Erin Russell started her legal career in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia working for large law firms representing major transportation and manufacturing clients. The experience working for some of the most talented attorneys in these fields was invaluable. However, representing big corporations who could afford many, many lawyers in litigation over truck crashes and product liability claims wasn’t Erin’s true calling. She was always interested in emerging technologies and intellectual property issues as she watched as the technology was changing the arts and vice versa. She became eager to start her own practice. One in which she could cultivate her interest in arts and technology and represent individual clients on a more personal basis.

The Russell Firm opened in 2009. Since then, Erin Russell has represented thousands of BitTorrent subpoena and copyright infringement targets in cases across America. She defended more than 100 people in the fraudulent copyright litigation scheme perpetrated by Prenda Law and its principals and obtained a $500,000 judgment against Prenda in its wrongful defamation case brought against some of its victims.

Erin Russell

Erin K RussellErin Russell is the owner and manager of The Russell Firm. She maintains a national intellectual property, technology and privacy litigation practice that includes, among other intellectual property, technology and privacy matters, defending alleged BitTorrent downloaders and subpoena targets in mass BitTorrent cases in both federal and state courts. Ms. Russell was born in Madison, Wisconsin and grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She has lived in Chicago for most of her adult life, except for the five years she spent living and practicing law in Atlanta, Georgia.

Erin has 13 years of litigation experience. She represents non-party subpoena targets and John Doe defendants in cases in federal courts throughout the country. She provides consultation and representation to subpoena targets in downloader and BitTorrent cases, filing motions to quash and motions for protective orders to protect Internet subscribers from abusive litigation tactics. She also represents individuals in defamation and privacy litigation, and cases involving online communications.

Erin is licensed to practice law in the States of Illinois and Georgia and is admitted to the United States District Courts of the Northern District of Illinois, Central District of Illinois, Northern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, Eastern District of Wisconsin, Western District of Wisconsin, Western District of Michigan and District of Colorado. She is also admitted to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

Erin is one of the most experienced BitTorrent subpoena defense attorneys in the country. She was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2006, 2009 and again in 2014. She supports animal rescues, including One Tail at a Time in Chicago, and is a dog owner and enthusiast.


Juris Doctor, 2004

B.A., Political Science, Public Administration, 2001

Bar Admissions

  • Georgia, Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Western District of Wisconsin
  • Northern District of Georgia
  • Middle District of Georgia
  • District of Colorado
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

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