Russell R. Yurk

Russell R. Yurk

Russell R Yurk
Phoenix, Arizona

Mr. Yurk is an AV-rated lawyer whose practice focuses on professional liability, lawyer discipline, and complex civil litigation. He regularly represents lawyers and other professionals in professional liability and discipline matters.

Mr. Yurk serves on the Arizona Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, and was a long-time member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. He has spoken at more than 80 seminars on professional conduct and ethics, is an adjunct professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and is a contributing author of Arizona Legal Ethics Handbook (3d edition).

In his spare time, Mr. Yurk works as a Replay Official with the National Football League.

Mr. Yurk has earned the AV Rating with Martindale Hubbell®.

Representative Engagements:

  • Regularly provides counsel and represent attorneys on claims of professional negligence and in State Bar disciplinary matters
  • Regularly represent professionals and corporations regarding professional negligence and civil rights claims
  • Represented applicants to State Bar of Arizona regarding character and fitness applications
  • Represented government attorneys against claims of professional misconduct
  • Represented manufacturers and sellers in products liability actions
  • Represented property owners regarding environmental, regulatory, and property remediation claims
  • Represented governmental entities in civil rights class action lawsuits

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


Arizona State University, College of Law, J.D., 1998
Jurimetrics: The ABA Journal of Law, Science and Technology (Articles Editor)
Honors: Dean's Award, Pedrick Scholar

Northwestern University B.A., 1990 (Economics)
Honors: Dean's List

Published Works

  • Monthly column on lawyer ethics, Maricopa Lawyer (2014-Present)
  • How to Fight a Legal Grievance for (June 2015)
  • The Ever-Present Joint Representation Conundrum, DRI Professionalism Perspectives (May 2014)
  • When Does Another Lawyer’s Unethical Conduct Become Your Problem, For The Defense (Oct. 2013)
  • What To Do When Your Witness’ Testimony Doesn’t Match His or Her Declaration (Seminar Materials), DRI (March 2013)
  • Avoiding the Ethical Pitfalls of Joint Representation (Seminar Materials), DRI (Sept. 2012)


  • 10 Deadly Sins of Conflicts, State Bar of Arizona (2011, 2015)
  • Ahh! The Pitfalls (of Joint Representation), Planned Giving Round Table of Arizona (2014)
  • Arizona College of Trial Advocacy, State Bar of Arizona (2013)
  • Attorneys’ Ethical Responsibility to Report Misconduct, DRI (2012)
  • Avoiding the Ethical Pitfalls of Joint Representation, DRI (2012)
  • Braving the Storm: Dealing with Opposing Counsel and the Court, State Bar of Arizona (2016)
  • Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Ethical Considerations for Lawyers in Transition, State Bar of Arizona (2014)
  • Conflicts: A Comparison of European, UK and US Standards, APRL (2016)
  • Conflicts and Confidentiality, Law Firm In-House Seminar (2007-2011)
  • Course on Professionalism, State Bar of Arizona (2008-2016)
  • Dial "E" for Ethics, State Bar of Arizona (2012, 2014)
  • Ethical Pitfalls for Estate Planners and Probate Practitioners – Joint Responsibility, MCBA (2015)
  • Ethical Trends Today, State Bar of Arizona (2008-2014)
  • Ethics 911: Inside the Ethics Hotline, State Bar of Arizona (2007-2010)
  • Ethics and Professionalism for Administrative Law Judges, ADOT (2015)
  • Ethics Café, State Bar of Arizona (2008-2012)
  • Ethics from the In-House Counsel Perspective (moderator), DRI (2011)
  • Ethics Issues in the Internet Age, USLAW (2011)
  • Ethics Issues in Trust and Estate Planning, MCBA (2016)
  • Ethics of Technology, AADC (2015)
  • Ethics Rules Update: Ethics 20/20 Amendments, State Bar of Arizona (2014)
  • Firm Succession: Why You Need a Plan, MCBA (2014)
  • Five Ws (and an H) of Reporting Unethical Conduct, DRI (2012)
  • Going Paperless, DRI (2014)
  • Issues in Joint Representation, Arizona PRIMA (2012)
  • Keep Both Hands on the Wheel, State Bar of Arizona (2005)
  • Land Use Seminar, Ethics, State Bar of Arizona (2009)
  • Litigation Basics: Ethics Issues Concerning Third-Party Payors and Joint Representation, AADC (2012)
  • Medical Marijuana Update, State Bar of Arizona (2011)
  • Pitfalls of Joint Representation, State Bar of Arizona (2014)
  • Resolving Conflicts of Interest, Minority Bar Convention, State Bar of Arizona (2013)
  • Risk Management Seminar, CNA Insurance (2010)
  • So What’s Wrong with That?, Bar Leadership Institute, State Bar of Arizona (2013-2016)
  • Staying out of the Quicksand, NALS of Arizona (2015)
  • Technology and E-Discovery in Construction Cases, State Bar of Arizona (2014)
  • Views from the Bench and the Bar: Understanding Complex Litigation and the Commercial Court, State Bar of Arizona (2015)
  • What To Do When Your Witness’ Testimony Doesn’t Match His or Her Declaration, DRI (2013)
  • What You Don’t Know That You Don’t Know About Ethics, Arizona Paralegal Association (2014)
  • What’s Trending in Lawyer Ethics, MCBA (2015)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Center for Professional Responsibility
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • DRI, Task Force on Alternative Business Structures; Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee (Immediate Past Chair); Professional Liability Committee
  • Maricopa County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Arizona, Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct (Member, 2004-2016)

Pro Bono Activities

  • Arizona Association of Defense Counsel, Pro Bono Consultant, Lawyer Discipline

Community Involvement:

  • Trainer, high school and youth football officials
  • Pat's Run, Team Leader (2012-2013)