Erick Russell practices in the firm’s Government Finance Department. Erick represents state and municipal governments in the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable bonds and other debt obligations. In addition, Erick represents issuers of 501(c)(3) bonds, qualified private activity bonds, revenue bonds and conduit borrowings. He has drafted primary financing documents, including bond authorizations, purchase contracts, opinions and bond and note closing documents. In addition, he has conducted due diligence and legal research with respect to state and municipal law issues relating to the issuance of bonds and notes.
Prior to joining the firm’s Government Finance Department, Erick practiced in the firm’s Litigation Department. His litigation practice focused primarily on complex business litigation and healthcare and probate litigation. He represented businesses and individuals before state and federal courts in matters involving contract disputes, unfair trade practices, misappropriation of trade secrets and proprietary information and breach of fiduciary duty.
Earlier in his career, Erick represented low-income taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services as part of the University of Connecticut School of Law's Low-Income Tax Clinic. He also interned for the General Counsel to Governor Dannel P. Malloy prior to joining the firm as a summer associate in 2011, and served as a legal intern for the Connecticut Legal Rights Project in 2010.
Connecticut Bar Association - LGBT Section, Member; Chair (2017-2019)
George W. Crawford Black Bar Association - Member; Board of Directors (2013-2015)
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Government Finance Officers Association
Connecticut Bar Association - Diversity and Inclusion Committee
New Haven Judicial District Grievance Panel
Connecticut Bar Association
Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity
Connecticut Democratic Party - Vice Chair
Lambda Legal - Connecticut Cares - Co-Chair (2014 - present)
Democratic National Committee - Member
Association of State Democratic Committees - Eastern Region Vice Chair
Discovering Amistad - Board of Directors
Honors & Recognitions
Recipient of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association's "Rising Leader" Award, 2019
Fairfield County Business Journal "40 under 40"
Named to the Super Lawyers "Connecticut Rising Stars" since 2015 in the area of government finance
Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" award in 2016
News & Insights
- New Haven Independent, 11.22.2019
Lambda Legal is the premiere LGBTQ civil rights organization in the country committed to achieving full equality for LGBTQ individuals and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation and advocacy. Pullman & Comley has been a proud supporter of the organization and its mission since 2003.09.24.2019
Bar and Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
University of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 2012; Awarded University of Connecticut School of Law Certificate in Taxation, 2012
The University of New Haven, B.S., magna cum laude, 2009