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Wade H. Russell

Criminal defense Attorney at Austin, TX

4.4   7 reviews

also known as Wade Russell

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Featured in CBS's 48 Hours Mystery, "Redemption Song."

Licensed for 39 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 1983
Updated 01/31/2023
State NM
Status Inactive
Acquired 1987
Updated 05/07/2012

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Wade H. Russell
505 W 12th St
Suite 200
Austin, TX, 78701


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Posted by Irene | February 21, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Wade is an excellent lawyer! Caring and capable. Looks out for client's best interests. Communicates regularly.
I heartily recommend Wade. My son couldn't have asked for better representation. For those in legal trouble and suffering from a disability, I think you will find Wade to be both compassionate and capable. My son has a mental illness and Wade was able to arrange for my son to get the psychiatric help he needed before appearing in court. Once my son stabilized, Wade worked out an arrangement for my son to meet legal conditions and report to court monthly. Once my son completed the requirements and made restitution, the charges were dismissed. Yet without Wade's help in getting my son the psychiatric help he needed and providing a framework for fulfilling legal conditions, I believe my son could very well still be incarcerated and mentally unstable. We were very lucky to have Wade as a lawyer.
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Posted by Brittney | February 15, 2014
He was right there through my whole experience and TRULY cares about his clients.
Mr. Russell was such a blessing to me through my "journey" with my criminal cases. I never doubted that I didn't have someone on my side. He really cared about not only about my criminal situation and my mental health status. He would come in person to talk about my cases, which most go without ever getting a visit, and having no idea what is going on, which is extremely stressful. He had so much knowledge about the laws AND knows ins and outs about how the DA works. He had my case completely dismissed, and it was a REALLY big case. The person I was with is in federal prison, and my case was dismissed. I would NEVER recommend or hire any other attorney. One who truly cares.
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Posted by Jonathan | July 26, 2013
Simply Awesome!!
Wade has always been there every step of the way. From a DWI, to me forgetting about a traffic ticket. Honest, not money hungry, he has helped me for the past 8 years! There is nothing too big or small for Wade. It was very cool to see Wade featured on CBS's 48 hours "Redemption Song".
Posted by anonymous | August 1, 2011
My Son Came Home
When he told me sometime ago everything was looking good for my son,HE TOLD THE TRUTH! IT just takes time.
Posted by Lauren | July 2, 2011
Wade Russell was recommended to me when I found myself in legal trouble others were only interested in the money they could make and all the different ways of scaring me into paying it. Mr. Russell took the time out of his day to call me back consult with me over the phone and go over the possible problems as well as tell me what the true implications were more likely to be. At that time and due to the circumstances surrounding my case he essentially talked me out of hiring him, later he wound up being appointed to me, I have had court appointed attorneys in the past, one big name that everyone said was an awesome attorney that didn't do anything for me. Wade spent the time, gave personal attention and did a thorough job. Better than any of the attorneys that I have had experience with in the past, appointed or high dollar. I trust him, and since I will be out of trouble from now on can only recommend him to friends family and anyone who wants quality representation!
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Posted by Matt | July 1, 2011
Realistic, hardworking and honest. He helped me put my life back together
I had several bad lawyers then I met Wade. I am grateful for his hard work and honesty. He didn't promise me the moon; he told me my options then worked hard to get an even better deal. His ethics, his work ethic, his responsiveness is all amazing. Today I have a great life and I attribute a lot of that to his help.
Posted by anonymous | November 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paid Him Money & HE Did NOTHING
We hired this attorney to defend a case. He failed to show up at court, and did NOTHING to defend or handle the case. I contacted him to get the fee refunded, and he was very abusive. I do not recommend him.
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Work Experience

  • Prosecutor
  • Travis County District Attorneys Office
  • 1989 - 1994
  • Prosecutor
  • Travis County Attorney's Office
  • 1984 - 1986


  • University of Houston Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974


  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New Mexico State Bar
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - 2011
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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He was a top notch criminal defense lawyer when he practiced in New Mexico, and upon his return to Texas, he has not skipped a beat."
Criminal defense
Austin Criminal defense Lawyer Wade H. Russell
Wade H. Russell
Criminal defense Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 39 years
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