Robin is the Managing Partner of Andrews Kurth L.L.P.’s Houston office and serves as a member of numerous firm committees including the firm’s Policy Committee and Finance Committee. She is co-chair of the Firm’s Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Section where her practice combines a depth of experience in bankruptcy restructuring and litigation with financial transaction work. She represents clients throughout the U.S. in corporate restructurings and reorganizations as well as providing strategic advice to corporate clients and independent boards on the legal risks associated with counterparty insolvency and the structuring of corporate acquisitions to minimize economic risks in the event of a counterparty’s subsequent financial distress. Clients include debtors, statutory and plan trustees, official and ad hoc creditor committees, secured lenders, DIP lenders, private equity funds, contract counterparties, landlords, trade creditors and buyers (both strategic and financial) and sellers of distressed assets. She has been involved in over 100 bankruptcy-related adversary proceedings.
Cited as a leading lawyer in her field of law by numerous legal and trade publications, Robin is listed as one of Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Business Lawyers in Bankruptcy Restructuring; among The Best Lawyers in America® and a Texas Monthly “Super Lawyer.” She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2007 and in 2011 was named by the National Diversity Counsel as one of the Most Powerful and Influential Women in Texas. She served on the 2011 Fifth Circuit’s Merit Selection panel for a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas.
Ms. Russell is a frequent speaker on bankruptcy and other financial topics. She is the author of Last Rights; Liquidating a Company (co-authored), Oxford University Press (2006); Texas Practice Guide: Creditors’ Rights (co-authored) (West, 1998); Texas Practice Guide: Financial Transactions, Volumes 2 and 3 (West, 2000); Texas Secured Lending Guide (Texas Bankers’ Association in 14th edition); Texas Real Estate Lending Guide (Texas Bankers Association, in 2nd edition); “Understanding The Risks of Directing an Institution in Financial Distress,” Chapter 5, Handbook for Directors of Financial Institutions (co-authored) (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008); Texas Problem Loan Guide (Texas Bankers’ Association, in 2nd edition); “Maximizing Estate Value Through Effective Economic Litigation Analysis,” Norton’s 1998 Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law (West) (co-authored). In addition to her books, she has published numerous legal articles.
Ms. Russell is a member of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society of the United Way and the Texas Bar Foundation and is involved in numerous other charitable organizations including her church and her children’s schools.
Ms. Russell began practicing law at Andrews Kurth following a clerkship for the Texas Supreme Court. She received her J.D. cum laude from Baylor University School of Law in 1986 where she was the highest ranking graduate and Editor-in-Chief of the Baylor Law Review. She holds an LLM in Banking Law Studies from Boston University.
Ms. Russell is married and has two children.