Russell Orban: Lawyer with Husch Blackwell LLP

Russell Orban

Of Counsel
Washington,  DC  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Development & Construction
  • Government Contracts
  • Public Policy
  • Regulatory & Government Affairs
  • State & Federal Regulatory Law
Contact InfoTelephone: 202.378.2328
Fax: 202.378.2319
University University of Kansas, B.S.B.A., 1973
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City, L.L.M., Taxation, 1978; University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 1976
Admitted1976, Missouri; 1976, Oklahoma; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Tax Court. (Not admitted in District of Columbia)

As a member of the Real Estate, Development & Construction team, Russell brings extensive contact with the federal government to his legal guidance and counsel. He spent more than 30 years on Capitol Hill working with federal agencies before joining the firm.

Russell served as general counsel for the Committee on Small Business for the U.S. House of Representatives from 2004 to 2011. His responsibilities included oversight of the Small Business Administration and other federal contract and procurement programs. He managed the committee's investigations and program audits, prepared committee hearings, drafted bills and amendments, and assisted in rules committee and House floor debates. Russell was subcommittee staff director and counsel from 1984 to 1992. During that time, he led the procurement subcommittee, which had jurisdiction over billions of dollars of federal acquisitions. The subcommittee also reauthorized and expanded the Small Business Innovation Research Program, a $2 billion effort to nurture new technology and move it into private manufacturing and production.

From 1995 to 2004, Russell was assistant chief counsel for the Office of the Chief Counsel for Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. During his tenure, he was responsible for preparing office positions on all legislative and regulatory tax policy issues, including regulatory challenges under the Regulatory Flexibility Act. He prepared comment letters on proposed administration policy statements and testimony for congressional hearings. Russell also participated in key national events, including the White House Conference on Small Business and the annual Securities and Exchange Commission's Small Business Capital Formation Forum.

Russell came to Washington in 1978 as a legislative assistant to U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri. In this role, he developed and implemented legislative strategy in issue areas, including tax, business, budget and financial services. He also coordinated the congressman's oversight and involvement with federal business development programs, appropriations and procurement contracts in Missouri.

Russell also served as the chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. In this position, he managed a staff of 20, including her Washington and district offices in the years before she was elected to the U.S. Senate.

Before his work with Congress, Russell was in private practice in Kansas City, Mo., and also with a law firm in Tulsa, Okla., from 1974 to 1978.

Awards and Recognitions
•Small Business Council of America Special Appreciation Award, 2011

• The Hon. William J. Peters, 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, 1977-1978

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9.27.13 Seeking Answers in Looming Government Shutdown
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5.06.11 Russ Orban Receives Small Business Council Special Appreciation Award
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3.21.11 Russell Orban Joins Husch Blackwell
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Courts Issue Conflicting Rulings on ACA Subsidies
Russell Orban, July 28, 2014
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has always faced tremendous challenges due to the sheer magnitude of both the changes it authorized and the people it will impact. Now two different Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal have made the law’s implementation even more difficult by...
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Russell Orban

750 17th Street, NW, Suite 900
WashingtonDC 20006


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