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Ming R. Russell

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Ming Russell is an Associate in the firm's Commercial Finance Group. She represents banks and non-bank financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting commercial finance transactions, including first and second lien credit facilities, asset-based loans, acquisition and working capital financings, recapitalizations, refinancings, inter-creditor and subordination agreements, international, multi-jurisdictional and multi-currency facilities, and other complex financial transactions. She also has experience representing corporate borrowers in a variety of financing transactions.

Ms. Russell is committed to serving her local and global communities through pro bono service with a focus on international human rights. She has worked on international human rights legal proposals for presentation to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations in cooperation with The Heartland Alliance, Alma-TQ and The Initiative for Equal Rights; performed international fieldwork in Malawi with The Governance and Justice Group; and acted as Pro Bono Intern for DLA Piper France LLP during her study of international law at the Institut d'études politiques de Paris (Sciences Po).

In addition, she has provided pro bono counsel to the Susan G. Komen Foundation with respect to corporate matters; the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner doing legal research with respect to immigration law in the United States; and the International Justice Mission in service of the mission to end human trafficking. Ms. Russell also serves on the board of the New Opportunities Foundation.

In May 2022, Ms. Russell was a panelist at the University of Chicago Women+ in Law’s Asian American Heritage Month meeting. She is also author of  "How Borrowers May Terminate a Satisfied Loan Amid COVID," published in Law360, March 24, 2021.

Ms. Russell joined Goldberg Kohn in July 2018 and is a Member of the firm's Administrative Committee. She previously practiced at a global law firm where she focused on startup and venture capital financings and mergers & acquisitions.

She received her law degree from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2016 with a concentration in International Law. While in law school, she competed in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot on Northwestern's Vis Moot Team, worked for The Center for International Human Rights at the Bluhm Legal Clinic, and served as a Business and Alumni Director of the Women's Leadership Coalition and as the Executive Articles Editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights.

She received her M.A. in French Language and Civilization from New York University in 2010, and B.A. in English and American Literature with departmental honors, magna cum laude, with minors in French and Cinema Studies, from New York University in 2003.

Ms. Russell is admitted to practice in Illinois.

Languages: French

Chicago Office
55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792

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  • Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, J.D., 2016
  • New York University in France/Sorbonne La Nouvelle, M.A., French Language and Civilization, 2010
  • New York University, B.A., magna cum laude, English and American Literature, 2003
  • - English Honors Program Award
  • - GOLD Leadership Program Award
  • - NYU Founder's Day Award

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Professional Activities

  • New Opportunities Foundation, Board Member

Attorneys At Law

55 East Monroe Street
Suite 3300
Chicago, Illinois 60603-5792
Tel: 312.201.4000
Fax: 312.332.2196


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