It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved friend and colleague, Russ Rogers. He was a vice chair of the firm’s Business Litigation practice and the former Partner-in-Charge of Thompson Hine’s Atlanta office. Russ died suddenly and unexpectedly on August 21, 2018.
Russ, who was 53 years old, leaves behind his wife, Paula; his son, Thayer; his father, James; his brothers, David and Brian; and hundreds of friends.
“Today we have lost a part of what makes Thompson Hine a special Firm,” said Managing Partner Deborah Read. “Russ contributed mightily to the Firm’s camaraderie, positive culture and excellence in service. As its leader for six years, he played a significant role in helping us grow the Atlanta office to the force that it is today.”
Russ joined Thompson Hine in 2007 and was a highly effective trial lawyer, handling complex commercial disputes for many of the Firm’s significant clients. A recent case representative of the sensitive matters he handled was an action litigated concurrently in courts of the country of Lebanon and in federal court in New York.
While he relished any opportunity in court, Russ really enjoyed using his litigation experience to counsel clients on new and best practices that paralleled their business plans and kept them out of disputes in the first place. Providing this training to the employees of one of his longtime clients was in fact what he was doing on his last day.
Russ’s characteristic kindness left an indelible impression on his colleagues throughout the Firm. On the Sunday before he passed, “Russ came into the office and took three hours of work off of my plate so I could go to a soccer game with my daughter and go for a run with one of my sons. I did not ask him to do that. He just did it and then told me not to come back to the office. That is who Russ was,” said Tim McDonald, Thompson Hine’s Office Partner-in- Charge in Atlanta. “His dedication to his clients, colleagues and family was inspiring, and he is already greatly missed.”
One of Russ’ greatest talents was mentoring younger lawyers. He assisted many in learning their craft and was an accessible and model teacher.
Russ Rogers was an extraordinary lawyer and a better person. Thompson Hine was fortunate to have him as part of our Firm for just 11 years. We are better for Russ having been a part of us.