Russell J. Blair

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I am lifelong resident of Etowah, McMinn County and a graduate of McMinn Central High School (2001).  I am married to the former Savannah Passmore, who is a Speech Therapist for McMinn County Schools and Woods Memorial Hospital.  In our free time, my lovely wife and I enjoy two often amusing, yet unavailing pastimes: (1) cheering on the Tennessee Vols; and (2) adoring the company of our 140 lb. “puppy,” Knox the Newfoundland dog.  I am a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church of Etowah. 

Upon graduating from McMinn Central in 2001, I got my first “real” job working the early morning shift loading trucks at UPS.  I started every day at 3:30 a.m. and worked pulling boxes from a seemingly never-ending conveyor belt and loaded them on the big brown trucks.  After clocking out at 9:00 a.m., I would then attend classes at Tennessee Wesleyan College where I pursued a History degree.  Eager never to see the hour of 3:30 a.m. again, nor spend a lifetime lifting boxes, I set my sights on going to law school.  In my final semester of college, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to accept an internship with the Tennessee State Legislature, where I served as primary clerk for the House Education Committee and assistant clerk of the House State and Local Government Committee.  I graduated from Tennessee Wesleyan College in 2005 with a B.A. in History with Highest Honors and won the Harry Russell Caldwell Award for Excellence in History.  From there, I was off to Knoxville where I earned my Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2008.  During law school, I was a staff member of  Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law,  participated in the UT Legal Clinic as counsel for indigent clients in criminal, civil, housing and juvenile matters, and worked as a clerk in a couple of local law firms.

Since finishing law school and passing the bar, my career ambition has been to be a small town, “country” lawyer with a general civil practice.  I practiced for a little over four years in my hometown of Etowah before joining Evan to form Walden Blair & Associates, PLLC.  I consider this part of East Tennessee the greatest place in the world to live and I take great pride in this community. As a 2010 Leadership McMinn graduate, I am proud that Walden Blair & Associates, PLLC is committed to providing effective legal service with “hometown values” and being a strong community partner.


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tennessee Wesleyan College, Tennessee
    • B.A. – 2005
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Major: History

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • McMinn-Meigs Bar Association – Past President
  • Etowah Rotary Club – Past President
  • Etowah Chamber of Commerce – Vice President & Executive Board
  • McMinn County Senior Center – Board of Directors
  • Etowah Area Senior Center – Board of Directors
  • Etowah Industrial Development Board
  • Etowah Historical Commission
  • McMinn County Small Business Incubator Board
  • Tennessee Association for Justice

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