Craig Russell, Criminal Defense Attorney in Pendleton, OR

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Meet Craig W. Russell

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.

Education & Awards:

  • Judge Advocate General’s School, US Army, Charlottesville Virginia
  • B.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • J.D., cum laude, Willamette University
  • 2018 Oregon Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year
Craig Russell of Russell Law group

5-star Criminal Defense

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.

You have nothing to lose — and everything to gain — by scheduling a consultation.

Call (541) 777-8032 to get started.

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About Craig

Former 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 Elk Horn Mountains of Eastern Oregon.

Craig also dedicates time to service to his country and the 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.

Areas of Expertise

DUII defense


Drug crimes


Sex offenses

Assault and domestic violence

Gun crimes

Wildlife crimes

Juvenile defense

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228 S Main Street
Pendleton, Oregon

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Mon: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Tue: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Wed: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Thu: 9:00 am – 04:30 pm
Fri: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

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