Co-Founder and Chief Legal Officer
Russell Handy oversees the company's litigation, risk management, and compliance. He is a former law professor and clerked on the Ninth Circuit for Judge Thompson. In the last year alone, he has advised on over 300MM of hospitality acquisitions.
Russell is one of the most prolific hospitality litigators in the country and has consulted in the hotel space for over a decade. He regularly teaches and lectures on property level compliance and has won numerous awards for his trial and appellate advocacy. He founded Potter Handy LLP and is a recognized, and oft-cited, expert in civil litigation. He has argued in front of the Ninth Circuit, California Courts of Appeal, and the California Supreme Court. He was awarded the California Lawyer Magazine's Attorney of the Year (CLAY award) in 2010 and was named one of San Diego's top attorneys in 2011. Russell is also a former Certified Contract Advisor to the NFL Players Association.
Prior to entering the law, Russell served in the United States Army where he participated in over 48 live-fire missions and received numerous military recognitions and awards, including two Bronze Service Stars. He holds a B.A. from Brigham Young University and a J.D., magna cum
laude, from California Western School of Law where he was an associate editor of the Law Review.