Retired District Court Judge Robert H. Russell, II brings to LADR 26 years of experience serving on the bench in Arapahoe County, 14 of which were as a district court judge. His practice focuses primarily on resolving conflicts in family law matters, including mediation relating to divorce and child custody. He is also available for settlement conferences, case consultation, and special master and judge pro tem appointments.
Bob graduated from college with a degree in psychology and sociology. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force first as a Munitions and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Officer. After completing law school, he was assigned to the Judge Advocate’s Department and served in multiple capacities as a Judge Advocate prior to retirement.
In 1985, Bob became a Deputy District Attorney in the Eighteenth Judicial District. He was selected to become a Magistrate on October 25, 1985. Governor Roy Romer appointed Bob a County Judge in June 1989. As a County Judge, Bob heard traffic, misdemeanor and civil jury trials. He also heard felony trials while sitting specially as a district judge. Governor Romer appointed Bob a District Court Judge in 1998. Although he has spent the majority of his district court tenure on the domestic bench, he has completed one criminal rotation where he was assigned a three-defendant death penalty case.
Bob is an active member of Saint Martin’s in the Field Episcopal Church and the Minoru Yasui American Inn of Court.
Bob knows that balance and fairness are always paramount in the resolution of any dispute. In family matters, he begins by minimizing the effect of the dissolution on children. If the parties are in dispute, the children of the parties are at risk. In his experience, children often believe that the dissolution is their fault. Bob works to protect the children by trying not subjecting them to a tug of war. He helps the parties understand that they will be parents and grandparents after the dissolution and need to focus on the long term stability and good will needed to provide loving homes and parents for the children. Bob’s second concern is being fair. Because people differ on the definition of a fair settlement, Bob works with parties to help them either define or accept a neutral evaluation of a fair resolution to the situation. Underlying all of his work is a profound commitment to respecting all parties and promoting civility in the resolution process.
Colorado Bar Association; Past Regional Vice President and Board of Governors
Arapahoe County Bar Association; Past President
Sam Cary Bar Association; Past President
Minoru Yasui Inn of Court
Areas of Practice
Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediation, arbitration, settlement conferences and special master appointments. Bob is also available for case consultation and appointment as judge pro tem, (C.R.S. 13-3-111).
University of Missouri-Kansas City, B.A.
University Of Puget Sound School Of Law, J.D.
Presenter/Panelist, Evidentiary Issues Unique to Family Law Litigation Including Child Hearsay. Continuing Legal Education Seminar (October, 2011).
Presenter/Panelist, Evidentiary Practicum for Family Lawyer. Continuing Legal Education Seminar, (May, 2011).
Organizer/Presenter, “What Works” Conference for District Judges and Family Court Facilitators. Continuing Legal Education Seminar (March, 2011).
Panelist, Separate Property Issues in Arriving at Equitable Property Division. Continuing Legal Education Seminar (August, 2010)
Presentation, Panel Discussion on Children of Divorce, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Continuing Legal Education Seminar (December, 2008).
Presentation, Pleading and Proving Contempt in Dissolution Proceedings. Colorado Bar Association Family Law Institute (August 2008).
Presentation, Pleading and Proving Contempt in Dissolution Proceedings. Arapahoe County Bar Association (November 2007).
Presentation, Valuing Assets in Dissolution Proceedings. Colorado State Judicial Conference (September 2007).
Presentation, Do’s and Don’ts of Domestic Relations Trials. Colorado Bar Association/ Continuing Legal Education (June 2007).
Presentation, Judicial Selection and Retention. Heather Gardens Kiwanis Club, as part of state-wide effort sponsored by Commission on Independence of the Judiciary (May 1998).
Honors and Awards
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (Denver Chapter) Distinguished Jurist Award (2012)
Seattle University BALSA Chapter Distinguished Alumni Award (2012)
Metro-Denver Interdisciplinary Committee, President’s Award (2009)
Colorado Judicial Institute Judicial Excellence Award (2008)