Jennings Haug Cunningham Partner Russell Yurk Appointed to NFL’s Officiating Leadership Team

PHOENIX (May 11, 2017) – Jennings Haug Cunningham congratulates Russell Yurk, who has been a partner with the firm since 2013, on his appointment to the National Football League (NFL) as Vice President of Instant Replay and Administration as part of the organization’s restructured Officiating Leadership Team.

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Along with practicing law at Jennings Haug Cunningham, Yurk spent the past seven years as an NFL instant replay official, after working as an on-field official for 10 years at the high school and college level. An instant replay expert, Yurk assisted in authoring the replay section of the NFL Referee’s Manual for the past two years.

As Vice President of Instant Replay and Administration, Yurk will direct the NFL’s instant replay operations in the Art McNally GameDay Central room at the NFL’s headquarters in New York. He also will oversee all instant replay-related personnel. In addition, he will be responsible for officiating administration, including supervising operational aspects of scheduling and logistics, as well as the training and development of instant replay personnel. Yurk will report directly to Alberto Riveron, the NFL’s new Senior Vice President of Officiating.

Yurk’s practice focused on professional liability, lawyer discipline, and complex civil litigation. He regularly represented lawyers and other professionals in professional liability and discipline matters. He also served 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, was an adjunct professor of law at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and was a contributing author of Arizona Legal Ethics Handbook (3d edition). Yurk will be departing the firm, and relocating to New York at the end of the month.

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