• University of Wisconsin (J.D., 1989)
  • University of Wisconsin (B.A., Broadcast Journalism, 1982)
  • Rhinelander High School (Home of the Hodag) (1978)

Professional Experience

  • Russell B. Stowers, PLLC (2012-present): Manager of his own litigation firm, serving selected clients in Arizona and across the country.
  • Law Offices of Joel L. Herz (2006-2012): Boutique litigation practice in professional liability, business and environmental cases; risk management for law firms, lawyers and insurers.
  • Snell & Wilmer, LLP (1989-2006): Litigation partner at the largest law firm in Arizona and one of the largest in the West, with 400+ lawyers across five states; served as in-house risk manager/counsel for the firm.
  • Radio news and sports (1975-1986): Radio voice of University of Wisconsin Basketball and other U.W. sports; newscaster for Wisconsin Public Radio and commercial stations in Wisconsin; contributor to National Public Radio, newspapers and other media.

Professional and Community Service

  • Has served as mediator, arbitrator and Settlement Judge Pro Tempore
  • Provider of pro bono legal services to the poor, homeless and military families
  • Coach for youth baseball, football and other sports
  • Special Olympics golf coach


  • Born July 6, 1960 on Guam
  • Father was a math professor; mother was an investigative newspaper reporter
  • Wisconsin native who has lived in Arizona since 1989
  • Married to an Arizona Teacher of the Year and father of two
  • NFL owner (owns a single share of stock in the Green Bay Packers)
  • Finished six marathons (all slowly)