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Christopher E. Russell

Car accident Attorney at Newport Beach, CA

5.0   17 reviews
  • Licensed for 39 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1984
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I have handled over 6,000 personal injury claims with a 95% success rate over the last 32 years.  We are large enough to have the resources to fight billion dollar insurance companies but small enough to give clients the personal attention they would not get with the Television advertisers who handle claims as if they are herding cattle, never allowing the client to speak to a live attorney. Please go to our website at to view real client testimonials as to the level of service and results we consistently obtain on behalf of of our clients.

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Russell & Lazarus, APC
1401 Dove Street #310
Newport Beach, CA, 92660


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Posted by Teri | February 20, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Amazing care of my health and my case! If you get hurt in a car accident, you want to call Christoper
Chris not only wants to recover your money, he wants you to get healthy too. He cares about you, your case and always returns calls right away.
Posted by Rich and Wendy Johnson | February 6, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Great Service
Mr. Russell and his team provided great and compassionate service to me and my wife. They answered all questions right away and settled our case with a good end result. I would not hesitate to use them again or refer them to anyone. They are very friendly and knowledgeable and takes the worry out of a difficult situation. Keep up the good work and God Bless. Rich and Wendy Johnson Lancaster, Ca
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Posted by Paul | December 9, 2014
A First Class Team
The team at Russell and Lazarus transformed a nightmare experience and gave me the ability to move on with my life with comfort and closure. My life was in shambles after being hit head on by a drunk driver. I was stranded without health insurance, a vehicle, or any plan. I had nowhere to turn. Having to get back to work was tough enough, not to mention the stack of medical bills and collection calls were increasing at a rapid rate. I was overwhelmed and breaking down financially, physically, and mentally. I had nowhere to turn and had already accepted that I was going to be forced into filling for bankruptcy. That is when Chris Russell came to the rescue. At a moment’s notice, Chris transformed my incredibly difficult situation into a step by step achievable solution. First, the team focused on my medical needs and allowed me the ability to see Doctors and Medical Specialists who immediately placed me in a rehabilitation process that I had previously thought was unattainable due to my lack of medical insurance. This provided the ability to get back to work and be confident that I was making the correct steps to recuperation. Next, Chris and the team at Russell and Lazarus put a stop to the ongoing collection calls and continuous medical bills that were polluting my life. From the beginning, the team at Russell and Lazarus assured me that everything would be taken care of and allowed me the ability to focus on my personal and professional life. Words cannot express the amount of relief I felt in having the ability to get back to my life and rebuild my confidence to once again go after my goals and dreams. The litigation process during a personal injury claim is long and drawn out. During this period, Chris took the extra time to educate and help me better understand my personal injury claim, as well as the legal proceedings with the criminal conviction of the drunk driver. My hand was held through every step of this extremely tough process. Not once was I left guessing or flying blind throughout the entire multiyear ordeal. With the support of Dani Glidden, Rory Mills, Fenja Klaus, Chris Russell and the entire team at Russell and Lazarus I have finally been able to put this terrible time of my life behind me and focus on moving forward. I never thought that I was going to get through the tough times presented to me after this devastating car accident. Thank you for allowing me the ability to move on with my life!
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Posted by Jake | October 22, 2014
A good experience with a good law firm
Chris Russell and his staff were very helpful with an auto accident claim that I had. My car rolled over and I was hurt and I was trying to deal with the insurance company on my own and it was very stressful. Once I hired Mr. Russell, the stress off my plate. Not only did Mr. Russell help me get good medical treatment but I was also very happy with the amount of the settlement. Thank you Mr. Russell.
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Posted by anonymous | October 21, 2014
Amazing Attorney
I have dealt with many attorneys and Mr. Russell is by far the best! He is very experienced in his field and understands that these are not just cases but people he is dealing with. He did an amazing job dealing with my case and he was always very patient with me to explain process!
Posted by arto | August 14, 2014
a very happy client
mr russel is very professional and i woukld highley recommend him for anyone that is in need of a professional to handle their case. thank you very much chris from arto and devra mcgee
Posted by Matthew | July 28, 2014
One of the best law firms I've ever been with.
Russell and Lazarus law firm did an ASTOUNDING job with my case. Kept me very informed and update on everything. Aldo did an amazing job keeping me up to date on my case. If i give more than 5 stars i definitely would.
Posted by Mary | July 3, 2014
Worth the Time
After six years with battling the horrific Allstate Insurance Company, I am pleased with the results of the settlement. Allstate is notorious for putting up a long and lengthy fight, but it was well worth the wait. Mr. Russell and his team fought all the way for me.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2014
Highly Recommended
I was very lucky to have the law firm of Russell & Lazarus take on my case with only 1 day to go before my statute of limitations would have expired, and I was very impressed that they were able to so quickly file a lawsuit on my behalf. As a result of their dedicated work, I ended up receiving 60% more from Mercury than I would have received if I had not contacted the law firm. During the whole process, they were extremely helpful in making sure the case went forward smoothly, and were most pleasant to have on my side. If I'm in need of a personal injury attorney again in the future, I would not hesitate to contact this law firm once more.
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Posted by Rick | June 5, 2014
Excellent representation!
Nice to have been taken care of so well. All I had to do was be patient and wait for the'Team' to settle my dispute! Thank you all for your hard work and patience with me!
Posted by Saundra (Sandy) | June 4, 2014
Glad you could help me !
When I fell all I wanted was my medical bills covered. The insurance company for where I fell, said they would cut me a check, an I would have to pay from that. I had no idea about anything so, a friend said get an attorney. I looked up Russell an the rest is history ! I had no worries the team he has took my calls, filled in any questions I had. Got me more than I would of gotten if I had never called. I would shout from mountains if needed to tell about how great this team of attorneys are. From the lady that answers the phone to the big guy himself I always felt like they knew me an cared. Everyone was very professional an yet never talked down to me or above me. I was treated with respect. An think if I needed an attorney again or anyone I know I will without a doubt go straight to Attorney C. Russell an his wonderful team. Rosie an Daniel are great an I feel like I have know them all for ever not just the two years it took for my case to settle ! Thank you is not enough to cover it all. In fact I am on S.S. an can only have X amount in bank an was in need of moving so Chris told me to let him know how much an where to an he would send the money to my Escrow place when needed. Now that is service above an beyond !! Thank you !! Sincerely S.K.Y. Gier (Sandy)
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Posted by John | February 11, 2014
Continued Appreciation
I was recently involved in an auto accident that I did not feel was my fault in the least. As a result of the crash, there were injuries incurred to myself along with extensive damages to my car. It was such a pleasure in dealing with Christopher Russell and his staff from the beginning. As a journalist I find that getting specific questions answered to my satisfaction is often difficult at best. Many times I have concluded, "No one will tell you the truth, you must search it out!" Russell & Lazarus, APC answered all my questions in detail and was very insightful regarding the outcomes of each step of the legal procedure. Following the timely settlement, I felt that Christopher Russell and his staff secured justice for me in both adequate financial compensation and in maintaining my reputation with my own insurance company, my employer and the community. These are truly amazing litigators. They're very good and I would, of course, recommend them to anyone. Very Sincerely Yours, John Irvine, Calif.
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Posted by Greg | March 12, 2013
A Lawyer for the People
I have known Chris Russell for the last 15 years. He has represented me twice. On the first occasion, I was a victim of a fraudulent collection agency. Chris immediately got the threatening phone calls to stop, and filed a formal report with the Better Business Bureau. Recently, Chris represented me in court for a traffic ticket. Chris successfully got the ticket removed and provided good follow-up throughout the process. Over the years, Chis has also provided invaluable knowledge about auto insurance to make sure that we have the right coverage. Chris has tremendous experience dealing with insurance companies and knows the most best amounts of insurance to carry. Without the help of Chris, I kwould be quite under-insured, not knowing I was at risk. Overall, Chris and his legal team were professional and provided good communcation, so that I knew my cases were being handled carefully. Chris knows how to deal with insurance companies and how to navigate through the difficult California legal system. I highly recommend Russell & Lazarus for personal legal issues and personal injury cases.
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Posted by Alex Madriaga D.V.M. | November 14, 2012
I appreciated the professional and personal way he handled my claim
Mr. Russell handled my difficult claim. He and Mr. Lazarus had more faith in the claim than I did. They worked hard and smart to obtain a very satisfactory outcome. As a veterinarian of over 40 plus years, I was not familiar with the personal injury claims process. I very much appreciated the professional way that he handled the claim but more importantly the way they treated me. I know I was a handful at times wanting the process to end. I can see now why many people just give up because the insurance companies don't want to give up their money easily with most attorneys wilting under the pressure. I am glad that they helped me to stay the course as it was the best thing for me and I could not be happier with the outcome.
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Posted by Erik | November 2, 2012
I was very happy with Russell & Lazarus and Mr. Russell
“I was very happy with the way Russell & Lazarus represented me, especially the attorney who was handling the claim at the end, Sher Beard, who would not take no for an answer. My phone calls were always returned promptly by Mr. Russell and his staff and when the other insurance company made a low ball offer, there was no hesitation on behalf of my attorneys to aggressively pursue the claim by filing a lawsuit. Once the lawsuit was filed and the defendant’s deposition was taken, an ultimatum was conveyed by Russell & Lazarus that if the policy limits were not offered on my claim, the case would go to trial. The ultimatum worked and soon thereafter they settled the claim for the six figures that had been requested. Not only did Russell & Lazarus give me great legal representation but they also helped me get the surgery I needed quickly instead of having to wait 6-7 months that it would have taken to have it done through my health insurance. I would not hesitate to recommend the law firm of Russell & Lazarus to anyone who has a serious personal injury claim. I can’t imagine a law firm doing any more than what they did for me.”
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Posted by Ryan | October 19, 2012
Christopher Russell and his team went above and beyond what I had expected.
After I was T-boned by a negligent truck driver exiting a shopping center. I hired Russell a week later, to represent my case. Not only did I receive the full attention of his staff, and found that he was dedicated not toward a quick resolution to the case but, to helping me being able overcome medical obstacles. Giving the care and time necessary to help the individual. I found that being represented by Christopher Russell a tremendous luxury, when compared to less than pleasant attorneys in the past. He listened to my concerns, understood what I had wanted, and effectually brought the outcome which we desired. I am more that pleased with Russell and his great team. Thank you, Russell and Sher. You have been a fantastic support.
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Posted by Dr. & Mrs. Edward Devlin of Huntington Beach | October 14, 2012
We were very pleased with how Mr. Russell handled our complicated claim.
"We were very pleased with how Mr. Russell handled our complicated claim that involved an injury sustained when a dog knocked down my wife and then soon after a man, too much in a hurry, rear ended our car at a high rate of seed injuring both my wife and I. We initially hired a large, well known law firm thinking we we were in good hands but after paying them close to $50,000 over 2 years with nothing to show for it, we elected to hire Mr. Russell. The difference in representation and results was a stark contrast. Not only were we able to communicate with Mr. Russell and his wonderful staff at all times but the results were outstanding and we were very pleased with the representation. So much so that if anyone would like to call me to discuss my experience with Mr. Russell, I have given permission to Mr. Russell to release my information upon request. As a medical doctor and former practicing attorney, my advice to anyone looking for a good law firm to represent them for a personal injury claim is to hire Mr. Russell's law firm, Russell & Lazarus."
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Russell & Lazarus, APC
  • 1984 - Present
  • Principal Attorney
  • Satin & Russell
  • 1984 - 1998


  • California Western SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Evans vs. Regan
  • $16,162,429
  • Hawkins vs. City of Anaheim
  • $7,200,000
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  • Better Business Bureau
  • Associate Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Board of Governors
  • 2012 - Present
  • Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
  • Associate Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • American Trial Lawyers Association chapter
  • Associate Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Associate Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles
  • Associate Member
  • 1990 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • French
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Newport Beach, CA
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Elite Trial Lawyers
  • National Law Journal
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • OC Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyer
  • OC Register Metro Magazine
  • 2014
  • 10/10
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • OC Top 10 Personal Injury Lawyer
  • OC Register Metro Magazine
  • 2013
  • Procurred multi million dollar settlements
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • Bad Faith Insurance Practices
  • Proposition 103
  • 2012
  • Know your rights
  • Had to handle your insurance claim
  • 2008
  • Career Day
  • What it takes to become a lawyer
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

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Given (31)
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Unknown Attorney | Oct 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | May 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Christopher. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"Chris has built a great law firm and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Russell & Lazarus team!"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a great advocate for his client. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Very knowledgeable!"
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am pleased to endorse Mr. Russell as an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury trial attorney. In particular, I have been following his written blogs and media. It is more than clear that Mr. Russell has a superior grasp of the important issues which affect injury victims on a regular basis. He has a solid understanding of insurance law which separates him from the majority of other personal injury lawyers practicing in his geographic area. I will not hesitate to refer my Orange County clients to him because I know that they would receive superior legal services."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Russell's contributions on in response to community questions has been superb. Six months ago, he answered a very speciffic question dealing with subpoena of medical records in a very professional and knowledgeable manner. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Chris is a responsible and intelligent person when it comes to the law. With roughly 30yrs of experience, he always has the best interest of his clients in mind. His aggressiveness is admirable and his commitment to justice is top notch. If I need a second pair of eyes on a personal injury matter, Chris would be one of the first people I call."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've had the pleasure of working together with Chris Russell on several personal injury litigation matters. To say that Mr. Russell is experienced in the field is an understatement. I've been nothing but impressed with his depth of knowledge and his ability to develop creative solutions to complex legal questions all while keeping the interests of the client at the forefront. If you happen to have had the misfortune of being injured due to the negligence of others, Chris Russell is definitely the man to call. Chris is a pleasure to work with and I highly recommend him."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked on several matters with Chris Russell, and his combination of experience, results and personability is second to none. Chris both has an incredible knowledge of every facet of personal injury practice, in addition to having a wonderful personality that allows him to gain the trust of his clients. His combination of skill and compassion for his clients has led him to great success in his field. In a case involving serious injuries to a client, there is no one I would trust more than Chris Russell to obtain a just result."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Christopher Russell is a lawyer's lawyer. Since 1984, Chris has focused his skill, energy and efforts to helping victims of personal injury and wrongful death. In addition to being an excellent and experienced lawyer, Chris is a warm and caring human being who places the best interest of his clients and family before his own. I share this information with you because in my opinion, these qualities are what make a good lawyer a GREAT lawyer! You want a lawyer who truly cares about you and who is able to appreciate, understand and communicate to an insurance company or jury, exactly how your injuries have impacted and changed your life forever. I've seen all these qualities in Chris, and more! I strongly suggest that your visit Chris' web site and watch the videos. Better yet, give Chris a call and get answers to all your legal questions today! -- Jon Mitchell Jackson/ Jackson & Wilson, Inc. (2009 Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year)"
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Russell has earned the respect of his fellow trial lawyers. I have nothing but the utmost respect for all of the positive and amazing results he has been able to accomplish, both in and out of the courtroom, over the years. Keep up the great work!"
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Christopher Russell for 30 plus years. There is no one more devoted to getting his clients fair compensation on personal injury claims than is Chris. With his 28 plus years of experience there is not a case he has not seen or circumstances he has not encountered in the context of a personal injury claim which makes him a deadly advocate on behalf of his clients. Chris is also a great member of the community as well contributing his time and money to causes related to personal injury issues. I highly endorse Christopher Russell. I have never endorsed an attorney previously for AVVO but this was a no brainer for me as Chris epitomizes all of what AVVO endorses in regards to the attorneys who are its members. I am sure is Chris is glad to be associated with AVVO and AVVO should be very happy to have Chris as one of its members."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have known Chris Russell for 19 years. Chris was initially my boss at one of the first law firms I worked at. Now I stay in touch with Chris usually in obtaining a second opinion on how to proceed in one of my cases at my firm. Chris brings to the table his 25+ years of legal experience. He has always represented the side of the consumer and has always done so zealously and with an eye to what is best for his client. If Chris believes in your claim, then he is in it to its resolution. I would recommend Chris Russell for any personal injury or wrongful death claim you or your family have. When you are going up against law firm financed by the insurance industry trying to diminish your claim you want a lawyer like Chris Russell on your side."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I find Chris Russell to be a zealous advocate, a consummate professional and a quality peer in the legal profession. Chris is a family man and is able to communicate effectively on a personal basis. I heartily recommend him on any personal injury matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 09
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Christopher Russell is a smart and aggressive personal injury lawyer who helps his clients obtain the best outcome for their cases. Christopher is a skilled trial attorney who has the respect of the insurance industry as well as the defense bar. I would wholeheartedly endorse Christopher Russell."
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