Russell E. Morse

Practice Areas:

Russell Morse is an associate with Truman & Elliott LLP. His practice focuses on land use entitlement matters, environmental review permitting, and real estate transactions with an emphasis on real estate development projects. He advises clients and litigates controversial matters involving local planning and zoning regulations and related environmental issues, as well as state and federal land use and environmental laws.

Mr. Morse handles matters involving the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the California Coastal Act, the Subdivision Map Act, cultural resources law, and local planning, zoning, and historic preservation laws.

Mr. Morse’s experience includes the preparation and processing of various land use entitlements and administrative approvals for both residential and commercial projects. His practice encompasses every facet of the entitlement process, from pre-acquisition due diligence to project approval. Mr. Morse negotiates with government agencies and officials and advises and assists clients concerning environmental review through various public agencies. He also has worked on development-related environmental compliance. His experience also includes work on commercial, residential and mixed-use leases, purchase agreements, real estate management and landlord-tenant matters, as well as preparation of documentation in general corporate matters.

Mr. Morse assisted the Hip Hop School of Arts in providing land use due diligence and obtaining entitlements to develop the nation’s first performing arts, technical/trade program teaching the seven elements of Hip Hop. The Hip Hop School of Arts is designed to provide workshops and programs year-round to the community, as well as engage our youth in service to the community.
Mr. Morse is the co-chair of the Communications Committee for the Urban Land Institute – Young Leaders Group. He is also active with the Jewish Federation Real Estate and Construction Division.

While in law school, Mr. Morse was a Donald Hagman Land Use Scholar. Mr. Morse also served as Chief Note and Comment Editor on Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review, where he published, "If You Fail, Try, Try Again: The Fate of New Legislation Curbing Minors’ Access to Violent and Sexually Explicit Video Games," 26 Loy. L.A. Ent. L.Rev. 171 (2006).

Professional Affiliations:

American Bar Association
LA County Bar Association
Beverly Hills Bar Association


Loyola Law School
(J.D., 2007)

University of California, Los Angeles
(B.A., 2001)