Meet the Founder

At Channel Islands Mediation Services, our attorneys bring decades of experience to dispute resolution and other challenging matters.

Russ Charvonia, ChFC, CFP®, Esq.

Russ Charvonia is the founder of Channel Islands Mediation Services in Ventura, California.  Russ is a certified mediator and has a combined  40-plus year career as a financial planner with his estate planning law practice to provide a unique perspective to address clients’ needs and concerns.

Russ is also a managing member and co-founder of Channel Islands Group, a financial planning firm in Ventura, California.  He attended various colleges for undergraduate studies and graduated from the Ventura College of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 2004. Russ is a Certified Financial Planner®, Certified Mediator, Chartered Financial Consultant, Chartered Life Underwriter, Chartered Life Underwriter and Retirement Plans Associate. He is a registered representative holding Series 7 and 63 licenses from FINRA. Russ also helps people resolve disputes before they evolve into litigation through the Channel Islands Mediation Services firm.

Russ is involved with many philanthropic endeavors and currently serves on the boards of directors of the Conflict Resolution Institute of Ventura County, the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation, and the Worldwide Civility Council.  He also served as Grand Master for the Grand Lodge Free and Accepted Masons of California in 2014-15.

Russ was born in 1962.  Russ lives in Ventura with his wife Linda. He has a daughter, Alissa; a son and daughter-in-law, Keith and Kendall; and grandsons, Tanner and Hudson.

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