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About Russell Duty

Russell Duty

Early Years

Russell Duty was born on September 15, 1966 in the small coal mining town of Grundy, Virginia. Russell’s father and grandfathers earned their living as coal miners. His father allowed him to do small chores at the mines on the weekend to teach Russell the value of hard work. Russell graduated from highschool at the age of 17 in 1984.


After highschool, Russell attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky where he helped pay for his education by performing various jobs ranging from Janitor to Assistant Director of Campus Activities. Russell was the student body vice-president during his senior year. He was a member of the Omicron Delta Epsilon International Economic Honor Society and received the Weather-Hammond Award for Appalachia Literature. Russell graduated from Berea College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

Law School

Russell attended Washington & Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia with the assistance of scholarships. To supplement his income during law school, Russell worked as a waiter and as a legal clerk during the summers. Russell was a mock trial finalist and a volunteer at the local legal aide clinic assisting those less fortunate with legal problems. Russell graduated from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1991 with a Juris Doctorate.

After school Russell worked as a production worker in a plastics plant and as a laborer in a poultry processing plant prior to entering the military.

Military Service

After being admitted to the Kentucky Bar, Russell entered the U. S. Army as a JAGC Officer in 1992. Upon completion of the U.S. Army JAGC School, he was assigned to the 16th Cavalry Regiment and later to the 194th Armor Brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky. While at Fort Knox, he held the positions of Legal Assistance Attorney, Prosecutor and Legal Advisor for the Law Enforcement Command, Personal Confinement Facility and the Regional Correctional Facility. Russell also held the position of special assistant U.S. Attorney being responsible for prosecuting civilians in U.S. District Court whom committed crimes on Fort Knox. Russell obtained the rank of Captain. Russell had the honor of being awarded the Army Accommodation Medal by Colonel Braddock of the 194th Armor Brigade in 1994. After leaving active duty, Russell continued to serve his country in the U.S. Army Reserve for a short period.

Civilian Employment

In 1995, Russell became a staff attorney for the Kentucky Workers’ Compensation Board where he was responsible for drafting opinions in appellate cases for the Board Member’s review. Shortly after obtaining the staff attorney position, Russell was hired by the Law Firm of Sheffer – Hoffman to do workers’ compensation defense work for employers and insurance companies. Russell left Sheffer-Hoffman in 1998 to form a separate firm where he has practiced a variety of law which includes; personal injury, workers’ compensation, bankruptcy, social security, wills & estates, real estate, divorce, custody, criminal and general litigation. He has also been an adjunct professor at Brescia College teaching Business Law in the core curriculum.

Community Service

Russell has been active in the Owensboro, Kentucky Community since his arrival in 1995. He has served as a Membership Chair, Board Member, Vice-President, and President of the Owensboro Lions Club. He was Lion of the Year for 2002/2003 and was honored by Lions International by being named a Melvin Jones Fellow in 2005. He is a past member of the Contact Club and Small Business Committee within the Owensboro Chamber of Commerce. Russell is a graduate of the 2002 Grayson County Leadership Class. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association.

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