Gail Russell presently serves as Acting Secretary of the Public Protection Cabinet of Kentucky. Governor Bevin appointed her in June 2018, having served as Deputy Secretary of that cabinet since December 2015.
Prior thereto, Ms. Russell was a partner with the Louisville law firm of Goldberg Simpson, LLC. Her main areas of practice are Bankruptcy Law and Creditors’ Rights. She has been assigned an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. For several years Ms. Russell has been named through peer review as one of Louisville’s top bankruptcy lawyers by Louisville Magazine. Ms. Russell is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association.
Prior to joining Goldberg Simpson, Ms. Russell was a principal and partner at other local firms. Ms. Russell previously served as Estate Administrator for the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky.
A native of Murray, Kentucky, Ms. Russell graduated from the University of Mississippi (B.A. Degree with Highest Distinction) in 1976, and graduated from the University of Kentucky (J.D.) in 1979.
She has been admitted to practice law in the Courts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky, and the U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana.
Ms. Russell was appointed by Governor Fletcher to serve as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court and appointed by the Governor as a member of the Kentucky Arts Council. She was appointed by the Kentucky General Assembly and is presently serving as a member of the Commission on Uniform Laws. She presently serves as a member of the Visiting Committee of the University of Kentucky College of Law. She has also served as a member of the Jefferson County Ethics Commission.
Russell has also served as President of Excellence in Public Service, an organization that encourages women to actively participate in politics. Ms. Russell also participates in many civic, cultural, educational, and social organizations in the Louisville community. She has served as President of the Kiwanis Club of Louisville, Vice President of The Fillies, Inc., and a Board member of the Louisville Deaf Oral School, among other activities.