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Russell J. Schwartz

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Russell Schwartz has been with Horack Talley since 1982, from a new associate, to a member of the practice management committee, to his current role of counsel. The firm regularly calls upon his business-minded perspective on the law and hands-on management knowledge.

His private practice experience has included employment and business law, commercial real estate, land use and zoning, and litigation. He has represented broadcasters, cable systems, television programming producers, real estate developers, and other clients with rezoning, subdivision and variance issues. Russell is an authority at working with bureaucracy from local government to the Federal Communications Commission.

From September 2009 through May 2015, Russell held the position of chief operating officer/vice president of administration of United Way of Central Carolinas, where his unique combination of legal, management, media and marketing experience was put to work for the community. In that capacity, he oversaw human relations, finance, IT and other business activities; contributed to media relations; managed outside counsel relationships; negotiated vendor and tenant contracts; and actively participated in fundraising and fundraising strategy for the United Way’s $22.5 million budget. Currently, he serves as senior adviser to the United Way of Central Carolinas. 

Prior to that, Russell was senior vice president and general counsel for Bahakel Communications, a Charlotte-based radio and television broadcaster with operations in five states. During his 10 years in that role, he managed relationships with outside counsel and oversaw real estate and station acquisitions and sales, compliance with complex broadcasting operations and advertising sales regulations, and the myriad of corporate and employment law issues inherent in managing a 500-employee business.

Phone (704) 716-0837
Fax (704) 372-2619

 

Practices

Education

J.D., Duke University School of Law, 1982

B.A., Political Science, University of South Carolina, 1979, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude

Admissions

North Carolina, 1982

South Carolina, 1982

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