Russell Yurk, an attorney with Jennings, Haug & Cunningham, has been appointed to chair the Defense Research Institute (DRI) Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Yurk served as the vice-chair of the committee. His two-year term as Chair commenced earlier this month at DRI’s Annual Meeting.
Mr. Yurk’s legal practice focuses on professional liability, lawyer discipline and complex civil litigation. For more than 15 years, Mr. Yurk has represented lawyers and other professionals in professional liability and discipline matters. In addition to his professional liability practice, Yurk maintains an active practice in complex civil litigation, representing clients in large-exposure cases involving product liability, commercial, contract, class action, business tort and environmental claims.
DRI is an international membership organization serving defense attorneys and in-house counsel by providing access to resources and tools for attorneys. The DRI Professionalism and Ethics Committee strives to address continually changing and challenging ethical issues faced by lawyers, and provides advice to its membership.
Yurk also is an active member of the State Bar of Arizona’s Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct; he serves as a judge pro tem of the Superior Court of the State of Arizona, Maricopa County; serves as a Pro Bono Consultant on Lawyer Discipline Matters for the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel; and regularly conducts seminars for the legal community on ethics and professionalism.
In addition to his law practice, Yurk is a replay official for the National Football League.
In 1998, Yurk earned his law degree from the Arizona State University College of Law after graduating with his bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern