Russell Araya's commitment to helping those in need can be summed up by his alma mater's (Xavier High School) motto: "Men for Others." Following a summer job as a pantry clerk in a Manhattan "white shoe" law firm and a chance meeting with a college professor, who would become his mentor, Russell began his profession as an assistant district attorney in his hometown of Brooklyn, New York.
As a senior trial attorney in the "Red Zone" Trial Bureau, Russell prosecuted some of the most violent matters in the City of New York involving defendants with extensive criminal records. In five years, he prosecuted over 1,500 felony and misdemeanor cases, and tried matters including homicide, gun possession, sex crime, robbery, burglary, assault, drunk driving (DUI/DWI), major narcotics, domestic violence, and child abuse.
For two years thereafter, Russell was an associate at a Manhattan firm specializing in medical malpractice defense litigation. His caseload involved matters of infant death and injury during labor and delivery, failure to diagnose cancer, and nursing home negligent care. He subsequently returned to criminal law by establishing a private practice in New York City and Denver by defending similar matters he once prosecuted. With the benefit of a prosecutor's eye, Russell worked to efficiently secure each client's liberties.
Now with Riggs, Abney, in his new home of Denver, Colorado, Russell enjoys working with a diverse group of professionals, who share an ideal to help others through understanding and compassion. Whatever the legal matter, Russell will respect you, offer honest and candid guidance, and diligently work with you to ensure the best possible legal outcome.
Russell is a life-long New York Mets fan, and, as such, understands frustration, pain, and disappointment. He hopes to see his beloved team win another World Series in his lifetime, and, preferably, against that team from the Bronx.