Hall of Fame Inductee – 2013
Russ Brown is a personal injury attorney who specializes exclusively in motorcycle personal injury. Born in San Jose, California, Russ began riding motorcycles when he was 16.
For many years, Russ has been on the front lines in the motorcycle rights fight. He became legal counsel for the Southern California Motorcycle Association in the late 1970s and is a founding member of Abate of California. Russ was also a major financial contributor to the Motorcycle Rights Foundation at its inception.
When mandatory helmet laws emerged as a major issue for bikers, Russ was in the forefront fighting for bikers’ rights to make their own choice, even making an appearance on the Today Show to debate California Assemblyman Richard Floyd on the subject. Russ continuously fights to change the negative depiction of bikers by Hollywood.
Russ is probably most recognized as the founder of BAM. 35 years ago, he started this free breakdown and legal assistance program for motorcyclists. Today, close to two million motorcyclists are members of the program – providing assistance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Members and non-members alike can call the service and receive assistance if they have run out of gas, have a flat, need towing or a part, help repairing a bike or legal assistance.
Russ sponsors the All Girls 24 Hour Endurance Team and AMA Pro Road Racer JC Gibbs. He also sponsors many national events and rallies. Russ supports a number of charitable causes through his sponsorship – he’s spearheading an effort to help rejuvenate the Love Ride in California. He’s also been instrumental in supporting the Legends Ride and the Biker Belles rides that benefit the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum.
Russ & his wife Hana have three children and three grandchildren.