Kristine Russell was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana. She graduated from Edward Douglas White Catholic High School, Nicholls State University, and Louisiana State Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Following her graduation from law school, Kristine began working with the law firm of Morvant and Cavell. Her practice focused on insurance defense and family law. In 1999, Kristine opened her own law practice and continued to work mainly in the area of family law. She also taught Family Law for several years at Nicholls State University.
In 2003, Kristine was hired by the newly elected District Attorney, Camille Morvant II, as an assistant district attorney. Since 2003, she has handled juvenile cases, misdemeanor cases and felony cases and was part of the prosecution team on two death penalty cases.
In 2005, Kristine along with Mr. Morvant began the Children’s Advocacy Center of Lafourche and she serves as the Director of the Center.
In 2012, Kristine was named the First Assistant District Attorney for the Parish of Lafourche and on March 24, 2018, she was elected District Attorney. She is one of only 4 female District Attorneys in the State of Louisiana.
She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and Lafourche Parish Bar Association.
The Lafourche Parish District Attorney, Kristine Russell, or her designated assistant, has charge of every criminal prosecution by the state in her district. She is also the representative of the state before the grand jury in her district, and is the legal advisor to the grand jury.
District Attorney Russell is the statutory legal advisor to the Parish Government and to all Parish Boards and Commissions. In her capacity as legal advisor, she works closely with the Parish Council and the Parish President to protect the interests of Lafourche Parish. She also makes her Office available to answer questions and provide legal advice to Parish Boards and Commissions.