Biography

Russ is the Managing Principal of Beveridge & Diamond.

He helps global companies navigate international environmental regulatory regimes and product compliance. He served for over ten years as an international lawyer at the United States Department of State, representing the U.S. Government in designing, negotiating, or implementing most of the major multilateral environmental and oceans agreements. His experience and representative matters include: 

Chemicals, Substances in Articles, and Product-Related Environmental Compliance

  • Advises chemicals, pesticides, toy, and electronics companies on compliance with chemicals-related market access regulations, including Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH); Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS); and other national-level chemical and article import notification schemes. Works extensively on multijurisdictional projects involving complex market access and compliance challenges for chemical products overseas.
  • Advises companies and trade associations on regulatory requirements relating to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC) for trade in hazardous chemicals, and the Basel Convention on trade in hazardous waste. Conducts advocacy in these unique forums.
  • Represents companies on compliance and advocacy relating to regulatory requirements applicable to products containing or made with ozone-depleting substances under the Montreal Protocol and U.S. Clean Air Act.
  • Counsels and represents electronics importers on the U.S. excise tax on goods manufactured with ozone-depleting substances.
  • Advises on supply chain risk management relating to conflict minerals, raw materials, ethical sourcing, and human rights due diligence.
  • Counsels consumer product and manufacturing companies on the implementation of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule and related supply chain management issues.
  • Advises global clients on risk management relating to corporate due diligence, supply chain, and human rights, including United Nations Guiding Principles and disclosure requirements regarding forced labor in complex supply chains.

Biotechnology, Access and Benefit-Sharing, and Biodiversity

  • Advises consumer product, chemical, and ag-biotech companies on the global impact of the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-Sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity, including relevant due diligence strategies for genetic resources and products derived from genetic resources.
  • Advises ag-biotech companies regarding the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) product approvals, with a focus on multijurisdictional projects involving new technologies or emerging issues.
  • Represents and advises a global crop protection trade association on matters relating to the Rotterdam Convention.
  • Advises multinational agro-sciences companies on substance listings under the Rotterdam Convention and POPs treaties.
  • Counsels consumer product manufacturers on environmental due diligence and compliance implications of products derived from natural ingredients.
  • Advises companies on domestic and international illegal logging initiatives.

Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, and Geoengineering

  • Advises multinational corporations on the implications of climate change and energy efficiency measures at state and federal levels.
  • Advises the airline industry on a broad range of climate change-related issues.

Oceans Law and Marine Pollution

  • Served as legal adviser or negotiator to U.S. delegations in numerous multilateral oceans-related forums, including deep seabed mining regulations at the International Seabed Authority; meeting of the States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS); marine pollution agreements at the International Maritime Organization (IMO); negotiation of the UNESCO Convention on Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage; and the Protocol on Land-Based Sources of Marine Pollution.
  • Counseled a leading company pursuing ocean iron fertilization as a tool for long-term carbon sequestration, including input on measures under review in the London Convention/London Protocol.
  • Counseled a leading company engaged in archaeologically sensitive exploration and recovery of deep-water shipwrecks.
  • Advised companies regarding compliance with Antarctic Treaty System agreements.
  • Advised a non-governmental organization on the identification of vessels engaged in illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing.

Education

  • Cornell University  (A.B., 1989)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard University  (J.D., magna cum laude, 1993)
    • Harvard Law Review (1991-1993)

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania

Clerkships

  • The Hon. Judith Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court – District of Columbia

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of International Law (Former member, Executive Council)
  • Member, Board of Governors, Washington Foreign Law Society
  • Adjunct Professor, American University's Washington College of Law ("International Business and the Environment")

Community Involvement

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Capitol Chapter (2010-2015)