Fair & Just Questionnaire: Mike Russell

Award-winning Attorney Michael D. Russell has had a storied career as a litigation attorney, public policy analyst, and adjunct professor. Here, the former football star and devoted family man shares favorite authors, personal heroes, and his penchant for summer drives in his convertible sports car ...

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite song?

You Might Win” by Kem.

What is your favorite restaurant?

The Blue Nile.

Who is your favorite Detroit celebrity?

Cliff & Greg Russell.

Where is your favorite place to be?

Wild Goose Lake.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Open road, summer day, full tank of gas, top down on the Corvette.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Paul Robeson.

Which living person do you most admire?

Barack Obama.

Which trait in yourself do you most deplore?

Being too accommodating.

What trait do you most deplore in others?


What’s your greatest extravagance?


What is your favorite journey?


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?


On what occasion do you lie?

My diet.

Which living person do you most dislike?

Rudy Giuliani.

What is your greatest regret?

Not finishing my college football career.

When & where were you the happiest?

Family reunions.

Which talent would you most like to have?

Say ‘no’ more often.

What is your current state of mind?

Realistic optimism.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Raising my children to be productive, caring people.

What is your most treasured possession?

My sanity, in a world that sometimes seems to have gone mad.

Where would you most like to live?


What is your most marked characteristic?


What do you most value in your friends?


Who are your favorite writers?

Robert E. Howard, Walter Mosley, James Baldwin, Dr. Alvin Toffler.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction:

Easy Rawlins.

Who is your hero in real life:

Vivien Thomas.

How would you like to die?


If you were a speech part, what would you be?

The summary.

If you were a car, what kind would you be?

Cadillac XTS.

If you were food, what kind would you be?

Chocolate cake … from scratch.

If you were an animal, what kind would you be?

Grizzly bear.

If you were fine art, what form would you take?


What’s your motto?

“But above all else, to thine own self, be true.”

What’s your favorite quote about the law?

“It there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.”


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