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.

Russell has brought and defended commercial matters of all types, including contract and partnership disputes, employment and shareholder lawsuits, and premises liability cases. Russell is recognized as Westchester's go-to litigator and trial attorney, having accrued an enviable track record of trial victories for the past two decades. As a result, Russell is regularly retained by Westchester law firms to collaborate on their high-stakes trials throughout the state of New York.

Active in the legal community, Russell was the founding member and first chairperson of the Federal Bar Council's Westchester Committee and remains active in leadership positions in the Federal Bar Council.

In recognition of his achievements, Russell was included on the New York Metro Super Lawyers list repeatedly since 2011. Russell has also been included on the Top 25 Westchester Lawyers list from 2013 to 2015.

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
Supreme Court of the United States
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

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 - 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in the Top 25 Westchester Lawerys list, 2013 - 2015
  • 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, Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • Chair, Federal Bar Council, Membership Committee
  • Assistant Secretary, Federal Bar Council Board of Directors
  • The Supreme Court Historical Society
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