Meet Your Legal Team

Russell Law Group is home to fierce focused advocates — always on your side.

Our Attorneys

Craig Russell of Russell Law group

Craig W. Russell

Criminal defense attorney

“I’m committed to holding the government accountable and providing you with the passionate and effective representation you deserve. ”


● B.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks
● J.D., cum laude, Willamette University
● 2018 Oregon Wildlife Prosecutor of the Year

Away from the office:
Hunting, fishing, spending time outdoors

Kendra Russell of Russell Law group

Kendra D. Russell

Family law attorney

“Whether you’re interested in resolving your case through negotiations or litigating at trial, I’m ready to aggressively advocate for you, your rights, and your family’s best interests.”

● B.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks
● J.D., cum laude, Willamette University

Away from the office:
Animal lover, exploring the wilderness

Our Team

Josie Arbogast, legal assistant at russell law group

Josie A. Arbogast

Paralegal/Office Manager

Josie began her career as a legal assistant in 2010 in Utah with a disability law firm. In 2014, she moved to Pendleton and began working as Craig’s assistant at the Umatilla County District Attorney’s Office. As a team, Josie and Craig developed a strong working relationship that they now bring to the Russell Law Group.

Josie has a wealth of knowledge in both criminal law and the legal system in general. She has incredible attention to detail and dedication to serving our clients’ needs and goals.

Away from the office:
Spending time with her husband and 2 children

Ashley Sams, legal assistant at russell law group

Ashley R. Sams


Ashley moved to Pendleton in 2013 with her now-husband. In Pendleton, she began working for the Umatilla County Circuit Court in 2015. She worked as both a civil and criminal law clerk,
gaining extensive experience handling a variety of legal issues in both criminal and family law.

Ashley works closely with Kendra on the family law cases and is one of the primary contacts for our family law clients. Ashley and Kendra provide every client with outstanding service and legal representation. They’re here to answer questions and assist you through very difficult and emotionally taxing times.

Away from the office:
Working on her family farm with her husband and 2 children

Ashley Sams, legal assistant at russell law group

Blake A. Greenup


Blake was raised on a horse and cattle ranch in Heppner, Oregon. She is a born and bred East Oregonian. Blake started working for the Umatilla County Circuit Court in 2019, and assisted the judges in both criminal and civil matters. Through the Court, Blake learned the ins and outs of the legal system, which she now brings to the Russell Law Group. 

Blake primarily assists Kendra on the family law cases. Blake is committed to helping each and every one of our clients navigate through, what may be, one of the most difficult times of their lives. 

Away from the office:
Spending time with family and enjoying the outdoors


Maddison M. Long

Legal Assistant

Maddison is a local Pendletonian who recently returned home after graduating first in her class, with honors, from UCLA. While in college, she earned degrees in social justice, gender studies, and political science. Maddison also participated as a board member with the anti-human trafficking organization, L.A. Stop the Traffik (LAST), where she provided assistance to victims of human trafficking. Her work with LAST has greatly contributed to her passion for the law. Prior to attending college, Maddison worked as a professional model, traveling internationally with businesses such as Nike, Vogue, and NARS.

Away from the office:
In her free time, Maddison enjoys backpacking and mushroom picking in the Blue Mountains here in Eastern Oregon and wine tasting in the nearby Walla Walla Valley.

Our Values & Philosophy

  • Tenaciously protecting your rights and working to achieve the best possible results
  • Commitment to professional excellence, client service, and expert legal advice
  • Honest and open communication at every stage of your case
  • Knowledge of the law, the legal system, and what it takes to get the job done

Legal Services

DUII defense


Drug crimes


Domestic violence

Gun crimes

Learn more about the cases handled by our Pendleton criminal defense attorney.


Child custody disputes

Custody modifications

Contempt & enforcement

Learn more about the cases handled by our Pendleton family law attorney.

Serving clients across Eastern Oregon

We are your trusted ally. From Pendleton to Joseph, our dedicated team is here to protect your rights and advocate for your best interests.

Get a fierce focused advocate on your side.


Contact Russell Law Group online or call (541) 777-8032


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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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