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Philip Dale Russell

Criminal defense Attorney at Cos Cob, CT

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Phil Russell, Philip Russell


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Learn Philip’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    40%
    If you are the subject of criminal charges, you deserve to be represented by experienced attorneys who are passionate advocates for defendants in both state and federal courts. With over 25 years of experience in the field of criminal law, our firm is committed to providing the best possible defense under the most difficult of circumstances.

    35 years

  2. Personal injury
    25%
    When you or a loved one have been injured in an accident due to the negligent acts of another, where can you turn? At the Law Offices of Philip Russell, LLC, our passion is derived from the pursuit of justice on behalf of injury victims and we take pride in our work. Over the years, our team of attorneys have built a reputation of excellence within the legal community.

    35 years

  3. Civil rights
    20%
    Civil Rights litigation and in particular claims against law enforcement officials for excessive use of force and for other abuses are a specialized area of the law governed in large part by Federal Law. Since 1992 Philip Russell LLC has successfully litigated dozens of civil rights cases, and has handled every aspect of these types of claims from investigation and preparation, through trial and appeals, with a good track record of recovery.

    34 years

  4. Litigation
    15%
    At the Law Offices of Philip Russell, LLC, our team of attorneys knows what it takes to see our clients through the most complex litigation matters. The firm’s lawyers have diverse talents and extensive experience helping our clients with a broad spectrum of litigation matters. We pride ourselves on understanding the needs of our clients on a case by case basis.

    31 years

I try criminal cases to juries. I try civil cases to juries. I've argued appeals. Many lawyers who advertise on the internet and on AVVO have never done any of these things. When considering hiring a criminal lawyer, you should always ask: "How many jury trials have you tried?" If your lawyer can try cases, he or she can settle cases. If your lawyer doesn't or can't try cases, you and your attorney will have to do what the prosecutor or the attorney on the other side is willing to agree to. That usually means you have no choice but to plead guilty or apply for a probationary program, which your lawyer that you found on the Internet will tell you is "great."

It's that simple. Get a real criminal lawyer and get defended. 

To be Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, an attorney has to prove she or he has tried at least 50 felony cases. He has to take a full day written exam. He's got to take continuing legal education. Judges before whom he's appeared have to recommend him.  I am Board Certified in Trial Advocacy/Criminal Advocacy, and have been so since 1997. Very few criminal attorneys in Fairfield County are Board Certified. 

About our firm: Since 1992 Philip Russell LLC has been providing legal services, primarily in the fields of criminal /civil litigation. The firm also serves as trial or litigation counsel for lawyers and law firms which specialize in other areas of practice and find themselves in need of assistance for a particular matter.
  In addition to Certification in Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, I enjoy a peer rating of AV (highest) from Martindale Hubbell. Prior to 1992, I worked in the District Attorney's Office of Bronx County Rackets Bureau and a midsized Fairfield County law firm.

Mr. Russell has tried more than 80 jury trials to verdict, and has been successful in obtaining acquittals in felony cases and victories in civil, civil rights, and personal injury claims. Attorney Russell's trial skills and his willingness to go to trial has worked to avoid trials for scores of other satisfied clients.

The firm's associates have distinguished themselves academically and professionally.

Andrew Gould has substantial experience with criminal proceedings from arraignment through disposition. He is admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut, Massachussetts, and New York.

Catherine Keenan, a second generation Greenwich attorney, has litigated a variety of civil and administrative matters, briefed complex legal and appellate cases, and has been successul against some of Connecticut's largest firms and best known litigators. 

In addition, the firm has represented professionals in disciplinary and licensing cases. This includes lawyers, doctors, engineers, insurance and real estate agents. The firm has also defended regulated businesses including banks, pharmacies, etc. before state and federal agencies. In all these matters, diligent investigation, first class research and writing, and the firm's reputation for zealous advocacy make a difference. 

The firm has had good results in a variety of criminal matters including homicide prosecutions, assault cases, financial crimes, tax cases and sex crimes, as well as vehicular offenses. On the civil side, the firm has defended and prosecuted civil claims in every local forum including federal and state court, and probate court,before state and federal regulatory agencies, and in arbitrations and mediations.

Licensed for 37 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/28/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1985
Updated 11/17/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details

Contact Philip

Philip Russell, LLC
1 River Road
Cos Cob, CT, 06807

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Posted by Rob | January 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Professional, Caring
Andrew took on my case with the confidence of a truly informed professional. He was articulate and upfront with me.
Posted by Liz | December 21, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Slip and Fall
After dealing with a previous Attorney, I got lucky when his firm gave my case to another firm, since he would be leaving his practice. That attorney was Philip Russell and I could not have been blessed by having him on my side. His firm worked hard and diligently on my case, even though it was a slip and fall which is a very hard case to prove. The warm welcome and pleasant atmosphere in Attorney Russell's office is one where you feel protected.
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Posted by Patrick | December 21, 2019
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BEST LAWYER IN THE STATE OF CT
Phil has helped me with a multiple criminal and civil cases and the results were outstanding every single time. It is unreal how good he is at getting the best results for his clients. If you ever find yourself needing an attorney call his office ASAP.
Posted by John | September 22, 2017
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Phil is the best!
Phil handled a serious traffic violation which required my appearance in court. I couldn't make the date because I was leaving for vacation out of the country. All I had to do was take a picture of my ticket and email it to Phil. Not only did Phil take care of everything, he got the entire case thrown out!! Excellent work!
Posted by Jessica | January 27, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
Philip is the best lawyer I have ever had the experience of using. He is so professional and kind. He knows his job like the back of his hand. He will walk you through whats going on so you are not completely lost and answers all your questions. Hands down the best Lawyer around. Definitely would use him again.
Posted by John | January 26, 2017
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Not a better defender you will find
One word describes Phil. Relentless. I have never seen an Attorney go after a case the way that Phil does. To say he has a lot of passion about what he does would be an understatement. Try walking the streets with him. It will take you twice as long, as a lot of people come up to him to say hello. In fact I made a joke that I was walking with the Pope!!!
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Posted by Stephanie | January 26, 2017
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Great firm
Philip and his firm are great. They very nice and professional. They were there for me every step of the way. Always answered my calls and explained anything I questioned. They truly do everything in their power to help you and make it as easy as possible for you. I would recommend Philip to everyone and anyone. You don't be dissatisfied, his firm is the best.
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Posted by Doug | January 26, 2017
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Outstanding Counsel
Mr. Russell was one of the key components that allowed me to turn my life around, hit restart, and send me in the right direction. Phil is upright, honest, and works very tirelessly to see that you get the best possible representation. Highly recommend his law firm.
Posted by Kevin | January 26, 2017
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Good man - Great team
Phil and his associates helped me settle my mothers small estate. They always treated me and my family well and I am very lucky to have had them on my side. My questions were heard and answered. Our problems were resolved quickly. I have and will continue to recommend Philip Russell to anyone in the Fairfield county area. If you need a lawyer, Phil is your man.
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Posted by Beth | January 26, 2017
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Best Advice Ever Given
I hired Phil Russell to help me negotiate a retail space for Interior Design. He was a bit leery at first, but I convinced him I wanted to pursue this. He walked me through the process and we met with the building owner. After our meeting I realized he was right to not take this on. I have a thriving Interior Design business in downtown Stamford, but on the 2nd floor and not a retail space with retail overhead, retail staff, etc...His instincts were correct from day one, but he gave me the satisfaction to be sure of this myself. I feel he helped me dodge a bullet on that one.
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Posted by Jessica | January 26, 2017
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EXCELLENT!!!!
I was involved in a metro north derailment, at the time I was 5 months pregnant. Mr. Russell was patient and informative. He walked me through the entire process and made sure I understand every single step. He was relentless in making sure I got what I deserved. I am grateful with Mr. Russell and his team.
Posted by Edin | December 6, 2015
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Fighting for right.!
Phil Russell, Catherine Keenan and Mike Thomason have been working on a huge civil litigation matter for me and my family owned business for the past year and a half. This case is a make-or-break deal for us and we are all very satisfied and impressed with the work we’ve seen. In court, Phil was prepared and on point, and his cross examination skills were extraordinary. Everyone in the courthouse, from the clerks and marshals to the judges respect and like these attorneys.  I would recommend this law firm to anyone going into a court proceeding. They are top attorneys.  
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AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011.

Conditions issued in CT, 2011
updated on 02/01/2017

A condition is a disciplinary order from the Statewide Grievance Committee that an attorney fulfill a condition within a certain time frame. If the attorney does not fulfill a condition in a timely manner, the Superior Court may also impose any condition necessary to protect the public.

Philip's comment: “This was a fee dispute. I regret that I didn't have a written fee agreement, and probably shouldn't have accepted the representation. I accepted the reprimand, took a class, and moved on. Perhaps someday the Internet will, too.”

Suspension issued in NY, 2009
updated on 02/02/2017

Suspended means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Philip's comment: “This suspension was required by law as a result of a widely publicized Connecticut criminal prosecution. You can read about it on the Internet: http://www.nysun.com/opinion/silly-putty-of-the-law/85805/ The criminal lawyers associations, state and federal, supported my position and aided in my defense.”

Reprimand issued in CT, 2008
updated on 02/02/2017

A reprimand is an order from the Statewide Grievance Committee after it has found that an attorney has engaged in ethical misconduct. If an attorney receives more than 3 reprimands in 5 years, a presentment must be filed against the attorney so the Superior Court can decide if more serious discipline should be ordered.

Philip's comment: “I regret this incident. I did some work for a difficult client with whom I'd had a professional relationship for 15 years. When his wife left him he and his divorce lawyer sought a refund of fees I'd earned long before but for which i had no written fee agreement. I probably saved his life and I know i kept him out of jail, but i couldn't change who he was. I learned my lesson.”

Suspension issued in CT, 2007
updated on 02/02/2017

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Philip's comment: “This suspension was required by law as a result of a widely publicized criminal prosecution. If you want to see what can happen when a controversial lawyer acts decisively to do the right thing, you can read about this on the Internet: http://www.nysun.com/opinion/silly-putty-of-the-law/85805/. The lawyers' associations, state and federal, supported my position, filed briefs for me, and helped in my defense. My license was fully restored as soon as the case and a term of probation ended.”

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Ivey Barnum & O'Mara
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Bronx County Distirct Attorney's Office
  • 1984 - 1988

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1984
  • State University of New York At Binghamton
  • BA
  • 1981

Legal Cases

  • Frank Peluso v. JMR
  • Successful Outcome
  • State v. Daniel B.
  • Acquittal: Violation of Protective Order, Guilty, Attempt Murder
  • State v. JR
  • Deadlocked jury: mistrial
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Associations

  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2004
  • Connecticut Law Tribune
  • Editorial Board Member
  • 2001 - 2006
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Chair, Criminal Law Committee
  • 2000 - 2001
  • Greenwich Bar Association
  • President
  • 1993 - 1994
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • 1990 - 1995
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 2017
  • Admitted to Practice
  • United States Court of Claims
  • 2016
  • Amicus Brief recognition
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer's Ass'n
  • 1998
  • Board Certified
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • 1997
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Ignition Interlock Device Legislation
  • Ignition Interlock devices in Connecticut DUI, DWI prosecutions.
  • 2015
  • Don't Drop Your Briefcase and Run
  • Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • 2014
  • Criminal Practice Nuts and Bolts Session
  • Criminal Practice Basics
  • 2012

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"One does not achieve sucesss on behalf of clients without sustaining a few battle scars."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil walks the walk. Outstanding trial lawyer with unmatched experience and tenacity. I highly endorse Philip Russell"
Litigation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse Phil Russell for his skillful, dedicated and forceful representation of his clients. He has an extraordinarily broad knowledge of the law, especially but by no means limited to the criminal law."
Civil rights Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer.H'es very knowledgeable, aggressive ,yet practicle.Phil is a real "pro"."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Phil is one of, if not the, hardest working attorneys in the area. Always going that extra step for his clients. He has a great team next to him and I would recommend his firm to anyone who should ask."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Warching Phil on trial is always a pleasure as few can hold a jury in their hands as he, the last time I stopped in on him, he had the jury nodding along with him, smiling at his wit and ultimately, ruling in his clients favor. What more could one want in a lawyer than the ability to take it the distance and deliver, if necessary ...."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A knowledgeable, zealous, hard working well connected lawyer that gets the job done. I have seen the first hand the outstanding results he gets and recommend him unequivocally!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Russell is in all respects an outstanding attorney: intelligent, experienced, resourceful, gifted."
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Cos Cob Criminal defense Lawyer Philip Dale Russell
Philip Dale Russell
Criminal defense Attorney
Cos Cob, CT
Licensed for 37 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2011. See details