Russell L. Kornblith

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in New York, New York

Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Russell L. Kornblith
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2015

Education: Harvard Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023
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Russell L. Kornblith is a Partner in the New York Office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, and the firm's General Counsel. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Executive Representation Practice Group. His areas of practice center around representing individuals and classes in matters involving discrimination, civil rights, whistleblower/qui tam, and employment retaliation.

Clients recognize Mr. Kornblith as a knowledgeable, professional, and pragmatic lawyer. Mr. Kornblith pays attention to every detail of a case, including its human side, making potentially stressful processes as easy and comfortable as possible. He does so across a range of industries, having successfully represented clients from the C-suite to the front line in cases against Fortune 500 companies, big law firms, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies and advertising agencies. He has also played a pivotal role in various well-known class action cases across the country.

Mr. Kornblith graduated from Amherst College magna cum laude and earned his Juris Doctor cum laude from the Harvard Law School. In law school, he was an articles editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, a research assistant to the now-Deputy Dean, I. Glenn Cohen, and a clinical student in the International Human Rights Clinic, where he drafted several briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also completed an exchange fellowship program at the École Normale Supérieure.

Mr. Kornblith is admitted to practice in the states of New York and California as well as in the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 1st, 2nd, 5th, and 6th Circuits; the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of California; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association/New York’s Amicus Committee and the Taxpayers Against Fraud.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor: Employee, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Class Actions, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower

  • 30% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Civil Rights
  • 20% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2013, California

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Educational Background:
  • Exchange Fellow, l’École Normale Supérieure
  • B.A., Amherst College, magna cum laude, 2006
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • New York, 2015
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud
  • NELA/NY Amicus Committee
  • Law360’s 2020 Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • California, 2013
Representative Clients:
  • Mr. Kornblith is co-counsel for the plaintiffs, three female doctoral students, in a Title IX lawsuit Harvard University. The lawsuit alleges Harvard’s deliberate indifference to a nearly decade-long pattern of sexual harassment and retaliatory threats by a prominent professor in the Anthropology Department. , 2023
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Mr. Kornblith represented the relator in a whistleblower action for customs fraud, brought under the False Claims Act against International Vitamin Corporation ("IVC"). The case alleged that IVC knowingly and systematically skirted customs duties on thousands of imports of nutritional supplements from China between January 1, 2015 and September 13, 2019 by fraudulently reporting incorrect tariff classifications and duty rates on the imports. In 2023, IVC agreed to a settlement with the U.S. Government totaling over $22 million. The relator represented by Mr. Kornblith received 20% of the settlement. , 2023
  • Mr. Kornblith represented a class of nearly 2,000 women in California federal court in a class and collective action against Western Digital Corporation and Western Digital Technologies alleging sex discrimination and unequal pay. In 2021, the parties reached a settlement of $7.75 million., 2021

Office location for Russell L. Kornblith

17 State Street
Suite 3700
New York, NY 10004

Phone: 646-512-8609


1 Year Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2023

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