Judge Russell Bean is a lifelong resident of Chattanooga. His father was the late attorney Crawford Bean. His mother is Eloise Bean.
Judge Bean is a graduate of Red Bank High School. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree. While at MTSU, he served four years on the Student Congress. He then attended the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. While at UT, he was selected to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of his legal Fraternity. He also won the law school's Estate Wills Award.
After law school, Judge Bean worked for one year in Nashville as an insurance adjuster for The Travelers Insurance Company.
He then returned to Chattanooga and taught high school one year at Kirkman High School. While at Kirkman, he coached the golf team.
Judge Bean began his law practice in 1969. He practiced law with his father, Crawford Bean, and his brother, Martin Bean, as well as many other outstanding attorneys.
He is the past president of the Chattanooga Trail Lawyers Association. He is presently a member of the Red Bank Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Judge Bean and his wife, Darlene, reside in the Mountain Creek area of Chattanooga with his sons, Russell, Jr. and Chris, and their daughter, Hollie.
Judge Bean has three brothers, Crawford, Martin and David, all of Chattanooga.
Judge Bean and his family attend Red Bank Baptist Church where he has coached youth sports and presently serves on the church's Child Development Center Board.
Judge Bean was recommended by Mayor Jon Kinsey to serve as the judge for the Second Division of Chattanooga City Court and the Chattanooga City Council approved him in May 2000.
In August 2000, Judge Bean won the special election to serve a full term as Chattanooga City Court Judge, Division II.