Russ Brien

Adjunct Faculty
Primary office:

Russ Brien (Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska) owns Brien Law LLC. His practice almost exclusively involves working with tribes and tribal business enterprises on a variety of issues, with an emphasis on economic development, gaming, infrastructure and doing business in Indian country. Outside of his law practice, Russ works with the Falmouth Institute as a trainer and speaker. He provides tribal leader training on a variety of topics including federal Indian law, tribal economic development, land consolidation, estate planning in Indian country, protection of tribal records, ethics for tribal leaders, negotiation, and tribal constitutions and bylaws. A former partner in the corporate finance group of a large Kansas City based firm, Russ has a broad background in business, securities, finance and municipal law. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Structured Finance Law. He has taught at the University of Kansas School of Law since 2007.

Courses Taught:
  • Indian Gaming


J.D. Michigan 1992; B.A., Kansas 1989.


Missouri 1993, Kansas 1994, Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska 2009, Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas 2009

Career History

Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP (and predecessor firm) Associate (Corporate Finance, General Business, Bankruptcy) 1993-2000, Partner (Corporate Finance and General Business) 2000-2009, Of Counsel (Corporate Finance and General Business) 2009-2010; Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska Circuit Court Judge 1998-1999; Jefferson County (Kansas) Economic Development Commission Director 2010-2011; Brien Law, LLC Owner since 2009.

Why KU
  • One-third of full-time faculty have written casebooks and treatises
  • 2 KU law faculty were U.S. Supreme Court clerks
  • KU’s Project for Innocence: 34 conviction reversals since 2009
  • 7,600+ alumni in all 50 states, D.C., and 21 foreign countries
  • #18 “best value” law school in the nation — National Jurist Magazine
  • 12 interdisciplinary joint degrees
  • 20th nationwide for lowest debt at graduation. — U.S. News & World Report
  • 80 percent of upper-level law classes have 25 or fewer students
  • More than 600 employment interviews at law school, 2014-15
  • 92 percent overall employment rate for Class of 2014 – top 20 percent nationally
  • 23rd: for number of law alumni promoted to partner at nation’s largest law firms
  • #1 in Kansas and Missouri for July 2015 bar exam performance