Originally from Hamilton, Russell attended Waikato University between 2012 and 2015. During this period he gained experience working in employment dispute mediations, and later tutored in criminal law. In 2016, he became a Judges’ Clerk at the Rotorua District Court and was admitted to the bar the same year.
Russell commenced working as a lawyer for the Public Defence Service at Hamilton in 2017, earning trial experience and appearing in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He joined PR Law in 2021.
He enjoys long distance running, and returned to Rotorua to complete the Marathon in 2020.