Philip R. Russ

Philip R. Russ

Co-Founder and Principal

Philip is Co-Founder and Principal of Longline Holdings, overseeing firmwide execution and investment structuring.  Philip began his career as an attorney at the Manhattan law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.  Philip’s focus was corporate and real estate law as a member of transactional teams executing debt, equity and acquisition deals across industries in excess of $20 billion in the aggregate.  After Simpson Thacher, Philip worked at the Atlanta law firm Morris Manning & Martin LLP leading transaction execution on real estate equity and debt transactions including acquisition of RE backed non-performing loan portfolios.  Immediately prior to Co-Founding Longline, Philip operated as Principal and President at Burton Franchise Partners, a franchise and small business investment company managing in excess of 100 employees through its ownership of multi-state retail investments.  Philip brings a unique combination of legal, structuring and operational experience to the firm’s strategies.


  • JD, University of Texas
  • BS, University of Georgia
  • Member, New York State and Georgia State Bar


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