The thing that I enjoy the most about being an attorney is the daily critical thinking exercise in trying to find legal solutions to my clients’ legal and business problems. The best solutions, and the ones that I strive to obtain, are those that not only consider all applicable legal precedent but also consider each client’s short and long term goals, balance sheet and cash flow, and the risk-reward balance of all options.
Russell W. Baker
Russell was born and lived in Scottsdale, Arizona for the first 22 years of his life. In 1997, he attended college at the University of Arizona, majoring in Finance. In 2001, after obtaining his B.S. in Business Finance degree from the University of Arizona, he began working as a financial analyst for a growing telecommunications company. Through his work as a financial analyst, he learned that there was often a large overlap of financial and legal issues in finding solutions to the business and financial problems regularly faced by companies and individuals. It was this realization led him go back to school and obtain his legal education.
Russell attended law school in Los Angeles, California and obtained his Juris Doctorate from Southwestern University School of Law in 2005. While in law school, he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work as an extern clerk for the Honorable Judge George P. Schiavelli of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. After graduating law school, Russell moved to Illinois. From 2006 to 2012, he worked for an established law firm out of Crystal Lake, Illinois serving McHenry, Lake, Winnebago, Kane, and Cook Counties. During that time, he litigated multimillion dollar actions in state and federal court, successfully defended clients at trial ranging from financial institutions and manufacturers to individuals and family farmers, and advised and protected his clients on employment and contract related matters.
In August of 2012, Russell joined Barrick, Switzer, Long, Balsley & Van Evera, LLP and he, his wife Nicole, and daughter Josie moved to the Rockford area. Since then he has enjoyed serving his clients in the areas of civil litigation, corporate and business planning, commercial litigation, employment, and bankruptcy. In 2014, Russ and Nicole welcomed the birth of their son, Ryan, to their family.
J.D., Southwestern University School of Law
B.S., University of Arizona, Major– Finance, Minor – Spanish
Illinois State Bar Association
Winn. County Bar Assoc., Co-Chair Commercial Litigation
McHenry County Bar Association
Rockford Cosmopolitan Club
Stateline Chamber, Board of Directors
Awards & Recognition
CALI Award for Excellence in Contracts, 2003
Congressional recommendation from Arizona Senator John Kyl, 1997