Michael Russo

Distinguished Practitioner in Residence


Sullivan Hall 418
(206) 398-4120


B.A. Economics, cum laude, University of California, Los Angeles, 1981
J.D., Order of the Coif, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law, 1988


Criminal Externship Seminar
A 21st Century Murder Trial of Richard III


Forensics (ADVC-325-A)


Prior to joining the adjunct faculty at Seattle University School of Law in 2011, Michael Russo worked for over 22 years as a Deputy Public Defender in Los Angeles, California. From 1995 to 2010, he was a senior trial attorney primarily focused on homicide cases and death penalty litigation. He also trained and supervised new attorneys and mentored experienced attorneys making the transition to capital defense work.

Before beginning his career as a criminal defense attorney, Professor Russo spent four and a half years working in the field of corporate finance.


Professor Russo is a member of the State Bar of California (inactive), the Washington State Bar and the District of Columbia Bar.