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California Certified Legal Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law by the State Bar of Califfornia Board of Legal Specialization.


When I am not practicing law, I am reading, walking my dog, gardening, or woodworking. I also am involved with community service with the Brea Rotary Club and my church.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 70%
  2. Probate: 20%
  3. Business: 10%



Hourly ($300-425/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Benjamin Scott Wishart

    I have known Russ for several years. He has helped my family and many freinds with their wills and trusts. If anyone ever has a probate question I send them to Russ. I endorse this lawyer.


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  • Eliz C A Johnson

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Contact info

324 S Brea Blvd
Brea, CA, 92821


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate LawCalifornia Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California2014
Juris Doctor cum laude (with honors)Loyola Law School1987
Articles Editor, Intl. & Comp. Law JournalLoyola Law School1986
AmJur Award, Contract LawBancroft-Whitney1985
2 Yr. Full Scholarship, Top GPA in SectionLoyola Law School1985
Member, International & Comp. Law JournalLoyola Law School1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Russell P. Nowell1994 - Present
AssociateMilbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP1989 - 1993
AssociateGibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP1987 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2011 - Present
State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates SectionN/A1997 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Estate of Hammontree, LASC VP010860Proceeds distributed to 3 heirs.
In re Hammontree Family Trust, OCSC 30-2009-00331175-PR-TR-LJCSettled
In re Estate of Melvin Romney, OCSC 30-2011-00518862-PR-PW-LJCPending
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
California State University, FullertonHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
It's Your Estate (Spring 2014 Fullerton)Advanced Trust Law2014
It's Your Estate (Fall 2014, Brea)Living Trust & More2014
Williams, Advanced Placement CourseArguing Before the California Supreme Court2011
Career DayPursuing a Career in Law2010
Rotary Club ProgramTrusts and Estates Update2009
Career DayPursuing a Career in Law2009