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An Austin criminal lawyer, Wade Russell has extensive experience in all types of criminal cases:   as an Assistant County Attorney prosecuting DWI and Assault cases; as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting every type of felony case, as well as white collar crime, and motor fuels tax fraud.

Wade Russell has practiced criminal law since 1984, starting as a prosecutor in the Travis County Attorney’s Office.  After working in the New Mexico Public Defender’s Office and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office, he began his private criminal defense practice practice in 1994. Wade Russell has defended a wide variety of felony and misdemeanor charges.  He has won many cases on appeal, either as the trial lawyer who found and litigated the legal issue in court, or as the lawyer appealing the case himself.

Board Certified in 2003, he is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, and a member of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  Mr. Russell has a proven track record of success as a criminal defense lawyer who handles all types of cases.

Board Certified, Criminal Law,
Texas Board of Legal Specialization.

Bar Membership

1983, Texas; 1987, New Mexico; 1998, U.S. District Court, Northern District of New Mexico; 2000, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas. Recipient, College of State Bar of Texas Certificate.

Law School

University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1983.


University of Texas at Austin, B.A., Government, 1974. Wroxton College, Banbury, UK., 1973. Austin College, 1969-1971.


Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Directors); Travis County Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; State Bar of New Mexico; Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

Cases Won On Appeal

Kutner v. Russell, 658 S. W. 2d 585 (Tex. Cr. App. 1983; rehearing denied); State v. Porter, 996 S. W. 2d 317 (Tex. App–Austin 1999; rehearing denied) (trial counsel), Zurla v. State, 109 N.M. 640, 789 P. 2d 588 (New Mexico S. Ct. 1990); Franks v. State, No. 03-06-00231-CR (Tex. App.–Austin 2007) (trial counsel).


Webster City, Iowa, December 18, 1950.

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