PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

  • Accomplished contributor experienced in case management, case development, pre-litigation, case analysis, and client advisory matters.

  • Skilled legal researcher who excels at computer-based and non-computer based legal and scientific research.

  • Innovative educator devoted to education and learning, results-driven, logical and methodical approach to achieving tasks and objectives.

  • Energetic critical thinker with strong analytical skills; possessing a solid understanding of Political Process, Criminal Law, Family Law , Personal Injury, Business Law, Contract Disputes, and the Legislative Process

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

ATTORNEY, The Law Office of Tiffany D. Russell, PLLC Durham, NC May 2008-Present

  • Successfully conducts litigation in a variety of cases. Represents a diverse group of clients in civil and criminal litigation matters.

  • Meet with clients and develop trial strategy based on clients’ needs and recommendations. Litigate each case in full. Consistently achieve favorable results for clients.

ATTORNEY, Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, Raleigh-Durham, NC June 2005-June 2008

  • Assist large pharmaceutical company in responding to E-discovery requests as well as assisting corporate clients propounding E-discovery in complex litigation.

  • Analyze and review documents to determine discoverability of corporate documents and records under Federal and North Carolina Laws.

LEGAL RESEARCH CONSULTANT, National Center for Bioethics, Tuskegee, AL May 2004-December 2005 (Contract)

  • Researched and analyzed case material and archival work on several Bioethics project for the principal investigator.  

  • Conducted in-depth legal analysis of various cutting edge bioethical issues to determine how they adhere to the current law.  Assisted in the grant writing process and supervised the day to day management of the project’s legal work.  

JUVENILE JUSTICE ADVOCATE, North Carolina Central University School of Law Juvenile Justice Clinic, Durham, NC August 2003-May 2004

  • Assisted with trial and witness preparation, defended clients in court on alleged criminal charges.

  • Drafted legal memoranda, summary judgment motions, continuous, and request for dismissals.

LEGAL INTERN, Landloss Prevention Project, Durham, NC January 2003- June 2003

  • Prepared legal memoranda to clients providing updates and additional advice or results about their case.  

  • Researched legal issues and provided research support to attorneys in the organization.

  • Assisted attorneys with witness preparation and organizing case files in preparation for litigation

MEDIATOR TRAINEE, Carolina Dispute Settlement, January 2002-January 2003

  • Provided disputants with alternative dispute resolution methods and strategies to help them arrive at an agreeable settlement.

  • Prepared debriefing memorandums explaining client resolutions and providing evaluations to staff on improving the current mediation procedures.

EDUCATION

  • JURIS DOCTORATE, North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC 2004

    • Juvenile Justice Clinic

    • Sports and Entertainment Law Association

  • BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL 2001

    • Summa Cum Laude

    • Dean’s List

    • Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

BOARD MEMBER, URBAN MINITRIES OF DURHAM

BOARD MEMBER, ELNA B. SPUALDING CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER

CHAIR AND CO-CHAIR, Housing Appeals Board, June 2006 to 2014 (4 Terms)

  • Preside over  quasi judicial proceedings and collaborate with other board members about landowner appeals on Housing Code Cases and Building Code Condemnation Cases

  • Assisted City Attorney with implementation and evaluation of  policies and procedures that govern the board

VICE CHAIR, Minorities In The Profession Committee, 2010-2011

 

PROFESSIONAL LICENSE/AFFILIATIONS

  • Active Member, North Carolina State Bar

  • Active Member, North Carolina Bar Association

  • Active Member, 14th Judicial District Bar Association

  • Active Member, American Bar Association

  • Treasurer, Durham County Bar Association