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Daniel Russo

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Daniel Russo


  • Admitted to Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, District United States District Court
  • Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State of California 1985
  • Licensed to practice law in California 2017


Daniel J. Russo has an extensive professional background in criminal and civil litigation, with a focus on criminal defense. Here is a summary of his professional experience:

  1. Criminal Jury Trials: Daniel J. Russo has conducted over 200 criminal jury trials, indicating a wealth of experience in defending clients facing criminal charges.
  2. Homicide Trials: He has participated in over 25 homicide trials, which suggests expertise in handling cases involving serious criminal offenses such as murder.
  3. Major Civil Jury Trials: Mr. Russo has been involved in 10 major civil jury trials, demonstrating versatility in handling both criminal and civil litigation matters.
  4. Special Circumstances Jury Trials: He has handled over 15 special circumstances jury trials, suggesting experience in complex criminal cases that involve unique legal issues or factors.
  5. Appeals and Writs: Daniel Russo has experience in handling appeals and writs in California Courts of Appeal, the California Supreme Court, and Federal Courts, indicating his ability to navigate the appellate process.
  6. Expert Testimony: He has provided expert testimony on the conduct and competence of counsel in various Superior Courts in California, including Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Lake Counties, and San Francisco.
  7. Appointed Counsel: Mr. Russo has been appointed as counsel in Contra Costa, Solano, and Napa Counties, reflecting his credibility and trustworthiness as an attorney.
  8. J.A.M.S. Expert Witness: He has served as an expert witness on the competence of counsel in the legal proceedings, further highlighting his knowledge and experience in this area.
  9. Chapter Review: Daniel J. Russo has contributed to the Continuing Education of the Bar Book on Criminal Law and Procedure by reviewing chapters, suggesting an active involvement in legal education.
  10. Civil Litigation Representation: He has represented plaintiffs in major litigation cases, including noteworthy cases such as "Brewster v Grummer et al," which resulted in a judgment holding attorneys liable for conspiracy with an insurance company to defraud insured individuals in 2007.
  11. Current Civil Litigation: Ongoing involvement in civil litigation in matters of wrongful death by police officers, personal injury and civil restitution.

It's clear from his extensive experience in criminal defense, civil litigation, expert witness work, and notable cases that Daniel J. Russo is a seasoned attorney with a deep understanding of the legal system. His track record of handling complex cases and his involvement in various legal activities underscores his proficiency in the field of law.

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B.A. Anthropology
State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

John F. Kennedy University, School of Law
Walnut Creek, CA


  • The State Bar of California
  • California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Positions Held

  • Partner: Maas and Russo 2019
  • Partner: Morton & Russo, LLC 1999 – 2018
  • Senior Partner: Russo, Weintraub, Bellia & Morton 1979 – 1999
  • Vice-President: Solano County Bar Association 1985
  • President: Solano County Bar Association 1986
  • Member of Board: Solano County Legal Assistance 1983-1985
  • Member California State Bar Committee on Criminal Specialization 2007-2010

Community Involvement


  • Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law John F. Kennedy School of Law 1983 – 2005
  • Adjunct Professor of Evidence & Professor of Criminal Procedure (Periodically) 1998 – 2005
  • Lecturer, Criminal Trial Advocacy
  • Lecturer, Criminal Procedure and Collateral Consequences - California Legal Secretaries Association
  • Lecturer, Three Strikes, Napa County and Solano County Bar Associations and Napa County and Solano County Legal Secretaries Associations
  • Lecturer, Fair Trial and the Media, Napa County and Solano County Bar Associations

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