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Kerr Russell’s allegiance to Detroit dates back to our founding in 1874, well before the city assumed its place as one of the country’s primary hubs for business, culture, finance and transportation. Our founders and early partners helped guide Detroit to prominence; today, our firm and our later generations of attorneys remain steadfast in our loyalty to the people and the institutions of our great city and the state of Michigan.
Kerr Russell has long been designated a “Michigan Centennial Business,” an honor awarded by the Michigan Historical Society for ‘providing continuous service to the people of Michigan and for contributions to the growth and vitality of our state.’ As one of Michigan’s oldest law firms, we accept this distinction with pride. However, we are ever-mindful of our profound responsibility to support the community that has provided so much to us and to our families for nearly 150 years.
The list of charitable, cultural, civic and legal organizations Kerr Russell supports financially and through innumerable hours of volunteer and pro bono service is long and notable. We choose to highlight only a few here, as representative examples of our established and continued interest in the welfare and well-being of our friends and neighbors:
- Our lawyers have held or currently hold positions of leadership within local, state and national bar associations. Two of our attorneys sit on the State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, a policymaking body formed in 1971 by the Michigan State Bar Board of Commissioners. Positions on the Assembly are prestigious appointments, reflecting an attorney’s high ethical standards and his or her ability to represent diverse viewpoints in deciding matters of policy for the state bar.
- Many of our attorneys devote their time and expertise to charitable and community endeavors, including advising non-profit boards that provide a range of services and funding to assist our city and state’s underserved populations.
- The firm has won many awards for pro bono service, including the State Bar of Michigan's 2014 Circle of Excellence at the Excellence Level, among others.
- Kerr Russell is heavily involved with The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, which for 30 years has worked to make positive, long-term change to enhance the lives of people in the southeast region of our state.