Russell Killen focuses his practice in the area of construction and land development, including dispute resolution, contract negotiation, and project entitlement. He counsels clients through the complete life cycle of development, from entitlement through construction and the final resolution of any disputes. Russell's national and international clients include universities, real estate developers, hospitals, hotels, homebuilders, product manufacturers, architectural and engineering firms, and general contractors. He regularly presents seminars on risk management, project entitlement, advanced contract negotiation, and project delivery methods.
He represents clients involved in complex construction projects, including contract negotiations, scheduling and delay claims, construction defect claims, retaining wall and foundation failures, mold and indoor air quality claims, lien claims, and payment disputes.
Russell negotiates and drafts construction contracts for clients throughout the country and internationally. His experience includes EPC contracts, design-build contracts, and multiyear multiphase projects. His focus on developing and implementing specific solutions for each project helps his clients avoid many of the customary pitfalls associated with construction projects.
Finally, his extensive experience and contacts in the municipal arena provide his clients a unique perspective and benefit in connection with land use and zoning matters, where he regularly represents commercial, multifamily, resort, and residential developers.
Russell served as mayor of the Town of Knightdale from 2007 to 2015 and was president of the Wake County Mayors Association in 2011 and 2015. He served as an interim member of the Knightdale Town Council in 2019 and previously served as a councilor from 2003 to 2007.