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Will Russell

BA, MMM, JD - Sport Lawyer

Will started his legal career at a mid-sized law firm in Halifax in 2014, working with a leading labour and employment group. Will has experience in a wide range of practice areas, with a specific focus on employment, advocacy, and governance matters. Will regularly represents clients in court, at mediation, and at arbitration in a variety of forums.

Will joined Sport Law in 2021 to help our clients navigate employment issues, manage investigations, elevate governance, and resolve disputes. Will’s knowledge and experience in dispute resolution, including as an arbitrator and mediator, are enhanced by his collaborative and supportive nature.   He believes in working through conflict in an equitable manner that stays true to an organization’s core values and respects people’s dignity.

Will moved to the Maritimes in 2006 to study at Mount Allison University (BA, 2010). While spending his summers working on a Search and Rescue crew with the Canadian Coast Guard, Will fell in love with the East Coast. After graduating from Mount Allison, Will completed degrees at Dalhousie University (MMM, 2011) and University of New Brunswick (JD, 2014). At law school, Will served as the President of the Law Student Society, representing the student body through a contentious faculty strike. He was active on the national stage during these years, serving as a founding member of the CBA Law Students Section.

Will completed the Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards in Tribunals Certificate through Osgoode Hall Law School in 2020.

Growing up in the shadow of Parliament Hill in Chelsea Quebec, Will competed in numerous sports, including biathlon, soccer, rugby, sailing, basketball, and snowboarding, when not exploring the Gatineau Hills with his two younger brothers. Will represented Quebec at the Canada Games and Nationals in rugby, winning multiple championships at the university and club level as both a player and a coach.

Will is involved with several volunteer initiatives, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Progress Club – Halifax, acting as counsel at the Halifax Refugee Clinic as well as establishing and running a youth rugby program at his local rugby club. Most weekends he is out sailing or surfing with his family.

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