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Russell R. Johnson III - Haymarket, VA

14890 Washington St.First Floor Haymarket, VA 20169

Updated: 05/16/2017

Haymarket Bankruptcy Lawyer


An experienced bankruptcy attorney and frequent lecturer on utility bankruptcy law issues who represents numerous utility companies in federal bankruptcy, district and courts of appeal across the United States on issues ranging from claims, termination of service, theft of service, preference and fraudulent conveyance litigation, post-petition security, executory and forward contract issues and Chapter 9 bankruptcies...

About Russell R. Johnson III

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Managing Partner

Practice Areas

  • Bankruptcy 95%
  • Creditors' Rights 5%


  • 75%

Representative Clients

  • American Electric Power
  • AVANGRID Companies
  • CenterPoint Energy, Inc. Companies
  • Dominion Resources Companies
  • Eversource Energy Companies
  • Exelon Companies
  • FirstEnergy Corp. Companies
  • National Grid Companies
  • Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
  • Southern California Edison Company


Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Virginia, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania, 2015
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia, 1990
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Virginia, 1991

Other Affiliations

  • Virginia State Bar (Member)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute, 1993 - 2017 (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • Speaker on numerous topics at the Third Through Twenty-Second Annual Utility Bankruptcy Conferences
  • Treatment Of Forward Contracts Under The United States Bankruptcy Code, Midwest Energy Association Legal Affairs Roundtable, October 1999
  • Customers In Crisis: The Protections And Remedies Afforded Customers And Utilities Under The United States Bankruptcy Code, Indiana State Bar Association, November 2008
  • Credit Strategies To Address Customer Accounts Prior To And During Bankruptcy Court Proceedings, American Gas Association Legal Forum, July 2009
  • Summary of ABI Commission Report Reform of Chapter 11: Recommendations Affecting Utilities, National Association of Credit Management, International Utilities Group, 2015

Pro Bono Activities

  • Assistant Soccer Coach, Goochland Middle School and for Powhatan Soccer Association (U13), 2016 - 2017
  • Chair, Outreach Committee at St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Goochland, VA, 2015 - 2017

Past Positions

  • Hunton & Williams, Associate, 1990 - 1995
  • The Law Office of James D. Kepley , Of Counsel, 1995 - 1996
  • Law Offices of Russell R. Johnson III , Sole Proprietor, 1996 - 2009
  • Marlin Integrated Capital Holdings and Affiliates, Of Counsel, 2000 - 2005
  • Law Firm of Russell R. Johnson III, PLC, Managing Partner, 2009 - 2017


  • University of Richmond, School of Law, Richmond, Virginia
    J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: National Moot Court Team, McNeill Law Society
    Law Review: Associate Editor, University of Richmond Law Review
  • Indiana University, Indiana, Pennsylvania
    B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    Honors: summa cum laude


Published Works

  • Adequate Assurance of Payment for Utilities Under 11 U.S.C. 366(b), The Need for a Legislative Solution, 4 Virginia Bankruptcy Law and practice, Nov/Dec., 1994

Office Information


14890 Washington St.First Floor Haymarket, VA 20169


  • 804-749-8862



  • Outstanding Public Service Award, The Indiana County Alumni Chapter, IUP, 1987
  • Outstanding Utility Practitioner Award, Seventh Annual Utiity Bankruptcy Conference, 1998

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