Russell R. Rea with Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Attorneys at Law in Phoenix, Arizona

Russell R. Rea Member

P: 602.262.5849
F: 602.495.2790
L: Phoenix

Mr. Rea is a Member of the firm’s Litigation Department specializing in the areas of eminent domain, real estate valuation, easements and rights-of-way, land use and zoning, personal injury liability defense, construction and commercial litigation. Mr. Rea also provides criminal defense representation and consultation. He has significant experience litigating in Arizona state and Federal courts and in private arbitration matters.

Prior to joining the firm in 2000, Mr. Rea was in private practice with a Phoenix law firm specializing in litigation matters. Mr. Rea also served in the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and the City of Phoenix Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Rea was raised and has lived in the Phoenix-area since 1969.

Areas of Focus

  • Eminent Domain
  • Real Estate Valuation
  • Easements and Rights-of-way
  • Land Use and Zoning
  • Personal Injury Liability Defense
  • Construction
  • Commercial Litigation

Representative Engagements

  • Representation of irrigation and water conservation district in all manner of property and irrigation facility acquisition and protection activities and disputes

  • Representation of major utility in the acquisition of property for electrical power substation sites, well-sites and electrical power transmission line rights-of-way

  • Representation of irrigation and water conservation district and major utility in defense of personal injury claims

  • Representation of municipality in property acquisition for airport expansion

  • Representation of natural gas company in the acquisition of property for transmission line facilities and rights-of-way

  • Representation of property owners in all manners of condemnation actions by local, state and federally-authorized condemning agencies and entities, including but not limited to freeway and roadway projects, natural gas pipeline projects and railway projects

  • Representation of professional engineering firms involved in commercial and residential improvement projects, including defense of negligent design claims

  • Representation of property owners and other interested parties in zoning and development code actions and disputes

  • Representation of utility applicant before the Arizona Corporation Commission, Arizona Power Plant and Transmission Line Siting Committee, Case No. 166

  • Representation of commercial and residential contractors in construction defect and payment disputes

Honors, Appointments & Awards

  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America (2011-2016) in the category of Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law

  • Martindale-Hubble® AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating

Professional Affiliations

  • State Bar of Arizona
    Trial Practice Section, Member
  • Arcadia Little League (2008-2014)
    Board of Directors
  • Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation (2013-present)
    Board of Directors
  • Valley Forward Association (2008-2011)
    Board of Directors
  • Fiesta Bowl (1998-2002)
    Committee Member
  • Mock Trial Program, Ingleside Middle School

Admitted to Practice

  • Arizona, 1992

Court Admission

  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1992


  • J.D., Arizona State University College of Law, 1992
  • B.S., Texas Christian University, Economics, 1989