Attorney Profiles

Blake J. Russum


Partner — Redwood City


Blake J. Russum is a partner in the Redwood City office of Ropers Majeski, Kohn & Bentley.  His legal practice focuses on the representation of insurance companies in bad faith, fraud, and all forms of coverage-related litigation.  Mr. Russum also represents insurers in litigation involving claims for benefits under group welfare plans governed by the ERISA statute.  He has served as lead counsel in bench trials and has extensive experience in motion and deposition practice.  In addition to litigation, Mr. Russum advises clients in non-litigated matters and provides coverage opinions addressing complex issues under a wide array of insurance policies, including commercial general, business, homeowners, property, life, disability, D&O, and automobile liability policies.

Mr. Russum, a native of Southern California, was born and raised in the city of Los Angeles.  Prior to attending college, he graduated from Loyola High School, a Jesuit institution originally founded in 1865.  In 2003, he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.  He earned his Juris Doctorate in May 2008, from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where he graduated ranked in the top 15% of his class.  During law school, he completed legal externships at the California Attorney General’s Office and the Santa Clara County Counsel’s Office, while serving as senior editor for Environs: Environmental Law and Policy Journal, and receiving the Witkin award for Legal Writing and Research and Community Property.

Mr. Russum is admitted to practice before all California state courts, all California district courts, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He presently represents clients in matters venued across the state of California, in Northern, Eastern, Central, and Southern California.  His recent successes include a defense judgment in Beach v. Liberty Life Assur. Co., Case No. 5:15-cv-0437-BLF (N.D. Cal 2017), where the Court ruled, after a bench trial, that the insurer properly investigated the insured’s claim and denied coverage pursuant to the policy’s terms and conditions.

In his free time, Mr. Russum enjoys performing music and observing live music performances, playing competitive sports and attending sporting events, and traveling to previously unseen locations.