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William J. Routsis II

DUI and DWI Attorney at Reno, NV

4.6   11 reviews
  • Licensed for 29 years
    State NV
    Acquired 1994
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William J. Routsis II is licensed to practice law in both Nevada and California and has provided relentless representation to individuals charged with crimes for more than two decades. As a philanthropically motivated attorney with a sincere desire to protect the rights of underserved communities, Mr. Routsis has devoted much of his professional career to providing pro bono legal services to those overburdened by the unfair realities of the criminal justice system. Mr. Routsis is passionate about the pursuit of justice and handles each of his client’s cases with the utmost care and attention detail, and ensures that each client is provided the highest quality of representation possible.

During the previous twenty-five years Mr. Routsis has established an impeccable trial record highlighted by eight homicide trials resulting in zero guilty verdicts. In each of these cases Mr. Routsis genuinely believed that his client was innocent of the alleged offenses and worked tirelessly to gain that recognition from the jury. Mr. Routsis successfully defended his first murder trial in Bakersfield, California in the case State of California v. Teddy Wilson. At the time of this trial Bakersfield was dealing with a serious corruption problem in its forensic pathology department and the District Attorney’s office. Owing to the tenacious efforts of Mr. Routsis, Teddy Wilson was granted an acquittal by the judge before the jury could deliberate. After the defense closed its case, concluding a two week jury trial, Mr. Routsis made a unique request under California law asking the judge to direct a verdict of acquittal. The standard of review necessary to remove a case from the jury after a trial is a “finding that no reasonable juror could find the Defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.” Any attorney or judge would tell you that this is essentially unheard of following a heated homicide trial. Nonetheless, pursuant to order from the Superior Court Judge, Mr. Wilson was acquitted and freed by a directed verdict after a full trial.. (Please read further about this unique case in the “Featured Cases” section of this website which includes a newspaper article about this case.)

William Routsis grew up in the Lake Tahoe area and attended high school at Incline High School before attending college at the University of Nevada, Reno. After completing his undergraduate studies he enrolled in the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California, and concluded his legal studies as one of the top two students in the field of constitutional law. When he is not working on his clients cases Mr. Routsis enjoys exercising and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, swimming and playing tennis. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Mr. Routsis earned the title of Collegiate National Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion twice, and spent time training professionally.


William J. Routsis, II, Esq.
1070 Monroe St.
Reno, NV, 89509

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Posted by Ryan | June 9, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great job!
He got two serious alleged felonies knocked down to petty misdemeanors and I never even had to step in a court room! He's a magician as far as I'm concerned.
Posted by Jeanie | June 1, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
Tells it like it is!!!
Had a consultation with Mr.Routsis and he was as impressive as I thought he would be. To the point. Professional no B.S. here! Loved his office and dog Bam-Bam. I totally trust his advice! Would highly recommend! A+ made me feel 100% better.
Posted by Wynn | June 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer out there
A couple months ago my life was on the line and all odds against me with 6 serious deadly new charges and a probation hold, but with William Routsis in control, all charges were dismissed. Best lawyer out there by far and I would recommend him to anyone that is fighting for their life. He has beat many friends of mines cases and other people I have came across that has hired him. Ask about him and you will only here positive results. The president couldn’t keep me in a cell with this man around. He not only saved my life but many people I know as well.
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Posted by Stacy A. | July 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
No doubt best lawyer, won our case because of his knowledge and trusted relationships
William Routsis II knows the system inside and out, he's built trusted relationships over the years within the justice arena. His professionalism and determination brought this case to a close and we won our case. He is also very compassionate, very helping during times like these.
Posted by Kyle | December 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent and Determined
Mr. Roustis was very helpful in getting the result we wanted for my misdemeanor. The prosecutor wanted a ridiculous sentence for my crime and Mr. Roustis stood by my side and challenged them all the way to the end, he'd did not budge and was willing to take them to trial. Mr. Roustis's persistence and expertise we were able to come up with a great plea deal that I am very happy with. I high recommend Mr. Roustis for any one that needs a lawyer that is no non sense and committed to getting the result you want.
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Posted by Jose | November 9, 2016
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Excellent Representation
I was recommended to hire William Routsis by another friend and I was very glad I did, he was able to get the case dropped. He is a straight forward man and instilled confidence in me that due to the cases circumstances everything would be ok and it all went great. I do recommend him.
Posted by Maira | September 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in town
William Routsis has to be the best lawyer my family hired for my brothers case. William is dedicated to his job and most of all his clients. He straight forward and likes the job done right the first time. I will forever be thankful to him for all he has done for my family and all the hard work him and his assistant has put in for us. He is the guy to go to for any criminal case.
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Posted by Cyndi | June 1, 2016
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Fabulous lawyer and ur best choice!!! Hands down
Have hired him 3 times and won every time...straight forward about what he can do for u...then follows thru...he hasnt let me down on anything...absolutely should be everyones first choice!!! Hes a man of his word!!! :)
Posted by Travis | March 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great job!!!
I would recommend Mr. Routsis!!! He did a fabulous job getting my case dropped down to a minimal, he will fight for you. With more than fair prices. Couldnt done it without ya, so happy with the outcome!! Thanks soo much!!
Posted by Alma Solis | February 11, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Number 1 Attorney
I fully recommand William Routsis as a defense Attorney, he helped us get through a dificult case. he is the most honest Attorney we have ever met, we thank him greatly for all his help and dedication!
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2023
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Really did nothing!
No defense or fight in our case.. no defense or negotiation! Awful lawyer..Took the money and did nothing..
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Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2016

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DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 01
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"I endorse this lawyer. William is an incredible advocate for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
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"William is an excellent lawyer. I am always impressed by the way he represents his clients. He is professional and kind. He cares about his clients. If you pick William as your defense attorney, you will not be disappointed! He will exceed your expectations."
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Reno DUI and DWI Lawyer William J. Routsis II
William J. Routsis II
DUI and DWI Attorney
Reno, NV
Licensed for 29 years