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Scott Russell Shinn

Scott Russell Shinn

also known as Russell Shinn, Russ Shinn

About me

An experienced criminal defense attorney, Russell Shinn spent time as an enlisted infantryman and as a judge advocate before retiring and opening his own private practice dedicated to representing servicemembers at courts-martial and administrative separation proceedings. He has represented hundreds of clients accused of everything from homicide to simple assault. While he prefers that his clients not be in the media spotlight, some of his cases have garnered media attention due to the hard-hitting legal work he has done.


Before transitioning back to civilian life, Russell was hand-picked to be the first Officer-in-Charge of the Marine Corps' Defense Counsel Assistance Program, providing complex litigation support to over 90 defense attorneys and support personnel across the globe. He has been a Senior Defense Counsel, a Staff Judge Advocate, and held various other legal billets within the Marine Corps.


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Practice areas


  1. Military Law: 90%
    8 years, 950 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 10%
    1 year, 5 cases



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (30 minutes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

20 total 

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  • Paul Nicholas Saputo Jr.

    Russell was recommended to me and answered the phone late on a Friday night. That alone says a lot about Mr. Shinn. It was a pleasure to work with him.


    Paul Saputo Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael M Giel

    I endorse Russell Shinn. I knew him before he started his impressive legal career, back when we were both enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He has always impressed me with his intelligence, dedication, and tenacity, and in the time I have followed his entry into private practice, I've had no doubt that he brings the same traits into his daily practice of law. If I had a friend seeking help, I'd recommend Mr. Shinn without hesitation.


    Michael Giel Appeals Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

The Law Office of Russell Shinn, LLC

834-F South Perry St, Ste 114
Castle Rock, CO, 80104


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200710/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Guest of Honor, 2014 DSO Mess NightMarine Corps Defense Services Organization2014
Meritorious Service MedalMarine Corps Defense Services Organization2014
Navy-Marine Corps Commendation MedalMarine Corps Defense Services Organization2012
Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Impact)Marine Corps Defense Services Organization2012
Joint Service Commendation MedalJoint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay2011
Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal6th Motor Transport Battalion2007
Navy-Marine Commendation Medal with Combat VRegimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division2005
Combat Action RibbonRegimental Combat Team 12004
ScholarshipTexas Aggie Bar Association2003
Humanitarian Service MedalUnited States Marine Corps1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Russell Shinn, LLC2014 - Present
OIC, Defense Counsel Assistance ProgramUnited States Marine Corps2011 - 2014
Assistant Staff Judge AdvocateJoint Task Force - Guantanamo Bay2010 - 2011
Senior Defense CounselUnited States Marine Corps2009 - 2011
Staff Judge Advocate, JTF-505United States Marine Corps2009 - 2009
Legal Assistance OICUnited States Marine Corps2008 - 2009
Legal InternInternational Water Law Project2007 - 2007
ClerkWest Texas Innocence Project2006 - 2007
Commanding Officer, Bravo Company, 6th Motor Transport BnUnited States Marine Corps2006 - 2007
Executive Officer, Bravo Company, 6th Motor Transport BattalionUnited States Marine Corps2006 - 2006
Platoon Commander, 4th Anti-Terrorism BattalionUnited States Marine Corps2005 - 2005
Scout Platoon SergeantUnited States Marine Corps2004 - 2005
Infantryman (TOW & Javelin Gunner)United States Marine Corps1994 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the District of ColoradoAdmitted to Practice2015 - Present
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeF Warrior Member2014 - Present
Military Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationFounding Member2014 - Present
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2011 - Present
Guantanamo Bay Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Criminal Justice SectionMember2009 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Military Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Okinawa Bench and Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2011
State Bar of TexasMember2007 - Present
Judge Advocate AssociationMember2007 - 2008
Tech Law Board of BarristersCommittee Chair, Technology2005 - 2007
Texas Aggie Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
USMC - Rape, Conduct Unbecoming, AdulteryNot Guilty of Rape (Judge Alone Trial)
USMC - Rape, Sodomy, Assault, and Adultery case with three complaining witnesses(Jury) Not Guilty of Rape / later, the Assault and Sodomy convictions overturned on appeal
USMC - Male-Male Forcible Sodomy, Sexual Assault, Assault Consummated by a BatteryNot Guilty of All Charges (Jury)
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers CollegeTrial AdvocacyN/A2014
Center For American and International LawDefending Sexual Assault CasesN/A2013
Naval Justice SchoolLitigating Complex CasesN/A2009
National Institute for Trial AdvocacyLitigating Sexual Assault CasesN/A2009
Naval Justice SchoolMilitary LawN/A2008
Texas Tech University School of LawLawN/A2007
Texas A&M UniversityAnthropologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Veterans Radio Show, 21 Sept. 2014Service at Guantanamo Bay2014
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation CourseRoundtable Discussion: Working with Civilian Defense Counsel2014
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation CourseSmall Group Leader - Opening Statements2014
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation CourseSmall Group Leader - Cross Examination2014
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation CourseSmall Group Leader - Voir Dire2014
Military Defense Counsel Trial Litigation CourseElectronic Apps for Litigators & Plan B for When They Fail2014
DSO Annual CLECreative Motions & Jury Instructions2014
Annual Marine Corps DSO Mess NightGuest of Honor Speech - Using Fear as a Tool for Success2014
Sexual Assault Focused CLEInvestigating Allegations of Sexual Assault & Evidence Documentation2013
Response Systems Panel on Adult Sexual AssaultTraining Defense Attorneys & Sexual Assault2013
Quarterly Regional Defense Counsel TrainingTechnology & Advocacy2013
New Defense Counsel OrientationVoir Dire2013
New Defense Counsel OrientationWalk-In Counseling2013
New Defense Counsel OrientationCase Strategies & Murderboarding2012
Annual DSO ConferenceSharePoint & the Case Information System2012
Defense Counsel Annual ConferenceI Wish I Knew Then What I Know Now – Tips for New Defense Counsel2010
Lubbock Area Veterans War MemorialVeteran's Day Speech2006