Russ Mead is a popular lecturer nationwide who uses examples from their career as general counsel for animal rights organizations to illustrate animal welfare and other animal-related laws. Mead has served as General Counsel for Best Friends Animal Society, and General Counsel and interim Executive Director for Farm Sanctuary. Mead is a frequent lecturer at law schools, bar associations, and animal law conferences.
In private practice Mead has represented animal nonprofits in tax matters, intellectual property disputes, employment issues, fundraising compliance, and nonprofit formation. Mead’s legislative advocacy work includes grass roots organizing, lobbying, and media promotion.
Mead has experience implementing and managing large scale animal rescues, including during hurricane Katrina, as well as in animal hoarding cases involving hundreds of animals.
On a personal level, Mead raises awareness of animals by attempting to capture their spirit in ink wash paintings.
Specialty Areas and Course Descriptions
- Animal Law Legislation and Lobbying
- Animal Law Trial Advocacy
- Emerging Topics in Animal Law - A (605)
- Emerging Topics in Animal Law - B (606)
- Farmed Animal Protection Project I (798)
- Farmed Animal Protection Project II (799)
- Nonprofit Animal Law
- JD, St. Louis University School of Law
- MBA, Lindenwood College
- BS & CPA, Arizona State University
STEP BY STEP LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING FOR ADVOCATES (Amazon Kindle, 2019)
GRASS ROOTS ANIMAL LEGISLATION (Barnes & Noble Nook Book, 2nd Ed., 2018) Russ Mead.
FARM ANIMAL LAW READINGS AND MATERIALS (Barnes & Noble, Nook Book, 2018) Russ Mead.
TRIAL ADVOCACY IN ANIMAL LAW (Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook Book, 2018) Russ Mead.
NONPROFIT ANIMAL LAW (Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook Book, 2nd Ed, 2014) Russ Mead.
Latest Awards and Honors
2017 Shared Earth Foundation Animal Law Visiting Faculty