Russell Kornblith

Russell Kornblith
Russell Kornblith
Senior Litigation Counsel

(646) 402-5646

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Russell Kornblith is a Senior Litigation Counsel in the NY office who works on both qui tam / whistleblower cases and on discrimination cases. He received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2012.

Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.

As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.

Russell Kornblith is Senior Litigation Counsel in the New York office 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.

Education

  • B.A., Amherst College 2006 magna cum laude
  • l’École Normale Supérieure, Exchange Fellow, 2006-07
  • J.D., Harvard Law School 2012 cum laude

Clinics

  • International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School

Bar Admissions

  • California 2013
  • New York 2015

Court Admissions

  • 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

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