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Kathryn P. Russell

Attorney and Partner Kathryn (Katie) P. Russell received her Juris Doctorate cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio. After graduating magna cum laude from John Carroll University with a B.A. in History (Latin American Studies Concentration) and Spanish, Katie joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. As a Jesuit Volunteer, Katie served as a Refugee Case Manager at YMCA International Services and provided legal advocacy and resettlement services to refugees and victims of human trafficking through the YMCA’s legal department. Katie is fluent in Spanish and has studied internationally at the Universidad Centroamericana with the Casa de la Solidaridad Program service-learning program in El Salvador and at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Peru.

Katie joined Brown Immigration Law in 2009 and has significant experience in U.S. immigration matters, including family-based immigration, employment-based immigration, removal defense, and citizenship. Her international experience and early humanitarian work provided an invaluable perspective that continues to shape her practice, as she incorporates her clients’ unique stories and experiences when developing creative and effective legal strategies. In recognition of her work, Katie has been named to Super Lawyer’s Ohio Rising Stars® list in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023, and recognized by Best Lawyers® since 2019.


  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Federal Court, Northern District of Ohio, Judicial Extern for Judge Donald C. Nugent
  • United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio, Law Clerk
  • YMCA International Services, Case Manager for Refugee and Victim-of-Human-Trafficking Resettlement Cases

  • J.D. Cum Laude Honors: CALI Award for Excellence in Contracts, Juvenile Law, Computers and Law: Criminal, and Employment Law Cleveland Marshall College of Law
    Cleveland, OH
  • B.A. History: Latin American Studies Concentration, Spanish; Magna Cum Laude Honors: Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit Honors Society; John Carroll University
    University Heights, OH

Professional Associations

  • Super Lawyers: Rising Star in Ohio & Kentucky 2023
  • 2023 Best Lawyers® in America
  • 2020 Super Lawyers Rising Star in Ohio & Kentucky
  • 2022 Super Lawyers Rising Star in Ohio & Kentucky
  • West Shore Bar Association
  • Irish American Law Society of Cleveland
  • Federal Bar Association
  • William K. Thomas American Inn of Court
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star in Ohio & Kentucky
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association


  • Avvo - Kathryn Russell
  • Avvo - 2015 Immigration
  • Avvo - 2017 Kathryn Russell
  • Avvo - 2018 Kathryn Russell
  • SuperLawyers Rising Star - Kathryn Russell


  • Federal Court Strikes Down Trump Administration Proclamation Restricting Asylum Seekers
  • USCIS Policy Changes Will Expose Applicants to New Risks
  • Immigration Options for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Performance Metrics for Immigration Judges: A Matter of Judicial Efficiency or an Erosion of Independent Juiciary?
  • Attorney at Law: The Trump Administration's Immigration Enforcement Policies
  • The End of DACA as an Opportunity for Comprehensive Immigration Reform
  • Terminating TPS for Salvadorans: The Urgent Need for U.S. Immigration Reform

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