who is the leader of Greensfelder's Belleville office and a former member of the firm's Board of Directors — at the forefront of the region’s legal community, with leadership roles in local, state and national organizations. For the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, he served as chair of the Local Rules Committee and vice chair of the Civil Justice Reform Committee.

As a certified mediator, Russell mediates and arbitrates personal injury, professional liability, insurance, commercial and construction disputes and is on the mediation and arbitration panel for the United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest office.

Professional Affiliations

  • Litigation Counsel of America, senior fellow
  • International Academy of Dispute Resolution, board member
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly member, former Board of Governors member
  • The Missouri Bar
  • East St. Louis Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, former president
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • National Legal Aid and Defenders Association
  • Federal Bar Association of Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • American Bar Foundation, life fellow
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Civil Practice and Procedure Committee
  • Pillar of the Profession of the Illinois Bar Foundation
  • United States Arbitration and Mediation, Inc., Certified Mediator
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Scottish Law Society
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, board member
  • Illinois Supreme Court Select Committee on Pro Bono Publico, former chair
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, past president
  • Academy of Illinois Lawyers

Community/Civic Activities

  • BackStoppers of St. Louis
  • Racial Harmony
  • City of Belleville, Illinois, Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, Chairman

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Insurance Litigation
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, Civil Appellate Law
  • Call for Help, Pillar of Hope Awards, Outstanding Community Leader, 2014
  • Pillar of the Profession of the Illinois Bar Foundation, Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award, 2011
  • 2012 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit.
  • 2001 Richard Hudlin Award for Public Service of the St. Clair County Bar Association
  • 1995 John McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award of the Illinois State Bar Association
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, rated for more than 25 consecutive years

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