John G. Rusk

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Kingston, NY

Rusk Wadlin Heppner & Martuscello, LLP
 | 255 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: 845-331-4100
Fax: 845-331-6930
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1989
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (10%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Rusk Wadlin Heppner & Martuscello, LLP, John G. Rusk is committed to representing clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State. His practice is focused on personal injury cases involving automobile crashes, construction and dangerous premises accidents.  John handles cases involving traumatic brain injuries and other life altering trauma.

In 1985, John received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and graduated cum laude from St. Lawrence University. He then attended Boston College Law School, where which he received a Juris Doctor in 1988.

For decades, John has been dedicated to representing the rights of the injured. The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification has recognized him as a board certified civil trial attorney. He routinely secures compensation for clients by building a strong personal relationship with his clients and fiercely advocating on their behalf. In one notable case, Mr. Rusk obtained a $3.3 million judgment for his clients, which was recognized as one of the largest in New York.

John has been included in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; he holds an Avvo "Superb" rating; he is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Elite Lawyers of America; and he holds the rating of BV Distinguished* from Martindale-Hubbell.

John is a member of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association, the Brain Injury Association of New York State, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

In his spare time, John volunteers with church groups and local organizations.  He previously served as coach for the Marlboro High School's mock trial team.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Personal Injury - General
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About John Rusk

Admitted: 1989, New York

Professional Webpage:


  • Super Lawyer, Law and Politics Magazine, 2007
  • Orange County Championship, Marlboro High School Mock Trial Team, 2007
  • Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2009
  • Trial Lawyers Care
  • Member, Elite Lawyers of America, 2010

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Civil Trial Advocacy Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Bar Association
  • Member, NY State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Connecticut, 1988
  • Member, NY State Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Ulster County, Assistant District Attorney, part-time, 1989 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • New York, 1989
  • Member, NY State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1989
  • Brain Injury Association of New York State
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Ulster County Bar Association
  • District of Columbia, 1989
  • Marlboro High School Mock Trial Team, Lawyer Coach

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Recognized by Trial Lawyers Care for providing pro bono services to injured victims and their families who suffered injuries from the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, 2004


  • $2.45 Million for a father of two, hit head-on while driving on Route 299 in Highland, NY, after a tractor trailer rear-ended another vehicle in the on-coming lane
  • $2.25 Million Traumatic Brain Injury/Auto Crash settlement suffered by a woman who was rear-ended by a beer truck while waiting to make a left hand turn in Milton, NY
  • $3.3 Million jury verdict received by a Wallkill woman who suffered traumatic brain injury after plaintiff’s car is hit head-on by defendant’s car. 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Super Lawyer”, Law and Politics Magazine – Top 5% in Upstate New York

Educational Background:

  • St Lawrence University, Canton, New York, B.A., Honors: Cum Laude, Honors: Philosophy Honor Society, Major: Philosophy, 1985
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Office Location for John G. Rusk

255 Fair St
Kingston, NY 12401

Phone: 845-331-4100

Fax: 845-331-6930

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Last Updated: 4/8/2020

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