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Local Litigation Star

National Practice Area Star

Practice area:

Banking and financial services

Bill Russell is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. He represents clients in a wide variety of commercial disputes including bankruptcy and reorganization matters, banking litigation, securities litigation, and transactional disputes, and has tried cases in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitral proceedings. His clients include leading financial institutions, private equity sponsors, corporations and other businesses. 

He has handled cases involving derivative transactions, residential mortgage-backed securities, secured lending syndicates, M&A transactions, false advertising claims, maritime disputes, Ponzi schemes, apparel licensing agreements and auction rate securities, among other issues. He recently represented the debtors in In re Pyxus International, et al. and In re Arsenal Resources Development LLC, et al. He also represented the Unsecured Creditors Committee in In re Gawker Media LLC, et al. and represented one of the lead creditors in the In re Jefferson County Chapter 9 proceedings that, at the time, were the largest municipal bankruptcy proceedings in U.S. history. He was one of the leaders of the defense group in Adelphia Recovery Trust v. Bank of America, et al. and led the negotiations that resulted in a settlement of that litigation for a small fraction of the claimed damages. 

He maintains an active pro bono practice and has represented pro bono clients in a number of areas including housing, voting rights, education and discrimination matters. Bill also currently co-chairs the Firm’s Diversity Committee. 

Bill has served as a member of the New York State Bar Association Executive Committee and is a member of the American Law Institute; Chair of Legal Services NYC’s Board of Directors; Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on the Parole System; a member of the Board of The New York Bar Foundation; former member of the New York State Bar Association and New York Bar Foundation Joint Pro Bono Task Force; former Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Pro Bono and Legal Services and current Chair of its Special Committee on Legal Services Awards; a member of the Board of the National Center for Access to Justice; and a member of the Board of the Center for Community Alternatives. He served as a Panel Chair on the Disciplinary Committee for the First Judicial Department and was appointed by former New York State Court of Appeals Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to the Chief Judge’s Attorney Emeritus Council. 

He co-authors the monthly column “New York Court of Appeals Roundup” in the New York Law Journal, which discusses significant decisions by New York’s highest court. He has been recognized as a “Litigation Star” in Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, recognized by The Legal 500, and named in New York Super Lawyers. 

He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. 


Updated Sep 2021