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Russell Sheridan Babcock

Federal crime Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   84 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 42 years
    Colorado - CO 36 years
    Alaska - AK 41 years
  • Licensed for 42 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1981
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Administrative - Not authorized to practice No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 41 years
    State AK
    Acquired 1982
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Russell

Learn Russell’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Federal crime
    60%
    I practice both in state and federal court and have traveled to Russia, Mexico, Panama, Ecuador, and Colombia as well as appearing in more than ten state courts to help my clients.

    42 years, 800 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    25%
    I have worked in the San Diego area more than twenty years in criminal defense and have handled every kind of case from death penalty to DUI's

    42 years, 3,000 cases

  3. White collar crime
    10%
    I handle complex money laundering, structuring, fraud, and baking crimes.

    42 years, 200 cases

  4. Appeals
    5%
    I have defended individuals on appeal for more than two decades and was named the Appellate Attorney of the Year for San Diego in 1998.

    42 years, 500 cases

I live in San Diego.  In my spare time, I enjoy many hobbies including writing (see my published "Blind Mule Book" that deals with drug smuggling, available for purchase on the web,  gardening of exotic fruits and vegetables, wine and mead making, and Latin percussion.  I also love camping in the backcountry of San Diego and world travel, especially to Latin America.  

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Location

Russell Sheridan Babcock
1901 First Avenue #138
San Diego, CA, 92101

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Reviews

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Posted by Zach | November 29, 2023
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Amazing Defense Lawyer!
Russell B. really reduced stressors with case. I was nervous and really didn’t know what type of outcome to expect. His dedication and confidence allowed him to get me a lesser charge and no jail time. He has gone above and beyond as legal counsel handling my case. I would definitely refer him to friends and family. Zach H
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Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2023
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Excellent
El licenciado Russell y la abogada Nathalia siekavizza me ayudaron mucho gracias a ellos no tuve que ir a la cárcel tuvieron muy buena paciencia explicando punto a punto lo mejor para mi y me dijeron que iba a salir bien y así fue !mi familia y yo estamos demasiados agradecidos de ellos
Posted by Paul | August 8, 2023
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Mr. Babcock is a Marvel Avenger!
Not all super heroes wear capes. I have nothing but praises for Mr. Russell Babcock, he is the closest I have seen with super powers in a court room. Mr. Babcock represents the layman side of the law; through his counsel we were able to digest and understand all the terminology and processes required to follow taking our decision making to the next level. Since the initial counsel seeking phase Mr. Babcock showed true availability and genuine interest in knowing and understanding the case. He showed a very humane side since the first meeting, inspiring confidence, knowledge and experience. Due to these facts, it was an instant match and there are no regrets on this decision. Mr. Babcock during each of our meetings was very detailed oriented, pointing out all possible ramifications on each decision/path we decided to explore. Through his experience of over 30+ years helping defendants and his up-to-date knowledge of the federal/state law a very satisfactory result is guaranteed. How he handles himself in court shows professionalism and helps to transmit confidence to the defendant even in front of the toughest judge. He was able to pull a short of a miracle with one of the hardest judges in the southern district. I sincerely hope no one is even in the need of a lawyer but in the unfortunate event you are then Mr. Babcock is your go to lawyer. Highly recommended if you are looking for the best outcome. 100% availability is assured through him or his super-efficient assistant Nathalia, you will always get a quick response and attention to every of your needs. Nothing but praises for the super-fast track trial that Mr. Babcock helped resolved. Mr. Babcock is the poster child of professionalism, resourcefulness, knowledge and skillset of the law.
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Posted by anonymous | May 23, 2023
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Fedal Case
Mr. Babcock is an excellent defense attorney. He represented a family member from a federal case. His expected sentence was from 10 to life and Mr. Babcock was able to get him less than 3 years. As family we would want 0 time, but we also understand the complex of the case and the great job he did. He has a great team, and they are always willing to listen.
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Posted by Carlos | April 18, 2023
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Excelente servicio
Quiero decirte que recibí un excelente trató y servicio por parte del abogado y su equipo de trabajo lo cual lo recomiendo al 100% Es un abogado que lucha por ti y que trata de ayudarte lo mejor posible
Posted by Alma | April 17, 2023
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Excelente abogado
Es un excelente abogado y tiene un excelente equipo, siempre contestaron nuestras llamadas y mensajes, siempre nos mantenían informados sobre cómo iba el caso, gracias a dios todo salió muy bien y de varios años que le daban a mi hermana solo paso 11 meses, estamos muy agradecidos
Posted by anonymous | April 17, 2023
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Gracias
Ayudo a la familia con un problema que tuvimos pero gracias a su wxelente trabajo ya todo fue resuelto gracias abogado por todo
Posted by anonymous | April 10, 2023
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GREAT LAWYER
Mr. Babcock and Ms. Nathalya Siekavizza are the best law attorneys we could ever worked with, my family member had a very difficult case against and we had the best possible result, we are very happy. From our first meeting, he and she explained everything to us in terms we could easily understand and was always very responsive when I had questions. If anyone is looking for a knowledgeable attorney with great experience, then go to Mr. Babcock.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2023
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THE MAN !!
Very well recommend Russell. From the beginning, til the end Russell and assistant Nathalia showed interest in helping. The level of professionalism showed he is very well prepared. He did what I thought was impossible and granted me permission to travel out of state to visit my family and overall checked in with me every so often to ready my case and get me the best possible outcome in this case, when I consulted with him I knew he was perfect for the job and decided to hire him. He did just as promised and delivered. I couldn’t say he disappointed once. Great work Russell thank you!
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Posted by Gloria Torres | January 30, 2023
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Excelente abogado
En algunas ovaciones cuando tienes un problema legal y más cuando es un familiar en USA y tu en Mexico, es muy difícil confiar en que sea un fraude o solo quieran robarte por no poder estar en el paiz. Cuando encontré el Abogado Russel, fue para mi un verdadero alivio. Siempre contestaba mis llamadas y siempre estuvo muy atento en darme información sobre el caso de mi esposo. Me dio confianza y sobretodo le agradezco demasiado siempre su honestidad sobre todo momento. Si quieres un buen abogado y sobretodo honesto te recomiendo a Rossel y su equipo. De todo corazón les agradezco cada callada y tiempo que me dieron. Sobretodo el apoyo en el costo del caso. Que Dios los bendiga siempre por luchar por personas necesitadas.
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Posted by anonymous | January 22, 2023
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He works hard for his clients
I am very happy with the outcome of my case.. he worked hard with me to get a good out come with my case...
Posted by Maria | December 5, 2022
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Supera las expectativas
Mi esposo tuvo un problem de mula ciega en la garita Tijuana-San Diego, consultamos varios abogados los cuales nos dijeron que el caso era muy complicado y las expectativas no eran muy buenas, pero al consultar al Abogado Russell Babcock y a la Abogada Nathalia Siekavizza nos demostraron su profesionalismo a contestar cada una de nuestras dudas no importando la hora o el dia siempre estaban atentos, su empatia, experiencia y conocimiento superaron nuestras expectativas , no solo consiguieron una fianza para que mi esposo estuviera en casa durante el proceso, sino que el caso fue desestimado al comprobar la inocencia de mi esposo. 100% recomendados.
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Posted by Cindy | November 16, 2022
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My dad's felony charge was dismissed! A great experience.
My dad was facing a significant sentence due to a drug-related felony charge. Unfortunately, he was set up as a drug mule at the San Diego border. Luckily my family was able to get in contact with the law office of Russell Babcock. I have never been more grateful to have invested in a lawyer. In collaboration with Nathalia Siekavizza, Russell was able to get the charges dismissed completely! Throughout the process, he was also able to get my dad on bail so that he could spend time with us while we waited to see what would happen. This was truly valuable to us as there was a lot of uncertainty in this experience. I could tell that they truly care and are passionate about fighting for their clients. They were very proactive in answering all of our questions and keeping us informed along the way. They also had a ton of knowledge on these types of cases which not only helped ease our minds but was crucial in fighting this case. This experience has truly been life-altering and we are very grateful to have had their support. I truly recommend their services to anyone who is looking for an experienced, knowledgeable, and empathetic support group.
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Posted by Ana | October 18, 2022
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El mejor
Mi esposo tuvo un problema legal donde le daban 10 años, gracias al trabajo del abogado junton con la abogada Natalia Siekavizza solo le dieron 18 meses. Durante el proceso siempre al pendiente de contestar nuestras dudas, muy accesible en el pago. La mejor opción que pudimos tener.
Posted by Dawn | June 21, 2022
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Amazing lawyer
I was in a drunk driving accident 12-2021 and was looking at definite jail time. Russell went out of his way to meet me when I was in rehabilitation. From day one, I was always able to get in touch of him day or night, weekends, holidays, it did not matter the time. I was sentenced with no jail time and he is still reaching out to me and making sure I am okay. Also, he is not one of those attorneys that charges by the hour, it was a flat fee that I felt was very reasonable. Russell is a very caring, knowledgeable person and I appreciate everything he has and is doing for me.
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Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2022
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Thank you Mr. Russell & Nathalia for all you hard work and efforts in my sister's criminal case, always answer all our questions we had and for keeping us informed of everything, we are very happy for the results.. I would without a doubt recommend to anyone excellent lawyer.
Posted by Roberto | May 24, 2022
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Best lawyer
Russell always answered all my calls ,, excellent communication,, he always kept me in the loop,, He provided us very good guidance,, Highly recommended!!! Thank you for everything all your support!!!
Posted by Miguel | May 18, 2022
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Young lady caught at border
A close relative recently moved to San Diego, and subsequently got drawn in by a colleague to cross the SD/TJ border to lend her car to his friends; she was left in a hotel room, and when they gave back the car, Border Control detected a gas tank full of drugs. Thus began a nerve-wracking nightmare. We sought out a knowledgeable attorney to guide us through our options. I interviewed three to query their approaches, tone and attempt to elucidate their effectiveness. Mr. Babcock provided the most meaningful and coherent explanation of what needed to happen, sounded empathetic yet realistic, and had broad experience with similar cases. The case dragged on, with so many tense moments and fears of the unknown. Yet through it, Russell proved to be attentive, responsive, patient and understanding. While much of his work was invisible to us, he helped us understand we were in a marathon, not a sprint. The twists and turns in the process were navigated adeptly, and it was clear Russell had his finger on the pulse of the system. He never ceased working towards the best solution under the circumstances, even when it meant waiting. I found that the best way to interact was to deliver what he requested in the most expedient manner. I was often delivering quicker than he expected, which gave him greater freedom to work on our behalf. If you have questions, ask; when he didn't respond in my timing, I'd ask again. He always found the time to give a thorough explanation. While he didn't believe everything told to him by us or the client (and admittedly, our emotions were high) he did always receive and process it, and attempt to verify its fit with all the evidence. We learned that Russell, although he's seen a wide variety of situations, has a passion and integrity in his work, as well as a thorough knowledge of the law I have to say the outcome was truly extraordinary, and if you choose Mr. Babcock, he will look for the real "you", demonstrate compassion with your plight, and guide you into your best solution. You, as the client, a friend or relative, should show your support at every turn, pray without ceasing, take some deep breaths, and help all your loved ones rebuild towards stronger bonds and futures.
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Posted by anonymous | May 17, 2022
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San Diego
Russell was very conscientious and showed care for us during the difficult circumstances we faced. His understanding of the law and his very realistic approach and presentation were so helpful. He did well under circumstances that didn't afford him a lot of opportunity for positive results.
Posted by Rosalin | April 9, 2022
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Worse Nightmare ever!!
July 20 20 was the most worst year ever in our family life , my daughter got in criminal issues with us government , the charges were really scary , according to the us laws she could of spent years incarcerated, we consulted several federal criminal attorneys with very little hope because of the big charges set against her plus the unreasonable cost the attorneys were charging us. finally after consulting with several attorneys , we found Mr. Russell Babcock and he was a blessing from the first time I talked to him, he gave me a lot of confident hope and now great results, like I said her case was real bad on top all the issues dealing with her to get things done right on her side, it was a nightmare , Mr Russell had a lot of patient knowledge to get things done right , he gave lots of support to her and our fam he really knew what the best route to guide us was throughout this nightmare I’m very satisfied and happy with the results given, and I humbly want to appreciate and thank him for all his time spent in this case efforts given took the time to talk to us or respond our calls even on weekends and all the keep in touch emails really Thank You So Much Attorney Russell Babcock for given us our girl back home soon!!! We Really Appreciate You and Highly Recommend your knowledge and your Criminal Law Firm.”The Best”
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-450 per hour
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Office of Russell S. Babcock
  • 1990 - Present
  • Special Prosecutor
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Rosner and Law
  • 1988 - 1990
  • Supervising Assistant Attorney General
  • Attorney General's Office
  • 1987 - 1988
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 1982 - 1987
  • Deputy District Attorney
  • District Attorney's Office
  • 1982 - 1982
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Education

  • University of California at Davis School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of California, Davis
  • A.B.
  • 1978

Sample of Legal Cases

  • People v. Covarubbias
  • Acquittal all charges, including murder
  • People v. Chagovic
  • Client acquitted of all charges
  • People v. Kasim
  • Life Sentence reversed on appeal, defendant freed

Associations

  • Moot Court Judge, Finals
  • University of San Dego School of Law
  • 2007 - Present
  • Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1994 - Present
  • United States District Court Southern District of MIchigan
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1994 - Present
  • California Public Defenders Association
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • California Appellate Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Criminal Justice Act (CJA Panel)
  • Member
  • 1991 - Present
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1991 - Present
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Practicing Attorney
  • 1991 - Present
  • William Enright Inn of Court
  • Barrister
  • 1998 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer (top 5% of lawyers)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer (Top 5% of lawyers)
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Kudos (Acquittal in First Degree Murder Case
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Kudos (Acquittal in Largest Maritime Drug Case)
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 2004
  • Appellate Attorney of the Year (Reversal of Life Case)
  • San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association
  • 1998
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist
  • State Bar of California
  • 1995
  • Top 15% of Law School Class
  • University of California, Davis
  • 1981
  • Top University Student Rhetoric/Communication
  • University of California, Davis
  • 1978
  • Phi Beta Kappa (top 1% of class)
  • University of California, Davis
  • 1977
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Publications

  • Fiction Novel Based on my experience defending drug smuggling cases
  • The Blind Mule
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • Youth in Cuba
  • State of Education for Children in Cuba
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (12)
Endorse Russell
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Russell and I worked together on a difficult bank robbery case and he was able to secure a fantastic deal for his client. He works hard, is very committed, and he is a terrific lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Unquestionably competent, consistently conscientious, endlessly hardworking, always helpful, and highly dedicated, it is well-known this exceptional lawyer is an excellent trial attorney who is a tremendous asset to the Defense Bar community. Any person in need who hires this superb attorney will know he or she is in capable hands. For a number of positive reasons, I am honored to endorse Mr. Babcock."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Russell is an exceptional criminal defense attorney whose reputation speaks for itself. Highly recommended lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Russell. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Babcock is an excellent attorney. I have had the opportunity to view him in trial as an opposing counsel. Attorney Babcock was aggressive, prepared and a strong advocate for his client. He ultimately prevailed in the matter in which we were opposed. Attorney Babcock is very knowledgeable of the law. His experience as a former prosecutor combined with years of experience as a criminal defense attorney makes him one of the best attorneys in San Diego County. I recommend him without reservation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This attorney works very hard for the client and keeps up with the law by attending legal seminars to assist them in this regard. I endorse this attorney."
Appeals Attorney | Sep 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Your resume speaks for itself and I consider you a valuable member of the attorney community. I would recommend you to anyone and everyone who needs your services. I whole heartedly endorse this lawyer!"
Unknown Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I go to Russ for advice in many cases. He has incredible experience and is highly intelligent. Prosecutors know they have their hands full when Russ is involved. Great lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Friend
"Russell is a very hard worker and an intelligent advocate. I have watched him at trials and he develops a great rapport with the jury. He is very skilled and a great lawyer. I recommend him highly."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 20
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse russell's work. i have known him for over 25 years and once worked with him in the anchorage, alaska city prosecutor's office. he is intelligent, hard-working and cares a great deal about each of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse this lawyer's work. Russell Babcock is a fellow criminal defense lawyer in the community with whom I have known and worked together for nearly 25 years. He is a "lawyer's lawyer," dedicated to getting results and satisfying his clients. Russ works 24/7 and has also obtained recognition by his peers, having received the "Super Lawyer" award for 2008 and 2009. We continue to associate on countless criminal matters, thereby giving our respective clients the benefit of our team approach to strategize legal issues, facts and circumstances."
General practice Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"This is one of the hardest working and most talented lawyers who works very hard for his clients."
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San Diego Federal crime Lawyer Russell Sheridan Babcock
Russell Sheridan Babcock
Federal crime Attorney
San Diego, CA
Licensed for 42 years
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