Russell J. Adkins

Russell J. Adkins

Attorney and Mediator
  • Family Law, Divorce, Personal Injury ...
  • Pennsylvania
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My practice is primarily focused on leading the firm’s family law practice, helping clients to navigate through the turmoil of divorce and custody. I also have experience in estate planning and administration, elder law, litigation including personal injury and automobile accidents, zoning/land use and in assisting businesses to develop strategies geared toward growth and development.

I have extensive experience in all types of family law matters and litigation, including:

Complex Divorce and simple divorce
Collaborative Practice, which provides an alternative to litigation
Pre- and post-nuptial agreements, and separation agreements
Property Division/Equitable Distribution and Alimony
Spousal and child support
Child custody

I have often been consulted by schools and daycare providers for the establishment of policies and protocols when dealing with child custody orders, and I also receive regular judicial appointments as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL); as a GAL, I investigate the facts of high-conflict custody disputes and issue a report and recommendation to the presiding judge in support of the best interests of the affected children.

In 2012, I was trained and certified in Collaborative Law, which is an innovative process by which parties to a legal dispute commit to resolving their differences without resorting to litigation. While Collaborative Law can be used to resolve any legal dispute, it has frequent application in disagreements involving families and business partners.

In 2015, I completed training as a Mediator, and accordingly I am qualified and able to provide mediation services to clients who wish to resolve their disputes out of court; I accept mediation cases involving family law matters, as well as civil cases and estate disputes.

Regardless of practice area, I attempt to find creative and innovative ways of resolving disputes and obtaining efficient results for my clients.

Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Personal Injury
Animal & Dog Bites, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Premises Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death
Arbitration & Mediation
Business - Arbitration/Mediation, Consumer - Arbitration/Mediation, Family - Arbitration/Mediation
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Elder Law
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Additional Practice Area
  • Collaborative Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
    Personal injury matters are typically accepted on a contingent-fee basis. Family law matters are billed at an hourly rate.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP
- Current
Elevated to partner.
Associate Attorney
Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP
Associate attorney for full-service law firm. My emphasis was family law and estate planning, with additional work in various other areas of law.
Law Clerk to the Hon. John C. Reed, Judge
Court of Common Pleas of Mercer County, Pennsylvania
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar  # 203493
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Pennsylvania Bar Association
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Collaborative Professionals of Northwest Pennsylvania
- Current
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International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Current
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Mercer County Bar Association
- Current
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Websites & Blogs
Website profile
Collaborative Professionals of Northwest Pennsylvania
Contact & Map
Ekker, Kuster, McCall & Epstein, LLP
68 Buhl Blvd.
PO Box 91
Sharon, PA 16146
Toll-Free: (800) 860-2007
Telephone: (724) 981-2000
Fax: (724) 981-2007
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