Russell M. Yankwitt

Russell M. Yankwitt

White Plains, New York


Upon receiving his law degree, cum laude, from the Cornell Law School in 1996, Russell clerked for the Honorable Thomas C. Platt, in the Eastern District of New York. After his clerkship, he earned his stripes with many all-nighters as part of the commercial litigation department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP in New York City from 1997-2001. Russell then proudly served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2001-2008, before returning to private practice.

In addition to representing many Westchester businesses and high net-worth individuals throughout New York, Russell is privileged to represent some of the most outstanding restaurant chains in the country. Russell also represents large and small businesses and hedge funds throughout Westchester and New York City, in breach of contract actions, employment litigations, and all types of commercial disputes. Recently, Russell and his trial team have had successful arbitrations and jury verdicts for a large restaurant chain and have had great success in representing aggrieved clients against their former accountants and bankers in breach of contract and professional malpractice actions.

Russell is active in the Federal Bar Council, and is proud to serve as the chairperson of the Westchester Committee of the Federal Bar Council.

In recognition of his achievements, Russell was included on the New York Metro Super Lawyers list repeatedly since 2011. For the past three years, Russell has also been included on the Top 25 Westchester Lawyers list.

Russell is known for bringing boundless energy and passion to every matter. He treats his clients as close friends and is always accessible.

Russell lives in White Plains, New York with his wife and his two young children.

Bar Admissions:

New York
New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States

Areas of Practice

  • Federal and State Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Matters
  • Premise Liability Defense
  • Personal Injury


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. cum laude
  • Connecticut College, Connecticut
    • B.A. magna cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Published Works

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School, 2004-2009
  • Note Editor, Cornell International Law Journal, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • Selected for inclusion in the New York Metro Super Lawyers list, 2011 - 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in the Top 25 Westchester Lawerys list, 2013 - 2014
  • United States Attorney General’s Award for Tax Prosecutions
  • Environmental Protection Agency Award for Commendable Service
  • NOAA Bronze Medal Award for "displaying leadership, teamwork and innovation to successfully settle" a complex environmental bankruptcy for $125 million

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Founder and Chair, Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • Chair, Federal Bar Council, Membership Committee
  • Trustee, Federal Bar Council
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