Russell Kornblith

Russell Kornblith

NY Managing Partner, Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
  • Employment Law
  • California, New York
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Russell Kornblith is the New York Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp. He practices both employment law and whistleblower law, representing individuals and classes in a wide range of disputes, including claims of unlawful termination, unlawful denials of promotions, unequal pay, and hostile work environment, related to race, gender, pregnancy, protected leave, and disability. In addition, Russell represents whistleblowers alleging fraud on the U.S. government under the False Claims Act.

He is currently class counsel in a nationwide gender discrimination case against Merck & Co., Inc., in which Sanford Heisler won collective action certification and represents more than 650 women alleging pay discrimination against the pharmaceutical giant. He has also successfully represented individuals in a broad range of individual discrimination claims, including claims brought by in-house counsel, BigLaw partners and associates, and executives in the financial services, pharmaceutical, and advertising industries, among others. Russell represents clients both in litigation matters and in confidential negotiations.

Russell has also successfully pursued whistleblower cases both alongside the government and on a non-intervened basis. Russell was co-lead counsel in the Temple St. Clair whistleblower action filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The case is believed to be the first in the state to recover money for the federal government based on a company’s failure to properly mark its imported products with their country of origin. Russell likewise played a leading role in the Scripps Health System’s $1.5 million whistleblower settlement in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, in which the whistleblower alleged Scripps unlawfully billed the federal government for physical therapy services on behalf of a physician who was not present when the services were rendered.

Practice Area
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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New York
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Professional Experience
New York Managing Partner
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
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Senior Litigation Counsel
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP
Law Clerk
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Law Clerk
United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
Harvard Law School
J.D. (2012)
Honors: cum laude
Activities: International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School
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l’École Normale Supérieure
Activities: Exchange Fellow
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Amherst College
B.A. (2006)
Honors: magna cum laude
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Law Firm Website
Contact & Map
1350 Avenue of the Americas
31st Floor
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: (646) 402-5650
Fax: (646) 402-5651
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