Destinee N. Russell
Destinee Nacole Russell began her criminal defense career clerking under the instruction of Cynthia E. Orr and Gerald H. Goldstein. As a clerk, she worked diligently on complex and high stakes criminal matters including, murder, bribery, money laundering, sexual assault, state and federal writs of habeas corpus, and state criminal appellate matters. Destinee also assisted in the preparation of oral arguments before the Thirteenth Court of Appeals on a wrongful conviction case.
Prior to her clerkship with Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr, Destinee clerked for a civil defense firm in El Paso, Texas, where she was born and raised. While clerking in El Paso, Destinee handled cases involving labor and employment, business associations, and personal injury.
After sitting for the Texas State Bar Exam, Destinee rejoined the firm while awaiting her results and assisted in the successful defense of a federal bribery and money laundering case that went before the Western District of Texas. In the midst of trial, Destinee passed the Texas State Bar Exam and was sworn in by the presiding Judge, the Honorable David Alan Ezra. Upon the completion of trial, she was offered an associate’s position with Goldstein, Goldstein, Hilley & Orr. Destinee also assisted with the 2017-2018 revision for the Texas Annotated Code of Criminal Procedure and Texas Penal Code printed by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
Prior to graduating from St. Mary’s University School of Law, Destinee earned her undergraduate degree from the University of the Incarnate Word, where her primary focus was in Government and American Politics. During law school, Destinee was a member of the St. Mary’s University Mock trial team, competing across the country. Additionally, she was an active member in the St. Mary’s University Board of Advocates. Destinee’s law school career concluded with being selected as one of ten students from St. Mary’s University School of Law, inducted into the prestigious Order of the Barristers.