Hatch Applauds Nomination of Ronald G. Russell to U.S. District Court

The White House announced the nomination of Ronald G. Russell, a shareholder in the Salt Lake City law firm Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, to the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. U.S. Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah), a senior member and former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined with Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) in recommending Russell’s nomination to the President and applauded the announcement.

“I’m extraordinarily pleased that the President has nominated Ron Russell to join the federal bench in Utah,” Hatch said. “Ron possesses a broad range of experience—from private practice to local government to a clerkship on the very court to which he has been nominated—that have made him a widely respected member of the bar. I am confident that Ron will make an excellent jurist, and I will work to help ensure his timely confirmation by the Senate.” 

Russell is a shareholder in the Salt Lake City law firm of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless, where he specializes in commercial litigation and real estate law. He joined the law firm as an associate in 1983 and was elevated to partner in 1988. Previously, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable David K. Winder of the United States District Court for the District of Utah. Russell has also served for twelve years as a part-time elected official in local government including one four-year term as a council member on the Centerville City Council from 1998 to 2001, as well as two consecutive terms as Mayor of Centerville from 2006 to 2013. Russell received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1983 and his B.A. cum laude from Weber State College in 1980.

Russell has been nominated to a seat that has been vacant since September 1, 2014, when Judge Brian Stewart took senior status. Over his 39 years of service in the United States Senate, Sen. Hatch has been in involved in the confirmation of 72% of the judges who have ever served on Utah’s federal district court, three-quarters of which have been confirmed unanimously.