Career Highlights

  • Chairman, Judicial Nominating Commission, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
  • Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Section, Boston Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, Suffolk University
  • Clerk, Massachusetts Superior Court

E. Macey Russell JD’83

Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP, Boston, Massachusetts

“Ride the subway from Cambridge to Dorchester,” Macey Russell advises law students. “An effective lawyer must have equal ability to understand and communicate with the people who get on and off all along the way. You can't disregard half the people in the jury box.”

This lesson mirrors Russell’s own life experience. He has moved among worlds—from the working-class city of Brockton, Mass., to the sleek corridors of one of Boston's top law firms—and his own ride was often bumpy.

Russell was the only African American male in his Suffolk Law class of 500 and one of the few blacks entering corporate law in Boston in the early 1980s. He persevered by bonding with his study group and a bunch of guys who played basketball every Friday—and he worked very, very hard. Importantly, he found a life-changing mentor in Professor Russ Murphy JD’73, who offered him a summer job with the Council on Legal Education Opportunity.

“Through that, everything came together, from an internship in the Suffolk County DA’s office to a Massachusetts Superior Court clerkship,” Russell says.

Today, Russell is focused on giving back.

“The most rewarding aspect of my work is getting great results for my clients,” he says. “But I’m also passionate about social matters, particularly diversity issues. I came along when law firms were in the early stages of integration, and now I’m in a position to further help that effort.”