Eastern Oregon Criminal Defense and Family Law
As a former prosecutor, I know the system inside and out. I have the experience it takes to win cases and I’m ready to put it to work for you.
When your freedom is at stake, you don't want a defense attorney who rarely sees the inside of a courtroom. The courtroom is where most cases are won. You need a lawyer with substantial criminal trial experience in the court where your case is pending.
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There's much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know about us. We hope you enjoy our site and take a moment to drop us a line.If you’re charged with a crime and feel scared and aren’t sure what to expect, I can help. I only practice criminal law and have done so for many years. My experience will help relieve your fear and give you the assurance you need to feel confident about your future. My #1 goal is to help my clients achieve the best possible legal outcome, whether that’s through a negotiated agreement with the prosecutor or a courtroom trial.
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“Craig Russell is a man who means what he says. His actions show nothing less than above and beyond when it came to helping me resolve the matter I was facing. Russell Law Group listened to me and was willing to give me a fair chance. My case was DISMISSED just before Christmas.”
– N.C., Pendleton, OR
“Craig Russell is the most qualified man for the job, hands down. All 3 public defenders that were assigned to me basically said to just say yes to the DA's offer. "You have no chance" were the words used. Let's just say Mr. Russell had another idea for me. After a 3 day trial, I was found not guilty.”
– D.B., Pendleton, OR
“Craig Russell is an awesome very professional guy who knows exactly what he's doing and gets stuff done quickly. Without his assistance, I honestly don't know where I would be today. I would highly highly recommend him to anyone and everyone looking for any legal advice. Thanks, Craig!”
– K.P., Pendleton, OR
Former Umatilla County prosecutor, Craig W. Russell, has spent the vast majority of his legal career in the courtroom litigating criminal cases. Before working for Umatilla County, Craig was a special deputy prosecutor in Multnomah County. Craig also has experience as a civil litigator for a top-tier law firm in downtown Portland, Oregon, working major crimes with the Oregon Department of Justice, and clerking for former Oregon Supreme Court Justice, David V. Brewer.
Throughout his career, Craig has handled thousands of criminal cases, many of which have been taken to trial in front of both a judge and a jury. With this experience, Craig has developed an expert understanding of criminal cases — everything from how they are charged and negotiated to how they are tried before a jury or judge and sentenced.
In his free time, Craig is an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He and his wife, Kendra, spend most of their time out of the office hiking, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding in the Wallowa and Elkhorn Mountains of Eastern Oregon.
Craig also dedicates time to service to his country and local community. Craig is a Lieutenant in the United States Army, Oregon National Guard and serves as an Army Lawyer (JAG Officer) and spent years as a member on the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office, Search & Rescue Team.