Russell S. Warner
  • Business Law, Energy, Oil & Gas Law, Environmental Law...
  • Pennsylvania
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Russell S. Warner is the Managing Partner of the law firm of MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton LLP in Erie, Pennsylvania. He is the founder and past Chairman of the firm's Environmental Group. He concentrates his practice in the areas of business and environmental law, including matters involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, as well as matters before the USEPA Environmental Appeals Board and the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board.

Mr. Warner's practice includes representation of businesses, financial institutions, economic development organizations and municipal entities regarding business and environmental matters, as well as acquisitions, capital projects, real estate development projects, and financing transactions. He has been selected for inclusion in the publication Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law.

Mr. Warner graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, in 1978, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, summa cum laude, in 1981, where he ranked first in his class and served on the editorial staff of the Law Review. His honors and awards include the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. After graduation from law school, he served as a judicial law clerk to Judge W.W. Knox of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and to Judge D. K. Sloviter of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mr. Warner has previously served as the President of the Erie County Bar Association and as a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s House of Delegates.

Mr. Warner's environmental organization memberships have included the Air & Waste Management Association, the Manufacturer's Association of Northwest Pennsylvania Environmental Roundtable, and PADEP's Public Advisory Committee for the Presque Isle Bay/Erie Harbor Remedial Action Plan.

Practice Areas
  • Business Law
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Gov & Administrative Law
  • Real Estate Law
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
3rd Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA
  • English
Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Judicial Clerk
Honorable D.K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Judicial Clerk
Honorable W.W. Knox, U.S. District Court for the Western District of PA
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Honors: Summa Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Order of the Barristers
Activities: Valedictorian, Editorial Staff of Law Review
Harvard University
Honors: Cum Laude
Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law
Best Lawyers in America
2018, 2019
Professional Associations
Pennsylvania State Bar
American Bar Association-Natural Resources Law Section
Pennsylvania Bar Association-Natural Resources Law Section
Erie County Bar Association
Erie Community Foundation
Speaking Engagements
Environmental Law Seminar, PEDA (Pennsylvania Economic Development Association) and MacDonald Illig Attorneys Co-Hosted Seminar
Websites & Blogs
Russell S. Warner's Website Profile
MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton Website
MacDonald Illig Articles
Social Media
Contact & Map
MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton
100 State St
Erie, PA 16507
Telephone: (814) 870-7759
Fax: (814) 454-4647