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: 914-686-1500
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

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 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.  For the past three years, Russell has also be included on the Top 25 Westchester Lawerys list.

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

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

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

Employment & Labor (20%): Whistleblower, Labor Law

Civil Litigation (20%)

General Litigation (20%)

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

Focus Areas

Business Litigation: Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements

Employment & Labor: Whistleblower, Labor Law

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


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017

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About Russell Yankwitt

Admitted: 1997, New York

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Honors and Awards:

  •  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" Bronze Medal Award
  • NOAA Award for Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Protection Agency Award for Commendable Service for Leading a Team of Assistant United States Attorneys
  • United States Attorney General’s Award for Tax Prosecutions, 2006
  • Cum Laude

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Connecticut state courts;
  • Trustee, Federal Bar Council
  • President, Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • Founder and Chair, Federal Bar Council, Westchester Committee
  • Chair, Federal Bar Council, Membership Committee
  • 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
  • New York, 1997
  • Pennsylvania

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. , 2011

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

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

Representative Clients:

  • We are privileged to represent some of the most outstanding restaurant chains in the country, including representing Landry's (Morton's, Chart House, McCormick & Schmick's) and Hillstone Restaurant Group. 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. We also privileged to represent celebrities such as Stephen Baldwin and high net-worth individuals throughout the state., 2008
  • 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. (2009-2017) Hillstone Restaurant Group. (2015-207)Peachtree Settlement Funding, Inc. (204-2017) 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)

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


  • This article is the first in a quarterly series reviewing decisions from the Federal District Court and State Supreme Court (Commercial Part) judges located in White Plains. This article reviews decisions from all four Federal District Court judges from the last quarter of 2013. There were no decisions reported from the Westchester County Supreme Court Commercial Part during that period, Yankwitt LLP Quarterly Update

Educational Background:

  • Connecticut College - 1992 - phi beta kappa, magna cum laude.Cornell Law School - 1996 - cum laude.

Industry Groups

  • Chairperson
  • Westchester Committee Of Federal Bar Council
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Office Location for Russell M. Yankwitt

140 Grand Street
Suite 501
White Plains, NY 10601

Phone: 914-686-1500


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Last Updated: 11/10/2017

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