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About Daniel J. Russo: Certified Criminal Law Specialists


College Education:

1972: B.A. Anthropology, State University of New York, Binghamton, NY

Legal Education:
1977: J.D., John F. Kennedy University, School of Law, Walnut Creek, California

Professional Qualifications:
Licensed to practice law in California, 1977
Admitted to Northern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, District United States District Court
Certified Criminal Law Specialist, State of California 1985-present

Professional Memberships:
California Bar Association
California Attorneys for Criminal Justice
National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

Professional Experience:
Over 200 criminal jury trials
Over 25 homicide trials
10 major civil jury trials
Over 15 special circumstances jury trials
Appeals and writs to California Courts of Appeal, California Supreme Court and Federal Courts
Testimony as expert on conduct and competence of counsel, Superior Court of Solano, Contra Costa, Alameda, Lake Counties and San Francisco.
Appointed counsel in Contra Costa, Solano Place and Napa Counties
J.A.M.S. (Expert witness on competence of counsel)
Chapter review for Continuing Education of the Bar Book on Criminal Law and Procedure
Represented Plaintiffs in major litigation

  1. Lagnimas vs. Southampton; represented defendants
  2. Travelers Insurance, Bishop vs. Hatch
  3. Current civil client: Mike Lowrie Trucking Tank Lines
  4. Brewster v Grummer et al (first judgement in California holding Attorneys liable for conspiracy with insurance company to defraud insured) 2007

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

Positions Held:
Partner: Morton & Russo, LLC 1999 – present
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