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Russell Shinn

OWNER & MILITARY DEFENSE COUNSEL

Career Highlights

  • Successful career representing servicemembers
  • Teacher, mentor, and leader of defense attorneys across the globe
  • Recognized, award-winning litigator in courts-martial and administrative separation boards
  • Passionate and zealous advocate for servicemembers of all branches
  • Served as both a defense attorney and government attorney, advising commands and individual clients

A True Passion for Defense

Russell Shinn is a retired Marine judge advocate and prior enlisted infantryman, enlisting in 1994 and retiring from active duty in 2014. He is also a zealous advocate for defending our Constitution and individual liberties.

He's worked tough cases - homicide, rape, forcible sodomy, child pornography, assault with a deadly weapon, to name a few - and he's worked high-profile cases featured on major news networks including NBC, CBS, Fox, CNN, ABC, and MSNBC, among others. He was hand-picked to start the brand-new Defense Counsel Assistance Program within the Marine Corps, providing expert advice, resources, and consultation to Marine defense attorneys across the globe. He has testified in front of a Congressionally-mandated panel on sexual assault and aided his sister-services in the development of training and material for their defense attorneys and support personnel.

Raised in the Deep South (Starkville, MS and Central, SC) for most of his childhood, Russell moved to Texas his senior year of high school. He grew up knowing he was going to be a Marine. That being said, he was a scrawny kid - quite aware of the inequalities of size and influence - but determined to fight for the right and just causes.

As a Marine, Russell has served - and excelled - in every billet from an infantry scout platoon sergeant to a logistics company commander, from a defense counsel to a staff judge advocate, in places as far flung as Okinawa, Japan; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Camp Fallujah, Iraq; Camp Lejeune, NC; and at the Pentagon. He has been in intense combat during Operation PHANTOM FURY and battled in the courtroom across the globe.

Russell is known throughout the military justice community for his ability to fight - smart and hard - in and out of the courtroom to get his clients the best possible outcome.

Fee Estimates

Some lawyers choose not to provide their rates on their websites, especially for flat fees. I respectfully disagree. You need to know going in what the cost will be and what service you are getting for what you are paying. Lawyers can be expensive. You can find civilian defense lawyers cheaper than me, but if you choose to retain me, you are paying for experience, intellect, and passion, among other things. Is it expensive to find a lawyer? No, it’s not. It is expensive to find a good, experienced lawyer.

My flat-rate and hourly fees are negotiable and they do vary depending on the complexity of the case. For example, I charge less for a simple unauthorized absence case with only a few witnesses involved than I do for a more complex case that involves experts, lots of witness, and exhibit production.

The estimates below are a general guideline of what I charge and if you decide to retain me as your military defense counsel, you will be certain that I earn every penny working to get you the best possible outcome. I can't guarantee you a specific result, but I can guarantee you hard work, communication, strong ethics, and a track record that backs up my claims.

I normally charge $300/hour for clients who elect to not have a flat fee plan or if it makes sense for their particular issue. That sounds like a lot. It is a lot. What that brings you is the peace of mind and the experience that Russell Shinn can add to your case. If you think that an experienced attorney is expensive, dealing with the aftermath of an inexperienced attorney is much worse.
BLUF: I charge a range, depending on case complexity, of $10,000-15,000 for most special courts-martials. Yours could be less, or more.

Flat fees are different than what you may be used to from TV, or your prior experience with an attorney. Flat fees cover the attorney fees, but not the court costs or the cost of expert witnesses that are not covered by the convening authority.

BLUF: I charge a range, depending on case complexity, of $10-12,000 for most Article 32's. This may change in the relatively near future since the FY14 NDAA made substantial changes to the Art 32 process. Yours could be less, or more.

Flat fees are different than what you may be used to from TV, or your prior experience with an attorney. Flat fees cover the attorney fees, but not the court costs or the cost of expert witnesses that are not covered by the convening authority.

BLUF: I charge a range, depending on case complexity, of $30-50,000 for most GCMs. You are probably saying "holy s**t, that's a lot of money!" You're right. It is. What that number brings you is hundreds and hundreds of hours of work, all focused on getting you the best possible outcome.

Flat fees are different than what you may be used to from TV, or your prior experience with an attorney. Flat fees cover the attorney fees, but not the court costs or the cost of expert witnesses that are not covered by the convening authority.

BLUF: I normally charge between $10,000 - $15,000 for a BOI or officer administrative separation hearings.

Boards of Inquiry are a strange breed - its a nonjudicial board but it is closer to a "trial" than an enlisted administrative separation board, with the more-senior members, the judge advocate recorder/prosecutor, and other issues that make it a more complex process than an enlisted administrative separation hearing.

Flat fees are different than what you may be used to from TV, or your prior experience with an attorney. Flat fees cover the attorney fees, but not the court costs or experts involved not covered by the Separation Authority.

BLUF: I charge between $5,000-$10,000 for enlisted administrative separation board hearings.

Flat fees are different than what you may be used to from TV, or your prior experience with an attorney. Flat fees cover the attorney fees, but not the travel costs or experts involved not covered by the Separation Authority.

These fees I charge for MedBoards and PEB cases vary on the client's ability to pay and my current workload. I understand the sensitive nature of these issues and I am willing to discuss a fee structure that will work for the client and the law office.

Having a determination by the MEB or PEB that is correct is absolutely vital in getting what you rate. Some clients want, desperately, to be found fit so they can return to the fight. Others want only to be given the determination that they deserve and rate. They sometimes need a lawyer to help them in this fight. As a medically-retired judge advocate, I can speak from experience that I am well-suited to help.

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