David M. Russell


David has practiced as a civil trial lawyer in Amarillo since 1987. He is board certified in civil trial law and personal injury trial law and has tried a variety of cases to jury verdicts. He began his practice focusing primarily on defense of personal injury cases. For the past 20 years, his personal injury practice is devoted to the representation of injured plaintiffs. He also represents businesses and individuals in contractual and other commercial disputes.

David has served the legal community since 2000 by acting as mediator in hundreds of civil disputes. It is his conviction that the primary role of a lawyer is to facilitate resolution of disputes in a just and expeditious manner. David is proud to offer his years of experience in civil litigation to those who seek resolution of lawsuits.



  • Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
    • Juris Doctor – 1987
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Baylor Order of the Barristers
    • Honors: National Trial Advocacy Competition
    • Honors: Member, Phi Alpha Delta
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    • Master of Arts – 2002
    • Major: Philosophy
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
    • Bachelor of Arts – 1982
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Religion

Past Positions

  • Culton Morgan Britain & White, Partner, 1987 to 1993
  • Hinkle Hensley Shanor & Martin, Shareholder, 1993 to 2001
  • Templeton Smithee Hayes Heinrich & Russell, Partner, 2001-2022


  • English

Professional Associations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate, 2012 to Present
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow, 2011 to Present

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Board Certified, Personal Injury Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993
  • Board Certified, Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1987


  • A-V Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected Attorney of the Year 1994-1995 by Texas Panhandle Association of Legal Assistants
  • Named as Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly Magazine in Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution.