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Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    20 years, 2.5 thousand cases



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  • Graham C Fisher

    Russell S Barnett III is one of the most experienced and accomplished among the lawyers who defend serious felonies in Oregon. Mr. Barnett is a trial lawyer who wins big, hard cases, with a fierce intelligence and casual charm. And he’s been known to play a mean guitar.


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  • Jordan Michael New

    Russ is a tremendously well-informed defense attorney and a dangerous trial advocate. I recommend him enthusiastically.


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Contact info

Russell S. Barnett, III, P.C.

North Pacific Building, Suite 219
917 SW Oak Street
Portland, OR, 97205



Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension - Disciplinary
    issued in OR, 2000


    This sanction 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.

    Russell’s comment: “This was based on a fee agreement in use by my then employer--the dispute arose in my first year of practicing law. The matter took 3 years to resolve, and I immediately left that firm. My then employer was subsequently disbarred. I agreed to a 60 day suspension to end the matter and move on with my career. I will make all details available in response to inquiry.”

Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Life Saving AwardMultnomah County Sheriff's Department2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyRussell S. Barnett, III, P.C.2010 - Present
Chief Criminal Counsel/PartnerSquires & Barnett2009 - 2010
Assistant Chief Criminal CounselSquires & Lopez2006 - 2009
PartnerGardner, Honsowetz, Potter, Budge & Ford2003 - 2006
Staff AttorneyPublic Defender Services of Lane County, Inc.2000 - 2003
ShareholderRussell S. Barnett, III, Attorney at Law1999 - 2000
Associate AttorneyLinda J. Wilson & Associates1996 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Oregon State Bar, Bar Press Broadcasters Council CommitteeMember2007 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2000 - Present
American Bar Associationmember2000 - Present
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMember1995 - Present
Oregon State Bar, Bar Press Broadcasters Council CommitteeChair2010 - 2011
Oregon State Bar, Bar Press Broadcasters Council CommitteeSecretary2009 - 2010
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationSecretary2008 - 2009
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationBoard Member2007 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. Carolynn BellamyMurder=Not Guilty; Manslaughter=Not Guilty
State of Oregon v. Colleen RichardsonMurder=Not Guilty
State v. Bruce RetchlessNot Guilty all counts.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Major Crimes and Defenses (OCDLA)Manslaughter Chapter2004
Oregon Defense LawyerUse of the Demurrer in Defending Child Pornography Cases.2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
New Lawyers SeminarClosing Arguments--Telling the Rest of the Story2010
Annual Conference--Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers' AssociationInsult to Injury: Legal Aspects of Injury in Oregon Law2009
Annual Conference--Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers' AssociationDead Man Talking; what the autopsy can (and cannot) tell you.2008
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association New Lawyers SeminarMotion Practice2004
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Winning Defenses and New Legislation SeminarAffirmative Defenses2003
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association New Lawyers SeminarMotion Practice2003
Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers’ Association Annual ConferenceMaking the State’s Expert YOUR Witness2002