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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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Frequently Asked Question’s
- First, military law experience: Does the civilian defense attorney have experience inside a military courtroom? If so, how much? Do they have a general practice, doing wills, family law, as well as military law or do they focus on military law?
- Legal experience: how long have they been an attorney, in general? Typically, someone with 8 or more years of experience has been around long enough to figure out the ins and outs of the justice system.
- Military experience: has this attorney ever served? Did they serve as a judge advocate or as some other role? Prior enlisted or some other MOS as an officer? Do they know how to speak and think like a servicemember, and not just a servicemember but as a commander – the kind of person who will be making the decisions about your case, either as the court-martial convening authority or as a jury (panel) member.
- Is the person approachable and relatable to you? Do you feel like they are on your team? Are they blowing smoke to get you to sign a check or are they telling you the truth?
- Cost: the elephant in the room. A good attorney will be expensive, but not nearly as expensive as having a bad attorney which will end up costing you much, much more in the long run.
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