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Meet Our Attorneys

D. Christopher Russell


Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • DUI
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Business Law
  • Military Law
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1997
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, District Court of Arizona, 2003
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • Idaho, 2015


  • U.S. Army Armor Corps, 1990-1997
  • Major, U.S. Army JAG Corps, 1997-2003
  • U.S. Army Reserve, 2003-2015 (Ret.)


The Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society. Membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected and invited into Fellowship after being evaluated on effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation and trial work, along with ethical reputation.

Representative Cases

  • United States v. Creighton, Army 2001-208 (Army Court of Criminal Appeals)
  • Bennett v. Baxter Group, Inc., 223 Ariz. 414 (Div. 2, 2010)

Professional Associations

  • Sierra Vista Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • J.D., Gonzaga University
  • B.A., Eastern Washington University

Biographical Details

  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award for Products Liability
  • Lecturer, Aviation Law, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1999
  • Graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2010
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2012

Mr. Russell and his staff were very professional and personable. They stayed in close contact with me throughout process of my claim and worked with me ensured all of my questions and concerns were answer. I was very happy with the results of my claim.

Scott L.

Sandra Finch


Practice Areas

  • Serious Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Medical Malpractice


  • J.D., University of Georgia, cum laude, 2002
  • B.S., University of Akron – Biology, 1995
  • B.S., University of Akron – Medical Technology, 1997

Biographical Details

  • Clinical residency at University Medical Center, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Adjunct Professor at Georgia State University – American Law
  • Graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, 2010
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Trial Skills, 2015
  • Child Advocate in Honor of Madeleine F. Smith

Dayna Michael

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Juvenile Defense
  • Wrongful Death

About Dayna

Dayna is a warrior.  She is an outgoing and ingenious member of the team.  She does not accept defeat, and never quits.  She was built to serve the people of our community and dedicates her time and energy to finding the true facts of our client’s stories and fighting for justice.  She understands the level of work necessary to accomplish the mission and she always puts people first.

Dayna practices family law, with an emphasis on cases involving children with special needs, criminal & juvenile defense and personal injury.

Dayna brings a wealth of real world experience to the table.  She began her legal career in the U.S. Army where she served as a noncommissioned officer and paralegal, finishing her service to our Nation deployed in Afghanistan. She understands discipline, physical and mental toughness, and the necessity to always enhance her professional skills to better help the people she represents.

Dayna initially joined The Russell’s Law Firm team as a paralegal in 2012 where she was an integral part of the trial team.  She graduated from the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law in 2017. Dayna focused her studies on family and veteran law obtaining a Family and Juvenile Law Certificate along with her Juris Doctorate degree. Dayna earned a limited license to practice law while at the U of A and dedicated much of her time to representing Veterans in Pima County’s Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court, and assisted the Veterans in their grueling battle to obtain the benefits they were entitled to after service. Dayna also represented Veterans in discharge upgrades and disability benefits all the way through the appeals process at the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

As a mother, Dayna is passionate about family and juvenile law issues and our Southeastern Arizona community. She is proud to be licensed to practice law in Arizona and is well suited for the people of our community.

Chris and Sandy stand out as being exceptionally organized and professional lawyers. I look for people who know the law well, and are capable of getting things done on time – these guys do both. They are both excellent writers who understand how the system works, and what needs to be done.

What stands out about this law firm, however, is that the Russells genuinely care about their clients and cases. This isn’t just something they do to make money. I’ve seen both of them agonize over how to best help their clients, and it’s obvious that helping others is this law firm’s salient goal.

These are wonderful lawyers, and even better human beings – could not recommend them more strenuously.

Leslie J.