Russell D. Hunt Sr., Attorney at Law

Russell D. Hunt Sr., Attorney at Law

Waco Attorneys Representing Accused Citizens throughout Central Texas. Over 39 Years of State and Federal Criminal Defense Experience.

Firm Overview

When facing the unknown consequences of a criminal charge, it is important to work with someone who can competently provide the aggressive representation you need. Russ Hunt Sr. has practiced criminal law in the Central Texas area for more than 39 years. He is board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also one of very few Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated criminal defense attorneys in Central Texas. He initially served as an Assistant Criminal District Attorney felony prosecutor, but has, for more than 30 years, defended clients, and is Capital Murder first-chair qualified.

Michelle Simpson Tuegel is an extremely bright, energetic, hard-working criminal defense attorney. Working together since early 2011, Hunt and Tuegel are Partners and have worked as a trial team on capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, and kidnapping cases. Tuegel joined the firm in May 2012. The two regularly handle both misdemeanors and felonies. Criminal trial lawyers Russ Hunt Sr. and Michelle Simpson Tuegel represent the citizen accused.

We Represent the Citizen Accused

Unlike some firms that dabble in numerous areas of law, we focus solely in the practice of criminal law. As a capital murder first chair qualified criminal defense lawyer, Hunt has defended clients in everything from DWI to capital murder. In addition, we defend individuals against the following charges:

Assault; Assault Family Violence; Aggravated Assault
Domestic violence
Drug offenses
Gun violations
Homicide; Murder; Capital Murder
Sex offenses
White collar crimes
Child Pornography

Prior to opening his own law firm, Hunt was an Assistant District Attorney. He worked on the other side, prosecuting people for a range of misdemeanor and felony offenses ranging from DWI to Capital Murder. Thus, He has a thorough understanding of the law, and because he worked as a prosecutor, he knows how the State prepares and prosecutes its cases.

Russ Hunt is Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer

Hunt is Board Certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by both the Texas Board of Legal Specialization (20 years) and the National Board of Trial Advocacy titles that come from experience, peer recommendations, and an extensive amount of continuing legal education. In addition, he is one of a small handful of attorneys qualified to represent people facing Capital Murder charges.

To schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer, contact us online or call 254-753-3738. We have evening and weekend hours available by appointment, and we will visit clients who are detained in jail.

Main Office

ALICO Building 425 Austin Avenue
Suite 1202
Waco TX 76701


(254) 753-3738


(254) 753-8118


Free Initial Consultation?

We offer a free initial consultation and that will generally take less than one hour.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

We charge two basic fees. One fee is for no charges, a dismissal or charges, or to negotiate a plea bargain. The second fee is if a trial is necessary. Our lowest fee is currently $3,500. We always give some discount if the client mentions Nolo.

Hourly Rates

$250 per hour minimum

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Office Manager

Ms. Pat Ritter

Emergency After Hours


Criminal Defense

We are criminal defense trial lawyers. We do not take every case to trial, but are always ready to go to trial. If we must go to trial, we intend to win.

We are a team, and handle all of our cases together. That combination gives our clients the benefit of the seasoned male who has seen it before with the energetic female who wants to do whatever is necessary to win for her clients. The differing perspectives of each of us melds into a solid defense, based on a through examination and knowledge of both law and facts.

We have handled scores of cases of tremendous diversity, and have tried the most serious of criminal cases. Each of our clients can count on us taking their case with the care one would expect of someone totally committed to them.


Sex Crimes

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I started practicing criminal law as a State prosecutor and developed a keen interest in criminal law. It is interesting and challenging and involves the most important of life's issues.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I believe that two heads are generally better than one. I attempt to fully explain all of the legal issues involved in the case. I want my clients to feel that they are fully informed so that they have the necessary legal information to make intelligent decisions.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I do not want to review legal documents that are prepared by a client. If a document is necessary, I will prepare it myself.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I think that an attorney who represents himself has a fool for a client. It's almost always a mistake for a client to represent himself. The client might be extremely smart; that doesn't mean that they will be on an equal footing with an experienced adversary.

Russell D. Hunt, Sr.

Russell D. Hunt Sr., Attorney at Law

• McLennan County District Attorney's Office, Waco, Texas, Assistant District Attorney, 1977-1981.
• Fulbright, Winniford, Bice & Marable, Waco, Texas, Associate, 1981-1985.

I have worked all my adult life. In high school, I worked as a dish washer in a hospital. When I attended college as an undergraduate, I worked as a railway switchman. After college graduation, I spent six years as an Air Force Officer. I believe I know people and can identify with almost everyone. That translates into a great advantage when working with both clients and juries.

I am bright, hardworking, and extremely organized. My style is to appear laidback and folksy. I would prefer to avoid battles that I cannot win and instead find a creative way to win. I think I am a really good example of a Sophist. I can convincingly argue for a position with which I totally disagree.

Personal interests:

Reading, travel, computers, shooting pistols, art and exercise.

Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 1990
Criminal Law, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1992

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


Seminar Presenter, Federal Bar Association
Guest Lecturer, Baylor Law School

Honors and Awards

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory "AV" rated
Honored Endowment Fund Scholar, College of the State Bar of Texas
Board Certified in Criminal Law by both Texas Board of Legal Specialization and National Board of Trial Advocacy
Sustaining Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Texas Access to Justice Commission, Gold Member
Fellow of the American College of Board Certified Attorneys

Professional Associations and Memberships

Federal Bar Association, Former Treasurer, National Delegate, Waco Chapter, 1995 - Present
Waco McLennan County Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
State Bar of Texas, Member
College of the State Bar of Texas, Member and Former Board Member
Texas Association of Board Certified Specialists in Criminal Law, Member
Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota, Member
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Life Member


Bar Number: 10289200
Texas, 1977


Baylor University Law School
Juris Doctorate, 1977

University of Southern California
Master of Science in Education, 1969

University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, 1964

Russell D. Hunt, Sr.

Russell D. Hunt Sr., Attorney at Law

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