Full Biography

Judge Russell D. Pulver

Judge Pulver is a former litigator and Judge. He graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana with a B.A. cum laude in American History; M.A, in American History; and J.D. with induction into the Order of the Coif. After serving as a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps from 1974 to 1978, Judge Pulver entered private practice first in New Orleans, Louisiana and later in Houston, Texas as a litigator. He represented national and multi-national corporations as well as domestic and international underwriters including Underwriters at Lloyd’s and the Institute of London Underwriters. Judge Pulver also represented individuals, small business owners and injured workers in a variety of matters. Prior to assuming the bench in 1997, he litigated cases in federal and state courts in a dozen different states in areas including maritime personal injury and death, maritime collision, aviation, products liability, corporate and insurance coverage disputes.

            In 1997, Judge Pulver was appointed a Federal Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration through a competitive selection process. He served initially as a line Judge and then was appointed as Chief Judge of a hearing office in Houston, Texas. In 2002, Judge Pulver was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. Department of Labor in San Francisco, California where he decided cases under a number of federal statutes including federal whistleblower protection statutes, Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act and various labor and immigration related matters.

            Judge Pulver is an active member of the Texas State Bar, inactive Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple Federal District Courts and Courts of Appeal. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Judicial Division, as well as the Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference.  He is a member of the American Bar Association and the National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary, section of Dispute Resolution and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Judge Pulver serves on the International and Mediation Committees of the Dispute Resolution Section and on the Admiralty and Maritime law, Dispute Resolution, Employment Law and Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation and Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Law committees of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. Judge Pulver has been trained as a mediator through the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada, Reno in 2003 and again in 2008 and has actively mediated cases as part of his judicial duties since 2003.

Contact Info

P. O. Box 891

Fallbrook, CA 92088

Office: 760-645-3703

Fax: 760-990-4750