Assistant United States Attorney
Chief, Appellate Division
1225 17th Street, Suite 700
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 454-0273
Robert M. Russel is an appellate lawyer.
From 1987-2002, he worked in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General. He handled criminal appeals in the state courts and defended habeas corpus actions in the federal courts. He supervised thirty lawyers in the AG's Appellate Division.
From 2002-2004, he worked in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado. He supervised the Appellate Division and represented the United States in criminal and civil matters.
From 2004-2012, he was a judge on the Colorado Court of Appeals. He authored over six hundred opinions in agency, civil, criminal, domestic, and juvenile cases.
In 2012, he retired from state service and rejoined the United States Attorney's Office. He is Chief of the Appellate Division.
Mr. Russel has served on committees that advise the Colorado Supreme Court on the Rules of Evidence, Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, and Criminal Jury Instructions. In 2000, he was a Supreme Court Fellow with the National Association of Attorneys General. Before entering legal practice, he taught music and English at the Kent Denver School.
Mr. Russel is a graduate of Colorado Law School.
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