Russell Kornblith is the New York Managing Partner who works on both qui tam / whistleblower cases and on discrimination cases. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2012.
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Russell Kornblith is the New York Managing Partner of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, California, and Tennessee. He received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from Amherst College and his law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Kornblith practices both employment law and whistleblower law. He represents individuals and classes in a wide range of employment disputes, including suits alleging unlawful terminations, unlawful denials of promotions, unequal pay, and hostile work environments, related to race, gender, pregnancy, and disability. In addition, Mr. Kornblith represents whistleblowers alleging fraud against the U.S. government under the False Claims Act. He is currently class counsel in a nationwide gender discrimination case against Merck and counsel for whistleblowers in a False Claims Act action against medical device manufacturer DePuy Orthopaedics.
Prior to joining Sanford Heisler, Mr. Kornblith served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for the Honorable James S. Gwin of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
At Harvard Law School, Mr. Kornblith, served as Articles Editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and as a research assistant for Professor I. Glenn Cohen. As part of Harvard Law School’s International Human Rights Clinic, he contributed to several amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court addressing the Alien Tort Statute on behalf of professors of legal history. Before law school, Mr. Kornblith worked as a researcher for the New Hampshire Democratic Party in support of the successful 2008 campaign of U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
Mr. Kornblith is a licensed private pilot and enjoys flying in his spare time.
- J.D., Harvard Law School 2012 cum laude
- l’École Normale Supérieure, Exchange Fellow, 2006-07
- B.A., Amherst College 2006 magna cum laude
- International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School
- California 2013
- New York 2015
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP brought whistleblower claims on behalf of Dr. Antoni Nargol and Dr. David Langton, two physicians and researchers who were first to uncover that medical-device company DePuy Orthopaedics manufactured and sold large numbers of defective hip implants to the government.
The whistleblower alleged that the San Diego-based Scripps Health System unlawfully billed the United States Government for physical therapy services on behalf of a physician who was not present while the services were rendered. The case claimed that Scripps persisted in this conduct despite warnings from the whistleblower.
This gender discrimination class action against pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co., Inc. was originally filed by Plaintiff Kelli Smith in May 2013 in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. In January 2014, four additional class representatives from around the country joined the suit as plaintiffs alleging pay, promotion and pregnancy discrimination against the company.
- After Trump order, volunteer lawyers descend on big airports
- NewsChannel10, July 21, 2016 – Sanford Heisler Announces That More Than 400 Current and Former Employees Have Joined the $250 Million Sex Discrimination Case Against Merck and Intervet
- Fortune, April 28, 2016 – Bad News for Merck in U.S. Sex Discrimination Case
- Thomson Reuters, April 27, 2016 – Merck sex discrimination case could be collective action -judge
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