Meet Daniel W. Russo
Criminal Defense & Professional & Disciplinary Matters
Attorney, Daniel W. Russo primarily practices law in the areas of criminal
defense and professional and scholastic disciplinary matters. As the firm’s
Senior Associate, Dan spends the majority of his days in either state
or federal court representing individuals who have been arrested and charged
with a variety of different crimes ranging from Driving While Intoxicated
to Money Laundering. Dan is an experienced negotiator and an experienced
litigator and has achieved numerous favorable results for Foley Griffin
clients after either negotiating a favorable plea or securing a not guilty
verdict after trial.
Dan is a member of the New York State Bar Association and currently sits
on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Bar Association. Additionally,
he holds the position of Associate Dean to the Nassau Academy of Law and
Vice-Chairman of the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee. Dan is also
a past Editor-in-Chief of the Nassau Lawyer and has published several
articles on topics ranging from the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment
to criminal procedure in New York City courts to the criminal defense
attorney’s obligations to clients during plea negotiations.
Dan began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County
(Brooklyn), New York where he prosecuted misdemeanor and violent felony
cases up to and including trial. During his four years in the Brooklyn
DA’s Office, Dan tried a number of cases to verdict including assaults,
DWI’s, drug sales, grand larceny and attempted murder. After the
District Attorney’s Office, Dan was an associate at a law firm where
he conducted insurance fraud investigations on behalf of insurance carriers.
Prior to joining Foley Griffin Dan was also an associate at a Mineola
law firm where he practiced criminal defense and real estate matters.
Dan grew up on the south-shore of Long Island and other than a nine-year
residence in New York City, he has lived on Long Island his entire life.
He is a proud product of Nassau County’s public school system. After
completing high school, Dan went on to receive his Bachelors of Arts Degree
in Political Science from Hofstra University in 1996. At Hofstra Dan excelled
at both academics and athletics where he was a four-year member of the
Hofstra Ice Hockey team and a member of the Dean’s List. During
his senior year he was the recipient of a prestigious internship awarded
by Hofstra University (in conjunction with American University in Washington
D.C.) and spent a semester interning for a United States Congressmen on
After graduating from college Dan attended Fordham University School of
Law where he received his Juris Doctor in 1999. During his tenure at Fordham
Law, Dan achieved the position of Notes and Articles Editor of the Fordham
Urban Law Journal and published a student article in the same publication
his third year of law school.
Dan is admitted to practice law in New York State and the Southern and
Eastern Districts of New York. He resides on the south shore of Long Island
with his wife and his daughter.