crosshair icon

Russ has been involved with the Arizona criminal justice system since 1992. He graduated with a Bachelors of Science magna cum laude in Justice Studies with a minor in Business from Arizona State University in 1996. In 1999, Russ graduated with a juris doctorate from Arizona State University College of Law.

Since law school Russ has been a practicing Arizona criminal defense attorney and is committed to protecting the rights of individuals accused of crimes in Arizona. He has written a number of articles and has taught Continuing Legal Education classes to other attorneys.

Russ was also formerly known as Sergeant Richelsoph when he was in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He served with Bulk Fuel Company D, 6th Engineering Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group from 1991 to 1997. Prior to his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, Russ was the Nuclear Biological Chemical Warfare Training Non-Commissioned Officer for a reinforced company of Marines.

Russ enjoys being a husband and the father of three very beautiful and devilishly intelligent daughters. He also enjoys shooting, reading, and traveling.

Awards & Recognitions:

Best Lawyers - Lawyer Logo 

crosshair icon


  • Arizona State University College of Law (J.D., 1999)
  • Arizona State University (B.S., magna cum laude, 1996)

Court Admissions

  • State of Arizona, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 1999
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2016
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2018

Professional Memberships & Activities

  • Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice, 1999
  • Arizona Forensic Science Academy, 2011

Military Service

  • Sergeant, United States Marine Corps Reserve, Bulk Fuel Company D, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group (1991-1997)

Publications & Presentations

  • Russell B. Richelsoph and Jennifer Rock, Social Media and Ethics, Continuing Legal Education Instructor at the Arizona Public Defenders’ Association Conference (June 26, 2013)
  • Russell B. Richelsoph, Current Technology Crimes Issues, Speaker to Intellectual Property Section of the Arizona State Bar (Oct. 16, 2001)
  • Russell B. Richelsoph, When Resisting is NOT Resisting? The Ins and Outs of Resisting Arrest, FOR THE DEFENSE (September 2000)
  • Dale A. Baich and Russell B. Richelsoph, You Can Sometimes Get What You Want: Using Arizona’s Public Records Access Laws, THE DEFENDER (January 1999)
Criminal Defense
Learn More
White Collar Criminal Defense
Learn More

Relevant Resources

Navigating a DUI Charge: Guidance for Nurses Licensed by the Arizona Board of Nursing

If you’re a nurse facing a DUI charge, you’re likely concerned about the impact it could have on your career. The Arizona State Board of Nursing (AZBN) has clear guidelines …

Read more
Take Me To The Blog

Arizona First Offense DUI Penalties

In Arizona, the penalties for a first offense misdemeanor DUI vary depending on the severity of the offense. A first offense is defined as having no prior DUI offenses in …

Read more

Understanding Domestic Violence Offenses in Arizona

In Arizona, domestic violence is characterized as any act of violence or threat directed towards a member of a family or household. The law encompasses a variety of relationships, including …

Read more

What Every Arizona Executive and Business Owner Should Know About White Collar Crime

As a defense attorney who has represented numerous clients charged with white-collar crimes, I can tell you that these types of offenses are often complex and can carry severe consequences. …

Read more

Arizona law allows individuals to Set Aside Convictions and Seal Convictions

Arizona law allows individuals to Set Aside criminal convictions and Seal criminal convictions.  Understanding these two ways to minimize the long-term effect of a criminal conviction, and how they are …

Read more
crosshair icon vertical lines

Do you know, Is That Even Legal?