Vernon A. Russell, a 1981 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Law, has practiced law in Cabarrus County and the southern Piedmont region of North Carolina since 1981. He is highly regarded as an effective trial lawyer in both the civil and criminal arenas.
He represents plaintiffs in medical negligence matters and serious personal injury claims, arising from the negligent operation of motor vehicles. Additionally, he handles serious workers’ compensation claims for injured employees and defends compensation claims for uninsured employers.
In the criminal arena, he has a reputation for accepting the difficult cases and has successfully handled countless major felony matters, including capital and non-capital murder, felony sex offenses as well as misdemeanors, including driving while impaired and death by vehicle cases. Many clients are referred by other lawyers. Among his clients have been other lawyers and professionals, and he is widely known and respected for his successful representation of a 23 year career public school teacher who was charged with sex offenses against his female students.
Mr. Russell’s advice and counsel is often sought by colleagues and he has been a panelist or speaker at legal seminars and events involving legal issues, trial practice and procedure and continuing legal education. Mr. Russell believes that legal scholarship is a lawyer’s greatest asset. He prides himself on researching and understanding the principals underlying legal concepts and opinions, and effectively transforms this knowledge to power in communicating with witnesses, judges and juries. Jurors often comment that he has handled a case well, effectively communicating the facts and issues necessary to arrive at a just decision. His reputation amongst his colleagues is that he is well versed in the law and a most capable representative.
Mr. Russell believes that “we are our brother’s keeper.” He has a life-long commitment to community service and has served or is currently serving on the following boards, commissions or committees:
- Barber Scotia College (past chair and general counsel)
- Cabarrus Community Corrections (past chair)
- Logan Daycare, Inc.
- Coltrane Life Center
- Cabarrus Bank & Trust (past chair)
- Cabarrus County Board of Health
- Cabarrus County Blue Ribbon Committee
- Cabarrus Memorial Hospital Foundation Board
- Rotary International
- North Carolina and Cabarrus County Bar Associations
- North Carolina State Bar Disciplinary Committee
- North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly North Carolina Academy for Trial Lawyers)
Mr. Russell is also a member of the First United Church of Christ where he serves in various capacities including Trustee Board and Men’s Fellowship.
Vernon is married to the former Edith Bridges and they make their home in Kannapolis, North Carolina.