Cadene A. Russell


Cadene Russell

Cadene Russell focuses her practice on complex litigation matters. She has experience conducting internal investigations involving the US Department of Justice, and has advised on civil and criminal matters related to healthcare fraud and False Claims Act litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Russell served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

While pursuing her law degree, Ms. Russell was an intern in the Homicide Section of the US Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia and a judicial intern for the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia. As a student attorney in Howard University School of Law's Civil Rights Clinic, Ms. Russell represented clients in Title VII employment discrimination and fair housing discrimination cases. She previously worked as a summer associate in the litigation and international trade practices of another prominent Washington DC law firm.

Before pursuing her legal education, Ms. Russell served as a judicial intern for the Honorable John McCabe of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, where she worked on child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and refugee asylum issues. She was a legislative intern for US Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schulz and Kendrick B. Meek. Previously, Ms. Russell was a project assistant at the firm, supporting securities, intellectual property and pro bono matters.

Ms. Russell shares the firm's commitment to pro bono work.  

Publications & News


January 9, 2018

False Claims Act: 2017 Year-in-Review

False Claims Act recoveries topped $3.7 billion in fiscal year 2017, marking the eighth straight year of annual recoveries in excess of $3 billion.

August 10, 2017

DC Lawyers Support Record-Breaking Legal Aid Fundraising Campaign

Lawyers in WilmerHale's Washington DC office raised $135,000 for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia's annual Generous Associates Campaign, a fundraiser run by associates at DC law firms each summer.


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JD, cum laude, Howard University School of Law, 2015, Editor-in-Chief, Howard Law Journal 

BA, Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, Duke University, 2010

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia



The Hon. Carl E. Stewart, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2015 - 2016

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