Jade Brown Russell is a proud native of New Orleans and the Principal of The JBR Firm. In 2003, she left her home state of Louisiana to pursue a legal career at Sidley Austin LLP in Chicago, Illinois, where she gained experience in mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, corporate governance and securities related transactions. In early 2007, Jade returned to New Orleans to join a regional law firm, Adams and Reese LLP, during a pivotal time in the City of New Orleans' recovery. In 2010, Jade joined Caesars Entertainment to become Counsel of Regional Operations, where she served as general counsel for five of the company’s casino and hotel properties addressing gaming, litigation, corporate and regulatory legal issues. In 2014, Jade Co-Founded Transcendent Legal, the first legal-tech startup in the Gulf Coast Region. In 2016, Jade served as Interim Executive Director of the French Market Corporation (FMC) where she managed an $11 million budget and oversaw operations of the French Market properties, including the historic Upper Pontalba Residencies, the Flea Market, Farmers Market and Crescent Park.  

Jade remains civically involved in several organizations. Jade is the Co-Chair of the City of New Orleans' 2018 Tricentennial Commission's Community Engagement Committee. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of Bricolage Academy (www.bricolagenola.org); Immediate Past Chairman of the Downtown Development District; and Vice Chairman of the Urban League Greater New Orleans (www.urbanleagueneworleans.org). Jade is the Co-Chair of the Solo and Small Practitioner's Section of the New Orleans Bar Association. She is also a founding member and inaugural President of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Young Professionals (www.ulgnoyp.org); and former General Counsel and Secretary for the Young Leadership Council (www.ylcnola.org).

In 2012, Jade was honored by New Orleans CityBusiness in its Leadership in Law class. In 2008, she was honored as a New Orleans CityBusiness Woman of the Year, and in 2009 and 2011 she received the Urban League’s Rising Star Award for her professional and civic accomplishments. Jade has been named to both Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s transition team. In addition, she has served as the Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness. Jade earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Southern University Law Center where she served on the Student Bar Association as President of the Senior Class, and was Vice Chairman of Moot Court.

Jade earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in Political Science from Howard University, where she was named a Patricia Roberts Harris Fellow. Jade is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Links Incorporated. Jade is the proud mother of 10 year-old daughter, Jadon, and four year old, Dorsett.

Professional Societies:
Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
New Orleans Bar Association, Member
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Member​​​

Links Incorporated, Crescent City Chapter, Member

Jade Brown-Russell 


Rodney Braxton

Southern Strategy Group
Governmental Relations
(Mentor-Protege Relationship)

Christian J. Rhodes

Roedel Parsons


(Mentor-Protege Relationship)

Key Collaborators 

The JBR Team.

Michelle Thomas

Thomas Consulting Group

Turnaround & Strategic Solutions 

Kelisha Garrett

Gen-X Consulting 

Diversity & Inclusion Policy and Compliance​

Small Firm, Big Team.

By bringing together professionals with different bases of expertise, our collaborative approach to serving clients has the potential to develop more innovative outcomes that are customized to the specific needs of the client, thereby increasing satisfaction and repeat business. Moreover, our strategic alliances and collaborators provide a distinct expertise and knowledge that form innovative solutions to service our clients.

Collaboration is at the core of how JD Russell Consulting, LLC ("JDR") does business. We pride ourselves on developing and leveraging a well-honed network of key collaborators that allows JDR to work efficiently and effectively across knowledge gaps, enabling us to perform the complex, multidisciplinary work that our clients increasingly demand. To support our continued business expansion, we are pleased to announce a number of exciting key collaborators. JDR has benefited from mentor-protege relationships with two of Louisiana's premiere firms -- Southern Strategy Group (lobbying) and Roedel Parsons (legal). These mentor-protege relationships have been key to JDR's ability to build capacity and innovative collaborations with networks across the Gulf Coast Region.

Arkebia Matthews

Choice Marketing Group

Diversity & Inclusion Policy and Compliance

Dietra Cummings

DMC Legal and Consulting Solutions


(JDR's Protege)