About Russell Karnes

Russell J. Karnes is a Shareholder at Mallery, s.c. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Russ has substantial trial and appellate experience, and has a diverse civil litigation practice focused on real estate, property tax assessment appeals, contract and business disputes, quiet title actions, foreclosure and title insurance litigation, misrepresentation claims, collection actions, and municipal law. He also assists clients in their business, estate planning and real estate transactions.

Russ is a proud Milwaukee native and dedicated to serving the community. He also believes that his clients are best served when they can relate to their attorney on a personal level. He strives to use his extensive experience in complex civil litigation to provide practical and effective legal representation to his clients.

Russ graduated from Marquette University Law School in 2010 where he was a member of the Dean’s List. He also graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003 with a B.A. in History. Russ is licensed to practice law in Wisconsin and has made court appearances in nearly every County in the State. He is also admitted to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern and Western District Courts of Wisconsin, the Northern, Southern and Central District Courts of Illinois, the Northern and Southern District Courts of Indiana, and the Menominee Tribal Courts. Russ is a graduate of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s G. Lane Ware Leadership Academy.

When he’s not serving his clients, Russ enjoys spending time with his family, especially his three daughters. He also enjoys taking trips to Wisconsin’s Northwoods, cycling, boating and brewing beer.

Bar Admissions

  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • Menominee Tribal Courts

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Business Law
  • Civil Litigation

Professional Activities & Community Involvement

  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Board of Governors, 2023
  • Milwaukee Young Lawyers Association, Board Member, 2017
  • Milwaukee Bar Association, Member


  • Marquette University Law School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • J.D. – 2010
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
    • B.A. – 2003
    • Major: History

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized with 2023 Mobile Legal Clinic Volunteer Jon Allen Pace Setter Award
  • Named in “2022 Best Lawyers in America” for Business Organizations (Including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Lead Counsel Verified
  • Named 2020 “Leader in the Law” by the Wisconsin Law Journal
  • Named one of the “Best Lawyers” for Business Organizations (Including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2018 – 2021

Pro Bono Activities

  • MBA Golf Committee
  • Mobile Legal Clinic Volunteer
  • Meta House Advisory Council


Classes / Seminars

  • Handling Property Tax Objections & Appeals in the times of COVID-19
  • Business Interrupted: COVID-19 Insurance Coverage Issues
  • Coronavirus Impact on Commercial Leases


  • Zealous: Real Estate Hurdles and How to Avoid Them
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To reach Russell, send him an email at rkarnes@mallerysc.com or call him directly at 414-224-8735.