Russell A. Willis III, J.D., LL.M.

Russ works as a freelance paralegal consultant with nonprofits, donors, and their advisors in structuring charitable contributions of closely held business and real property interests, so as to serve the mutual advantage of all parties.  He also provides legal research and advice on income and transfer tax planning more generally.

For more than 10 years, Russ was a writer and editor for a subscription website that provided daily coverage and in-depth analysis of developments in tax law affecting charitable gift planning.  He has spoken at any number of national and regional conferences, and to local planned giving roundtables, community foundations, and bar associations.  Some of his recent papers are posted to this site.

Russ earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Indiana University in Bloomington and a master’s in English from the University of Chicago.  He earned a J.D. at St. Louis University and a second master’s degree in taxation law at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

A transportational bicyclist and sometime bike mechanic, Russ was a founding board member of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation and chaired its policy and advocacy committee before moving to Portland in 2008 to live car-free.