Russell M. Yankwitt

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in White Plains, NY

Yankwitt LLP
 | 140 Grand Street, Suite 501
White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 914-368-7410
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

Russell Yankwitt, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, has extensive litigation experience in jury and bench trials, and arbitrations. He has brought and defended commercial matters of all types, including contract and partnership disputes, employment and shareholder lawsuits, and premises liability cases. He 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, he 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, Yankwitt 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.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Business Litigation (30%): Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Civil Litigation (20%)

Employment & Labor (20%): Labor Law

Personal Injury - General (10%): Slip and Fall, Construction Accident, Personal Injury - Defense

Focus Areas

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

General Litigation: Litigation

Employment & Labor: Labor Law

Personal Injury - General: Slip and Fall, Construction Accident, Personal Injury - Defense


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2018

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About Russell Yankwitt

Admitted: 1997, New York

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Honors and Awards:

  • United States Attorney General’s Award for Tax Prosecutions, 2006
  • Russell received the 2008 "NOAA" Bronze Medal Award for "displaying leadership, teamwork and innovation to successfully settle" a complex enviornmental bankruptcy for $125 million.
  • NOAA Award for Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Protection Agency Award for Commendable Service for Leading a Team of Assistant United States Attorneys

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 2017
  • State of New Jersey, 2017
  • United States Supreme Court, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2016
  • State of Connecticut, 2012
  • State of Pennsylvania, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1999
  • State of New York, 1997
  • Trustee, Federal Bar Council
  • President, Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • Founder and Chair, Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • Chair, Federal Bar Council, Membership Committee

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • On the smaller plaintiff-side employment cases and personal injury litigaiton, I have waived or substantally reduced my fee to help the plaintiff in need. 

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

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

Representative Clients:

  • The Keymasters Inc. (2015-2016); Landry's Inc., in various employment, contract, construction and premise liability actions brought in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. (2009-2018); Hillstone Restaurant Group. (2015-2018); Peachtree Settlement Funding, Inc. (2014-2018); Stephen Baldwin. (2014-2015); Parchem Fine and Specialty Chemicals. (2012-2017); The former Trustees of the Veronica Atkins Marital Trust. Downtown Capital Partners. (2009-2016); Independent directors of Jennifer Convertibles. (2014-2015)
  • We are privileged to represent some of the most outstanding restaurant chains in the country, including Landry's, Inc. (Morton's, Chart House, McCormick & Schmick's) and Hillstone Restaurant Group. In addition, we also proudly represent large and small business and hedge funds throughout Westchester and New York City in breach of contract actions, employment litigations, and all types of commercial disputes, for companies such as Heineken, USA, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, and Bloomberg, Inc. We are also privileged to represent celebrities such as Stephen Baldwin, Adrienne Lawrence, and high net-worth individuals throughout the state.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Russell led his trial team to victory representing an international manufacturing company that was sued for $23,000,000 in federal court (SDNY).  After a two week jury trial, the jury deliberated for just six hours before dismissing every count in the complaint and awarding Plaintiff zero dollars, 2015


  • Yankwitt LLP provides a quartelry series of updates reviewing decisions from the Federal District Court and State Supreme Court (Commercial Part) judges located in White Plains. These articles review decisions from all four Federal District Court judges from each quarter, beginning with the fourth quarter of 2013. These updates can be found on the Firm Announcements page of the website, Yankwitt LLP Quarterly Updates

Educational Background:

  • Connecticut College, phi beta kappa, magna cum laude, 1992
Office Location for Russell M. Yankwitt

140 Grand Street
Suite 501
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914-368-7410


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Last Updated: 3/20/2018

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