Russell A Kolsrud

Russell A. Kolsrud


Russ Kolsrud is a member at Dickinson Wright PLLC and is a senior trial lawyer for clients with commercial disputes, health care controversies, transaction disagreements and disputes with government regulatory and licensing agencies. Since 1982, 80% of his practice involved representation of clients in the health care industry. He represents behavioral health care providers, physician groups, third party administrators, and he defends psychiatric malpractice claims. Mr. Kolsrud is also involved in the implementation of strategies to integrate medical care, behavioral health care, and children’s care, both clinically and through electronic medical record exchanges. He also handles Medicaid and Medicare claims denials and procurement issues.

Russ has been in private practice since 1985, and has been a partner or member of law firms since 1988. Prior to that, he served in the Arizona Attorney General's Office as a trial lawyer for seven years representing the State of Arizona in complex civil litigation, and appeared before the United States Supreme Court on two occasions. He also served as law clerk for the Honorable William Eubank of the Arizona Court of Appeals and as a clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

In January 2009, Russ along with his partner Gregory Moore created a Behavioral Health Care Law focused Practice Group, the first of its kind in a national law firm. With more than 50 years of combined experience, Russ and Greg continue to guide their behavioral health care clients through the highly nuanced Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. They have been and continue to be leaders in educating and counseling clients as Parity and the integration of behavioral health and physical health take center stage.

Russ is a knowledge resource for many, and with his fellow Dickinson Wright attorneys, Peter Domas, Serene Zeni, and Alexandra Hall, he co-wrote and edited The Fundamentals of Behavioral Health Care Law, which is now available through the American Health Lawyers Association.  The book is the go-to reference for health care institutions, social service providers, and the lawyers who represent them, as it serves as an introduction to the complex questions posed by behavioral health and the law.

Education & Credentials


Arizona State University


University of Puget Sound

  • With Distinction

Bar Admission

  • Arizona


  • Received a Citation of Merit from the Office of the Governor in Arizona for achievement in representing and protecting the Arizona State Land Trust

Professional Involvement

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar
  • State Bar of Arizona, Chairman, State Bar's Environmental and Natural Resource Section (1987- 88)
  • State Bar's Arizona Appellate Handbook Committee Editorial Board (1980 – Present)
  • Maricopa County Bar Association (1978 – Present)
  • Judge Pro Tem for the Maricopa County Superior Court (2003 – Present)

Community Involvement

  • Appointed as Member of Governor’s Commission on State Land Reform
  • President, Scottsdale Industrial Development Authority
  • Madison Educational Foundation in Phoenix, Member
  • Heard Museum Men's Council, Past Member
  • Phoenix Industrial Development Authority, Past Member
  • Encanto Village Planning Committee, Past Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Washington and the District of Arizona


  • Presenter at the Mental Health Corporations of America 2016 Fall Conference on the False Claims Act after Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel Escobar, 136 s.ct. (1989).
  • Co-Author and Editor, "The Fundamentals of Behavioral Health Care Law," American Health Lawyers Association
  • Co-Author, "The 21st Century Cures Act - Mental Health Parity," American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) for the Behavioral Health Task Force Members, January 4, 2017
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