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About me

Whenever I am not working on my cases, I enjoy photography, gardening, and world travel.  I also enjoy latin percussion and kayaking.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Federal Crime: 60%
    34 years, 500 cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 25%
    34 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  3. White Collar Crime: 10%
  4. Appeals: 5%
    34 years, 500 cases



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

13 total 

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  • Knut Sveinbjorn Johnson

    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.


    Knut Johnson Federal crime Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • George Fredrick Mueller

    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.


    George Mueller DUI and DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1901 First Avenue #138
San Diego, CA, 92101

1901 1st Ave Ste 138
San Diego, CA, 92101



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super Lawyer (top 5% of lawyers)Super Lawyers2009
Super Lawyer (Top 5% of lawyers)Super Lawyers2008
Kudos (Acquittal in First Degree Murder CaseSan Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association2007
Kudos (Acquittal in Largest Maritime Drug Case)San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association2004
Appellate Attorney of the Year (Reversal of Life Case)San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association1998
Certified Criminal Law SpecialistState Bar of California1995
Top 15% of Law School ClassUniversity of California, Davis1981
Top University Student Rhetoric/CommunicationUniversity of California, Davis1978
Phi Beta Kappa (top 1% of class)University of California, Davis1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Russell S. Babcock1990 - Present
Special ProsecutorDistrict Attorney's Office1991 - 1992
AttorneyRosner and Law1988 - 1990
Supervising Assistant Attorney GeneralAttorney General's Office1987 - 1988
Assistant District AttorneyDistrict Attorney's Office1982 - 1987
Deputy District AttorneyDistrict Attorney's Office1982 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Moot Court Judge, FinalsUniversity of San Dego School of Law2007 - Present
Sixth Circuit Court of AppealsPracticing Attorney1994 - Present
United States District Court Southern District of MIchiganPracticing Attorney1994 - Present
California Public Defenders AssociationMember1991 - Present
California Appellate Defense CounselMember1991 - Present
Criminal Justice Act (CJA Panel)Member1991 - Present
Ninth Circuit Court of AppealsPracticing Attorney1991 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaPracticing Attorney1991 - Present
William Enright Inn of CourtBarrister1998 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
People v. CovarubbiasAcquittal all charges, including murder
People v. ChagovicClient acquitted of all charges
People v. KasimLife Sentence reversed on appeal, defendant freed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Davis School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of California - DavisRhetoricA.B.1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Youth in CubaState of Education for Children in Cuba2000