Adam C. Russell

Adam C. Russell

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Brighton, MA

Russell Defense Firm
 | 309 Washington Street, Brighton, MA 02135
Phone: 617-858-6841
Fax: 617-507-5967
Selected To Rising Stars: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (50%)
Attorney Profile

Adam C. Russell is now accepting major felonies in Massachusetts Superior Court and the United States District Court.  Referrals are welcome and phone calls are returned in 24 hours.  

Adam is a battle tested criminal defense lawyer.  Adam originally focused upon defending people accused of operating under the influence at trial.  Building upon that, he has developed skills and experience with violent crimes, drugs, firearms, and sex offenses.  He has advanced level training in trial advocacy.  Russell Defense Firm uses an independent investigation designed to prove your side of the story in court.

Growing up in Maine, Adam's neighbor lost a promising political career to a single allegation of OUI. His best friend's father got treated guilty from the start. This left a lasting impression on Adam. Adam fights for people accused of unpopular crimes. 

Awards and Groups:  Featured speaker at Social Law Library, member of National College for DUI Defense, Inc., National Criminal Defense College, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and Massachusetts Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.   

High Profile Cases in Boston Globe, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and the Patriot Ledger.

Cases include: OUI, drugs, assault, firearms, sex offenses, fraud/white collar

ALL CLIENTS HELD PRIOR TO TRIAL ARE VISITED WEEKLY!  Referring attorneys are kept informed with updates of non-privileged information to communicate with the family.   

We only handle criminal defense and refer out all civil matters.  We want to refer you civil cases.  

About Adam Russell

Admitted: 2010, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:


  • National Criminal Defense College, Trial Practice Institute, Macon, GA. , Trial Practice Institute, National Criminal Defense College, 2016
  • Washington Regional, Trial Lawyer's College, 2015
  • National College for DUI Defense, Inc., Summer Session 2014, Summer Session, National College for DUI Defense, Inc., 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Reduced fee program for Lawyers facing criminal charges and Iraq War era verterans.


  • OUI TRIAL 1. OUI liquor, or .08% 2. negligent operation of a motor vehicle 3. marked lanes violation The client was arrested after a car accident at 3 a.m. on his 21st birthday.  Bystanders were yelling at the client on the 911 call about being drunk, but completely ignored the fact the other driver backed into oncoming traffic without looking over his shoulder, and was not completely honest about the extent of his injuries to the police.   The Cambridge Police Department alleged the client said "I'm sorry officer, I want to be honest with you, I was driving the car, I just turned 21 and I am drunk...I just turned 21 I had a few drinks and was driving home when I crashed."  The Cambridge Police Department report also alleged "also admitted to police that he had been under the influence of alcohol while he was driving his vehicle". The client took the witness stand at trial and frustrated a veteran prosecutor with honest, clear testimony including: "No.  I did not make that statement." "It's my right" [to not speak further with the police] "I'm the one that called 911 actually, because the other driver could have been hurt." This trial is a perfect example of no matter how bad the facts may seem in a police report, working the case and presenting a truthful, clear story consistent with innocence can result in a not guilty.  The facts and verdict here support my professional opinion that police officers are trained to write OUI reports in a way designed to discourage the accused from challenging them at trial.  NOT GUILTY! , 2017
  • VIOLENT CRIME TRIAL. 1. Assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (crow bar to the head) 2. malicious destruction of property 3. breaking and entering vehicle in the night time for a felony The client was accused of attacking a restaurant owner with a crow bar in the face, smashing the windows of the business owner's car, and breaking into the car to steal cash.  If convicted, the client's violent/repetitive criminal history combined with the violent nature of the offenses placed him at risk for 20-30 months committed time.  After completing his sentence on another offense, the client fired 2 attorneys before finding me.   This was a hard fought trial where the prosecutor couldn't overcome the facts that the Boston Police Department "lost" the crow bar in a "flood", failed to interview percipient witnesses, and did not get fingerprints.  During cross examination, the accuser made multiple inconsistent statements.  The accuser admitted he originally thought the police were looking to arrest him until he told them his story.  The accuser admitted he was arrested for assault and battery with a a dangerous weapon before.  The jury had to deal with photos of both men in the hospital and lots of blood.  After deliberating for 40 minutes- NOT GUILTY on all counts!  , 2017
  • FELONY GUN TRIAL.  Not Guilty on all counts.  1. Receiving a stolen motor vehicle- Not Guilty 2. CARRYING A FIREARM WITHOUT A LICENSE- Not Guilty 3. Receiving a firearm with defaced serial number- Not Guilty 4. Possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card- Not Guilty 5. Possession of ammunition without a firearms identification card- Not Guilty East Brookfield- An NBA Development league player was wrongfully accused of carrying a 9 mm handgun with an obliterated serial number while driving a stolen Range Rover. This was a "99 problems" case. Pleading guilty was not an option because of the 18- month mandatory minimum. An NBA agent approached Adam C. Russell at the gym one night. The independent investigation proved the car was not stolen and the rear passenger had a prior conviction for kidnapping. After cross examination of the Commonwealth's first witness, the Judge stopped the trial and entered a finding of not guilty on all charges., 2016

Educational Background:

  • NCAA Varsity Men's Basketball (Div. III)., 2001

Industry Groups

  • National Association Of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National College For DUI Defense
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • Trial Lawyer's College
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Office Location for Adam C. Russell

309 Washington Street
Brighton, MA 02135

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Last Updated: 10/19/2019

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