William Routsis has practiced as a criminal defense lawyer for more than two decades. During this time, he has established one of the industry’s most impressive trial records, highlighted by eight homicide trials resulting in zero guilty verdicts for his clients. More importantly, William Routsis fully believed that on each occasion that he was defending an innocent person and worked tirelessly toward achieving that recognition from a jury and judge. He holds a juris doctor from Sacramento’s McGeorge School of Law and licenses in both Nevada and California.
As a philanthropically inclined individual, William Routsis performs pro bono legal work and trial services whenever he can. He feels passionately about providing justice to all, particularly underserved communities who do not possess the financial resources to represent themselves during a trial. When he is not practicing law, he likes to stay in shape through a number of outdoor and athletic pastimes, such as hiking, kayaking, and swimming. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, Routsis earned the collegiate National Light Heavyweight Boxing Champion title twice and spent time training as a professional.
William Routsis has spent the last 25 years working as a criminal defense lawyer in California and Nevada, with his California efforts concentrating mostly on Lake Tahoe and Northern California. He has particular experience in and around Reno and Carson City, but has practiced throughout the entire state of Nevada. William Routsis recorded the first of his eight successful homicide defenses in Bakersfield, California, in the trial of Teddy Wilson vs. the State of California. At the time, Bakersfield was dealing with corruption in both the forensic pathology department and the district attorney’s office. Thanks to Mr. Routsis’ tenacious efforts, Teddy Wilson was granted an acquittal by the judge before the jury could deliberate. What occurred in the case of the State of California v. Teddy Wilson was a two week trial before a jury for Murder. After the defense closed its case Mr. Routsis made a unique request under California law asking the Judge to direct a verdict of acquittal.
The standard of review to remove a case from the jury after a trial is “finding that no reasonable juror could find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt”. As any attorney or Judge would would tell you this is almost unheard after a full and heated homicide trial, however the Superior Court Judge in a remarkable order granted an Acquittal and removed the case from the Jury and Teddy Wilson was freed. Please read the Newspaper article from Bakersfield California. William Routsis spent four years studying criminal justice and philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno. During his time at the school, he became a national collegiate boxing champion on two occasions. After earning his degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, he enrolled in the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. He concluded his legal studies as one of the top two students on the subject of constitutional law.