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 Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022
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Attorney Russell L. Kornblith is a partner at the nationally recognized law firm of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennesseem and Maryland. He also serves as the firm’s general counsel. His areas of practice center around representing individuals and classes in matters regarding:

  • Employment law
  • Employment discrimination
  • LGBTQ discrimination
  • Sex abuse/assault
  • Whistleblower/qui tam class actions
  • Civil litigation
  • Gender discrimination
  • Wage and hour law
  • Employment retaliation
  • Financial fraud
  • Civil rights
  • Human rights

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, hacing 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 in New York and California.

Industry publications have recognized Mr. Kornblith’s talent and accomplishments. Law360 honored Mr. Kornblith as a 2020 Rising Star. Benchmark Litigation has named Mr. Kornblith a Labor & Employment Star – Northeast for four consecutive years. And Law Dragon has included Mr. Kornblith among the 500 Plaintiff leading Employment Lawyers in  2020-2021. Mr. Kornblith also holds an “Excellent” rating on Avvo. 

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 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

Employment discrimination, Retaliation, Discrimination, Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Class actions

  • 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

Office location for Russell L. Kornblith

1350 Avenue of the Americas
Suite 3100
New York, NY 10019-4702

Phone: 646-512-8609


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2020 - 2022

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