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Michael Russell

For 35 years, Michael P. Russell has served as a real estate developer, advisor and expert witness.

As a private and public developer, Mr. Russell has lead teams in the development of Howard Hughes Center and Bunker Hill, as well as Irvine Ranch, Playa Vista, Warner Center, Douglas Park, Amerige Heights and Reston Town Center, which won an Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence.  He is a specialist in the clean up, master planning, entitling and redevelopment of decommissioned aerospace facilities—always trying to leave the Earth better than the way we found it.

Mr. Russell has served as an advisor on over 300 consulting assignments across the United States.  He has specialized in mixed-use developments, including Century City, Bunker Hill, Reston, Denver Tech Center, Colony Square and Illinois Center.  His assignments have been completed in 30 States.

Mr. Russell obtained his California Real Estate Broker’s License in 1978.  Since that time, he has served as a broker in the buying or selling over 30 properties, including over 1,000 acres, more than two million square feet of commercial space and 500 units, with a value in excess of $500M.


Mr. Russell serves law firms, financial institutions, corporations, landowners, buyers, sellers, developers, architects, contractors and other participants in the real estate transaction, finance, development and brokerage aspect of real estate.  As an expert witness, Mr. Russell has served in over 25 cases, testifying in six cases and prepared to testify on the balance of the cases, which settled.  In all but one of the cases in which Mr. Russell testified, his clients won the cases. 

Mr. Russell serves on the board and heads the real estate development committee of Community Corporation of Santa Monica, which is a non-profit affordable housing developer.  Over the last 25 years, CCSM has redeveloped or developed 2,200 units and numerous AIA and other design awards.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Mr. Russell earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and his Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, with an emphasis on real estate.  Rotary International, Ford Foundation, U. S. Public Health Service and the Department of Housing and Urban Development supported his education.


Jay Stark

Prior to joining the Russell Company, Mr. Stark served as managing director and co-founder of Urban Private Equity Funds for Phoenix Realty Group’s Western Region where he targeted investments in urban residential and commercial properties. He was responsible for origination, underwriting, due diligence and closing of investments in the region, and was also a member of the national Phoenix Realty Group Investment Committee and Executive Committee.

Prior to joining PRG, Mr. Stark was director of development for The Lee Group, Inc., a leading urban residential development company where he was involved in the development of over $300 million of urban housing for first-time homebuyers in Southern California.


At The Lee Group, Mr. Stark was involved in all aspects of the homebuilding business including land acquisition, master planning, product development, entitlements, construction and sales and marketing.

In addition, Mr. Stark serves on the State of California’s principal Affordable Housing Committee, the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) Local Assistance Loan and Grant Committee.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a master’s degree from the University of Southern California in Urban Planning and Real Estate Development.

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