Heather Russell


Partner, Buckley Sandler

B.A., College of William and Mary
J.D., American University Washington College of Law


Ms. Russell spearheads Buckley Sandler’s Financial Institutions Regulation, Supervision & Technology (FIRST) practice. Prior to joining Buckley Sandler in 2016, Ms. Russell was executive vice president, chief legal officer & corporate secretary for Fifth Third Bancorp, the 12th largest US bank. Before that, she was global chief regulatory counsel at BNY Mellon, where she created and led the company’s global Office of Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs, managing the bank’s relationships with its regulators in 100 countries. Ms. Russell also spent five years with Bank of America, where she served as lead counsel for a number of the bank’s divisions, including Global Risk, Supervisory and Regulatory Relations, Deposit and Debit Products, Marketing, Privacy, Online and Mobile Banking, and Sales Practices. She previously practiced law for eight years at Skadden in its Washington, DC and London offices, focusing on bank regulatory, consumer financial services, international corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Russell received her BA from the College of William & Mary and graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law.

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