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After years of working for well-respected national and regional firms, I established my own firm focusing exclusively on labor and employment law.   My areas of concentration include, for example:

(a) wrongful termination / employment discrimination (including sexual harassment and retaliation claims);  

(b) wage claims (e.g., unpaid wages, overtime, exempt vs. non-exempt status,  independent contractor issues, etc.);

(c) non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; 

(d) executive departures and severance agreements; 

(e) whistleblower laws; and 

(f) providing advice and counsel with regard to a diverse array of employment issues such as workplace policies and procedures, general labor law compliance, leaves of absence and discipline and termination issues.





Practice areas


  1. Employment & Labor: 100%


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Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Kevin Dugald Galbraith

    Russell is a deeply experienced attorney in the areas of employment and labor law. His savvy, skill and dedication to his clients have earned him the respect of his peers and the gratitude of his clients. Anytime I encounter people with employment or labor legal issues, I can enthusiastically and confidently refer them to Russell with the knowledge that they will receive top-notch representation.


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  • Emanuel Kataev

    In the two years I have known Russell, I have learned that he is an experienced, practical, and intelligent attorney. His writing indicates his ability to convey his message simply, but effectively. When speaking, he carries an element of charisma and charm, whether he is speaking to opposing counsel in a matter or to a client, such that his arguments and position undoubtedly have merit. Above all else, Russell has shown careful regard for his ancillary - but important - position as an officer of the court with respect to ethics and professional responsibility. He never waivers in the face of doing the right thing. For those reasons, I wholeheartedly endorse Russell Adler as an experienced labor & employment law attorney.


    Emanuel Kataev Employment & Labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Law Offices of Russell E. Adler PLLC

370 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1012
New York, NY, 10018


NYCurrently registered 199903/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselPepper Hamilton LLP2009 - 2012
AssociateWolf Block2004 - 2009
AssociateStroock Stroock & Lavan2002 - 2004
AssociateJackson Lewis2000 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of the Bar of New York CityMember Workers Rights and Responsibilities Committee2012 - Present
National Employment Lawyers Association (New York chapter)N/A2012 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationLabor and Employment Law Section2000 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Pepper HamiltonDeadline for Compliance with the New York Wage Theft Prevention Act2011
Pepper HamiltonNew York Passes the Wage Theft Prevention Act, Substantially Increasing Penalties for Wage Payment Violations and Imposing Additional Obligations on Employers2010
Pepper HamiltonWhistleblower Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act Clarified by the SEC’s Proposed Rules2010
Pepper HamiltonNew York State Construction Industry Fair Play Act: An End to Independent Contractors?2009
Pepper HamiltonNew York’s Highest Court Limits the Out-of-State Reach of the New York City and New York State Anti-Discrimination Laws2009
Pepper HamiltonTreading Water in a Sea of Conflicting Federal and State Employment Laws2009
Pepper HamiltonSupreme Court Ruling Increases Burden on Employees in Age Discrimination Cases2009
National Underwriter publicationQuoted: Supreme Court Retaliation Ruling Equals More Expensive Suits - • National Underwriter, Supreme Court Retaliation Ruling Equals More Expensive Suits - Whistleblowers have more weapons for employment cases2009
Inside CounselRetaliation Ammunition2008
Industry WeekNon-Competes Can Be Worth More Than the Paper They Are Written On2007
Workforce.comPractical Tips for Providing Post-Employment References2007
Human Resources ExecutiveInternet Addiction: The Next Disability?2007
Workforce Management OnlineTroubling Legal Twist: The Interplay of Unlawful Employee Internet Use and Workplace Torts2006
Metropolitan Corporate CounselUnlawful Employee Internet Use: Is It Your Company's Problem?2006
The Legal IntelligencerEmployers, Beware: Supreme Court Decision Changes the Playing Field2006
Andrews Repetitive Stress Injury Litigation ReporterKey Second Circuit Case Broadens ADA Claims for Mental Disability But Imposes Narrow Standard for Relief2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
St John's University School of LawCum Laude - LawJD - Juris Doctor1999
State University of New YorkN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
NYU Dental SchoolNon-Compete Agreements in the Medical and Dental Field2012