Dean Russell advises multinational companies on implementing strategies for protecting intellectual property rights worldwide. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has served as an adjunct professor of intellectual property law at the University of Georgia School of Law, and at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Prior to practicing law, Mr. Russell participated in developing computer simulations of the guidance and detonation equipment of the U.S. Army’s PATRIOT missile system.

Mr. Russell is a former two-term member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Patent Law in 2018 and each of the 17 years immediately preceding. He was also recognized as a 2009 Georgia "Super Lawyer" for Intellectual Property law by Super Lawyers magazine. Mr. Russell was listed in the International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers in 2011 and 2013 and also in the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers for Patents in 2011, 2013 and 2014. He was named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year in 2011 by Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. Mr. Russell was named a top patent practitioner in 2017 and the five years immediately preceding by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. He was named among Georgia Trend's 2012 "Legal Elite" in the area of Intellectual Property Law. Mr. Russell received Lexology’s Client Choice Guide - International 2013 Award in the Intellectual Property: Patents category for Georgia. In 2014, he was recommended by Legal 500 US for Patent Prosecution. Mr. Russell is AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

* CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedure's standards and policies.


  • University of Georgia, J.D. (1987)
    summa cum laude
  • University of Alabama at Huntsville, M.S., Engineering (1984)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., Electrical Engineering (1982)

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia (1987)


  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (1989)

Who We Are

What fully engaged means to me:

Spending time and effort to learn our clients' businesses and understand their challenges and opportunities to become a fully-functioning part of their management teams.

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Dean W. Russell

Experience Highlights

Acquisition by Zodiac Aerospace
Represented Zodiac Aerospace in its acquisition of C&D Aerospace, an aircraft interiors manufacturer with operations in the United States, more
Sale of cross border business for Zodiac Marine & Pool
Represented Zodiac Marine & Pool in its sale of the "Sevylor" inflatables and towables business in the United States, Canada, Australia and more
Acquisition advice for a worldwide manufacturer of pool and recreational products
Represented a large, worldwide manufacturer of pool and recreational products that sought to acquire an early-stage company whose initial products more
Clean Heat LLC v. Enviro-Log Inc.
Represented a green technology company in licensing dispute and prosecuted cross-claim for breach of warranty and fraud. Clean Heat LLC v. more