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Marine Corps
Marine Corps
A Marine Defending Marines

As both an infantry leader and a judge advocate in the Marine Corps, Russell Shinn knows Marines. Whether it’s from years as enlisted combat-seasoned grunt or years helping Marines in trouble, Russell is the advocate you want on your side…  Tough, no-nonsense, but approachable. He knows what the barracks are like and can relate to clients because of 20 years being around Marines just like you. Don’t wait, pick up the phone.   Free Consultation

US Army
US Army
An Army of Two

Whether you’re at Ft Carson, Korea, or even at GTMO, Russell Shinn has served alongside some of the best soldiers in the Army and he knows what it takes to get a successful resolution for a bad Officer Evaluation Report (OER) or NCOER, court-martial, or if you’re looking a being chaptered out. If your career is in trouble, your best bet is talking to Russell sooner rather than later. Never one to back down from a tough fight, we can take on Big Army and fight your battles together. Free Consultation

US Air Force
US Air Force
On Target, On Time

As a member of the best Air Force in the world, you know that results matter. You know that you need the right answer, at the right time… Nothing less will do. Russell Shinn understands this.  As a combat veteran who worked with airmen both in and out of theater, Russell knows how to “speak Air Force” and make things happen for his clients. Whether you’re a doolie at USAFA or at the end of a long career in the Air Force, Russell Shinn can help solve your problems. Free Consultation

US Navy
US Navy
One Team, One Fight

The friendly rivalry that has long-existed between the Marines and the Navy has created some pretty good inter-service jokes, but you can rest assured that if you retain Russell Shinn as your attorney, there will be ‘One Team, One Fight.’  Russell has served aboard several fine Navy ships and is even an Emerald Shellback, crossing the Greenwich/Equator aboard the USS KEARSARGE. He knows both blue-water Navy and green-water Navy and can assist in all manner of adverse actions and courts-martial. Free Consultation

US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard
Always Ready

The first time Russell Shinn had the chance to work with the Coast Guard, he was stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He had always heard good things about the Coasties, but he was ill-prepared for exactly how amazing they performed. From that day forward, each time he has had the chance to work with the Coast Guard, that initial impression has been reinforced. If you are a Coast Guardsman and are in need of his services, Russell would be proud to help you in your time of need. Pick up the phone and give him a call. Free Consultation

About Us

A Military and Criminal Law Practice Rooted in Service Before Self

Representing clients at criminal trials and administrative hearings requires that Russell Shinn be well-versed in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the US Code, the Colorado Criminal Code, the implementing regulations, and the individual services’ regulations surrounding evaluations and separations. His practice is rooted in trial advocacy, client interaction, military culture, and negotiations. Russell’s clients are some of the best clients an attorney can have. Often selfless, patriotic, and motivated, they face the entire weight of the government thrown against them when accused at a court-martial, trial, or when they require representation at administrative separation hearings. They are located at every base, post or station across the globe and are often away from their family and support network, meaning that having a zealous advocate on their side is of the utmost importance. Having an attorney that you – the client – knows without a doubt is on your side 100% is vital for not only success, but your emotional well-being throughout what can be a very long process.  Russell will never guarantee you an outcome, but what he can guarantee you is loyalty, hard work, and zealous advocacy on your behalf. If (or when) you choose Russell as your attorney, you can rest a bit better at night knowing you are in good hands.

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Russell Shinn
Owner | Principal Attorney

Dedicated to defending American servicemen and women as his primary practice, Russell Shinn works hard to get you justice.


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Russell’s Four Rules

I have four general rules for my clients (and friends, family and others).  This isn’t legal advice for any particular case, just good rules to live by.

Rule #1. Shut Up
Rule #2. Stay Out of Trouble.
Rule #3. Bust Your Butt at Work.
Rule #4. Never, Ever Lie to Me.

Our Practice Areas, By Percentage

Military Law - 90%
Courts-Martial - 20%
Administrative Separation Boards - 20%
Boards of Inquiry - 30%
Cadet Misconduct Allegations - 20%
State & Federal Criminal Law - 10%

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Outstanding lawyer who will fight for his client. I was very fortunate to have Russ join my legal team representing me in the Marine Corps. Having worked with several military lawyers over the last 10 years, Russ stood out among his peers. He was determined and dedicated in his representation of me as well as keeping me informed on developments with my case. His superb knowledge of the law allowed him to give me options and explain things in laymen’s terms. Russ is not afraid to stand up for his client, no matter how big the opposition may be and do what is right. I would not hesitate to use him again or recommend him to anyone needing military representation. Russ is someone you can trust when you need help and don't know where to turn.
Captain / US Marine Corps
Excellent! Russell was great. I talked to alot of attorneys before going with Russell. He was extremely knowledgeable right from the beginning. He knew my schedule was crazy and made himself available whenever I was free. He spent time going over everything with me making sure I knew what was happening at all times. He went above and beyond to make sure that I had the best turn out possible. I'm ecstatic with my experience with him because everything turned out better than I could have thought. I would not hesitate to use him again or recommend him to anyone needing his assistance.
Fire Control Technician Seaman (E-3) / US Navy
Domestic Violence Charge Against My Son. Bottom Line Up Front: Russ was the absolute finest lawyer I have ever secured and known in over 26 years of Military Active Duty Service. Without having Russ represent my son in a Court of Law, he would not have been cleared of "ALL charges" against him. I would not hesitate to hire Russ again, and would fight hard to have him on our team. If you are thinking about securing Russ to represent you--stop now, contact him immediately, and have him represent you now!
Colonel / US Army
"Professionally Gifted" Scott Russell Shinn is a honorable, informative, caring, and passionate lawyer. He made sure to explain everything to me as to raise my knowledge, not lower to my level. Not once did I ever see him overlook any detail in my situation while maintaining the upmost respect for me. Even with higher education and all the responsibility of a commissioned Marine Officer, he always stayed grounded and fair. I will recommend Scott Russell Shinn to argue my case to get in the "pearly gates."
Lance Corporal / US Marine Corps
Russ is a passionate and experienced lawyer who was an integral part of the Marine Corps Defense Services Organization for several years. I frequently drew upon Russ' guidance in representing my own clients, and was always impressed with his ability to identify the heart of a legal issue and offer common sense - but effective - approaches to it.
Gabriel Boenecke
Military Attorney / US Marine Corps
A passionate and dedicated defender. Thinks out of the box to get results for his clients.
Nic Grey
I knew Russ Shinn when he was a Defense Counsel at Okinawa, Japan. I was a prosecutor there and saw him in trial frequently. I have a strong respect for his work ethic and trial abilities. As a prosecutor, I admired defense attorneys who were honest, diligent, and always well prepared for their cases. That was Russ. I could always trust that he was shooting straight during plea negotiations. I also knew that if we went to trial, he would be well prepared and would mount a formidable defense.
Paul Ervasti
Military Attorney / US Marine Corps
Russell Shinn is a superb lawyer. I have known him for several years and have personally sought out his advice on cases. His guidance is always on-point and tremendously helpful. He is a smart and fierce advocate for his clients. If you are facing a legal issue in the military of any kind, hire Russell today. You will not be disappointed.
Jeff King
Criminal Defense Attorney / The Law Office of Jeff King
I worked with Captain Shinn on a military justice matter while he was on active duty as a defense attorney/judge advocate. He more than lived up to his reputation as tough, smart, and innovative. We were quite successful in that case, in no small measure to Russell Shinn being on the case. I would hire him to defend a family member against the most serious of criminal charges. He is that good. Semper Fi!
Patrick J. McClain
Military Defense Attorney / The Law Offices of Patrick McClain
Russ Shinn is a brilliant and tireless advocate. He fights for clients both in and out of the court room. I highly recommend his services! (Note: no known relation between Ms. Shinn and Russell Shinn.)
Erin Shinn
Criminal Defense Attorney / The Law Offices of Erin Shinn
I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Russ and I worked together on a wrongful death case several years ago and Russ was instrumental in getting the charges against our client dismissed. He is an excellent advocate, cares about his clients deeply, and will stand up for his client against the powerful and oppressive.
Phil Stackhouse
Criminal Defense & Plaintiff's Attorney / The Law Office of Philip Stackhouse
I have known Russ since 2006, and I have worked with him often since that time. He is passionate about criminal defense, and I often seek his advice as I prepare for my own cases. He is well-known throughout our community as an experienced and aggressive trial advocate. I would trust his representation if I ever needed a criminal defense attorney.
John Hodges
Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.
Christian Lassen
Personal Injury Attorney / The Lassen Law Firm
Russell is an outstanding advocate with an impeccable reputation among his fellow attorneys. I wholeheartedly endorse him.
Kristin Brown
Criminal Defense Attorney / The Law Office of Kristin Brown
Mr. Shinn is an exceptionally gifted and dedicated attorney. His total commitment to his clients and to the ethical practice of law have been demonstrated time and again. Anyone seeking a zealous advocate or the advice of a seasoned and reliable counsel could do no better.
Matt Cord
Attorney / US Marine Corps & The Law Office of Matthew Cord
I met Russ over a 1-month long Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer's program. He is genuine, kind, and dedicated to fighting for his clients. I highly recommend Russ and would trust my friends and family with his representation.
Sarah Cho
Criminal Defense Attorney / The Law Office of Sarah Cho
Russ and I served together on a deployed tour. He was a highly respected JAG and Marine Officer. He is extremely knowledgable about military justice and is well respected as a fierce courtroom advocate. He was invited to the exclusive Trial Lawyer's College in Colorado, a high honor. I would endorse him to anyone for zealous military defense representation!
Ian Holzhauer
Attorney & Judge Advocate / US Air Force & Nagle Obarski, PC
I endorse this lawyer with whom I have spent time with working on cases. Russell is an outstanding and devoted advocate and lawyer that represents his clients with integrity and passion. If you want an attorney that honors the practices of law and ethics inside and outside of the courtroom, and genuinely cares about you personally and professionally, then Russell is the attorney for you.
Elizabeth Hinds
Plaintiff's Attorney / Haynes Law Firm
I had the pleasure of working with Russell while at Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer College. Russell is sharp, dedicated and truly cares for his clients. He is an excellent attorney who I am proud to endorse.
Gary Peak
I endorse Russell Shinn. I knew him before he started his impressive legal career, back when we were both enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He has always impressed me with his intelligence, dedication, and tenacity, and in the time I have followed his entry into private practice, I've had no doubt that he brings the same traits into his daily practice of law. If I had a friend seeking help, I'd recommend Mr. Shinn without hesitation.
Michael Giel
Russell was recommended to me and answered the phone late on a Friday night. That alone says a lot about Mr. Shinn. It was a pleasure to work with him.
Paul Saputo
Criminal Defense Attorney / Saputo Law Firm, PLLC
Mr. Shinn is an outstanding advocate and a true warrior. He is zealous, tenacious, and extremely intelligent. He will always be the most prepared lawyer in the courtroom. During his tenure in Marine Corps' legal community, Mr. Shinn was universally recognized and respected as one of the most knowledgeable and capable attorneys in the service's global defense bar. I enthusiastically endorse Mr. Shinn for any civilian or military criminal defense matter.
Micah Larripa
Russ is an intelligent and creative advocate. He has the energy and deep understanding of both administrative and criminal aspects of military law that is critical pre-trial, during trial, and post-trial. In his last job as an active duty Marine, he served as a sounding board and, basically, an emergency helpline for military defense attorneys across the globe. He has only continued to prove himself worthy of that type of respect as a civilian military defense counsel.
Aaron Meyer
I endorse Russ. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the military legal community.
Grover Baxley
Civilian Defense Attorney / JAG Defense, LLC

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