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Louis A. Russo

Business Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   25 reviews

also known as Lou Russo

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  • State Years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 14 years
    New York - NY 16 years
    New Jersey - NJ 16 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2007
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Louis

Learn Louis’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Business
    25%
    Act as outside general counsel for small businesses and medium sized businesses. Helping clients sell and acquire businesses.

  2. Contracts and agreements
    25%
    Analyzing, negotiating, and drafting commercial contracts, terms & conditions, loan agreements, commercial real estate leases, and employment contracts.

  3. Lawsuits and disputes
    20%
    Help businesses, owners, officers, directors, members, partners, shareholders or other investors resolve matters in state & federal litigation in New York, New Jersey and Washington DC.

    16 years

  4. Arbitration
    15%
    Resolving business disputes before arbitration panels under most of the major arbitral institutions (AAA, ICC, ICDR, ICSID, Society of Maritime Arbitrators)

    16 years

  5. Partnership
    10%
    Helping owners and investors negotiate partnership agreements and operating agreements and resolve disputes without need for litigation

  6. Employment and labor
    5%
    Disputes relating employee departures and onboarding including issues such as raiding, noncompetes, nonsolicitation, confidentiality agreements, theft of trade secrets, and tortious interference. Negotiate and draft employment contracts.

    16 years

LOU HELPS BUSINESS OWNERS, EXECUTIVES AND INVESTORS WITH CONTRACTS, BUSINESS DISPUTES AND BUYING AND SELLING BUSINESSES.

Lou Russo of Russo Law LLC is an accomplished business lawyer, arbitrator, professor and author with nearly 15 years of legal experience and training from the best and the brightest legal minds at the nation's preeminent AmLaw100 business law firms including Proskauer Rose, Winston & Strawn, and Alston & Bird.

Lou advises and works closely with clients on all legal issues serving as outside general counsel to many. He negotiates and drafts business contracts, helps business owners buy and sell businesses, as well as navigate pre-suit negotiations, mediation, arbitration of business disputes, and federal and state court litigation of which often include a breach of contract and related allegations of fraud and other tortious conduct. Lou works to resolve business disputes and partnership disagreements before litigation becomes necessary.

Lou helps business owners and investors buy and sell businesses of all sizes including small businesses and medium-sized businesses in New York and New Jersey.  He regularly drafts and negotiates asset sales, purchase agreements and the sale of interests in limited liability companies between owners. In that role he works with his clients' tax accountants, insurance brokers, and other professionals to get the deal closed.

Drawing upon his significant experience, Lou Russo also serves as arbitrator in FINRA and American Arbitration Association - Consumer matters and also teaches commercial arbitration as an adjunct law professor of law.

A magna cum laude graduate of Hofstra Law, Lou was the Associate Editor of the Hofstra Law Review and the Vice President of the Moot Court Association. He also participated in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s trial techniques program. He received his B.A. in political science (with a minor in biology) from Villanova University.

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New York business lawyer, New Jersey business lawyer, business attorney, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, M&A, buing a business, selling a business, pre-suit negotiation, mediation, litigation in state and federal courts, and arbitration, partnership disputes, operating agreements, shareholder agreements, NDAs, purchase agreements (breach of contract, Commercial Litigation, Business Litigation) 

 

 

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New York business lawyer, New Jersey business lawyer

Location

Russo Law LLC (By Appointment Only)
276 Fifth Avenue
Suite 704
New York, NY, 10001
Russo Law LLC (By Appointment Only)
681 Lawlins Road
Suite 10-7
Wyckoff, NJ, 07481
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Reviews

5.0 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
President
Lou has taken our corporate needs to heart and represented us well. I highly recommend him for any small or medium-sized company in need of legal corporate counsel.
Response from Louis Russo May 21, 2020
It is my pleasure to serve small and medium-sized businesses.
Posted by Michael | January 5, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Immense Help
Louis answered my contract disputes extremely efficiently in a clear, concise manner. Excellent help!
Response from Louis Russo January 9, 2024
Thank you for contacting business lawyer Russo Law LLC. Hope you found the free consultation was beneficial and glad we could get you in touch with the right lawyer to address your legal needs.
Posted by Michelle Hayden | June 7, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT!
We hired Lou for a very complicated case involving a manager who was mismanaging the LLC that we were members of. He skillfully navigated us through the process of addressing the issues, which ultimately led to the dissolution of the LLC. We couldn't have been any more pleased with the results. We are filled with gratitude. He was a complete pleasure to work with. He is straightforward with his answers and his billing. He is patient and makes himself available despite having a very packed schedule. Most importantly, he is extremely competent, presenting nothing but sound strategies for accomplishing goals. A big plus is he is a GREAT writer, which no doubt comes from the fact that he is a clear thinker. This helped moved the matter along because he was able to define the problems and articulate the penalties in such a way as to enlighten the individual involved, which encouraged a speedy resolution to our stressful problem. Lou is NOT an underdelivering corner cutter with the tendency to overbill, like most attorneys we have dealt with in the past. We were able to relax knowing our matter was in the hands of a true professional. That is rare. There is a reason why Louis Russo earns nothing but 5-star reviews. Highly recommend him to anyone who needs help with their legal issues!!
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Response from Louis Russo June 15, 2023
It was my pleasure to help you navigate and resolve your ongoing your partnership disputes. I would welcome the opportunity to work with you and people in your network on negotiating business contracts, buying or selling businesses, or resolving a business disputes.
Posted by Cansu | November 16, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing Contracts and Business Lawyer
I cannot speak more highly of Russo Law LLC. Mr. Russo is extremely professional, fair, responsive and diligent. He follows through his cases and always keeps his clients in the loop. As a small business owner, I've had my share of experiences with lawyers and Mr. Russo is, by far, the most pleasant lawyer I ever worked with. He eases the complicated process of any court case/procedure as much as he possibly can. Mr. Russo is fairly knowledgeable in business contracts/disputes and he was indispensable to our case. If you are in need of a lawyer, you don't have to look further than Russo Law LLC.
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Response from Louis Russo September 25, 2023
Business litigation law firm Russo Law LLC is so happy that we were able to work to get your business dispute resolved. I am thrilled that the strategy we formulated and executed together led you to a win. Thank you for the kind words and I look forward to working with you and those in your network on all of your future contracts, business purchases, business sales, and business disputes in litigation, arbitration, or mediation.
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Posted by Joseph | October 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lou was very helpful and responsive even during a difficult time.
I contacted several attorneys about a strange request, a waiver for fire walking. Some were quick to say no, and some didn't return my phone calls, except for Louis Russo from Russo Law. He took the time to explain the process, and his fees, answer my concerns and outline the expectations from both sides. Unfortunately, he also suffered a personal loss during the process, was honest about it, and continued working on my project. I look forward to working with Lou Russo on whatever my business needs.
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Response from Louis Russo October 6, 2022
It was a pleasure working with you on this project as your business attorney. Small businesses need legal representation too, so I was glad to help you and other businesses like yours. I look forward to working with you in the future on all of your legal needs as you grow your business.
Posted by Bareena | October 3, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent contract lawyer for single-member LLC
I needed a contract edited for my small, somewhat unconventional, single-member LLC. Lou did an excellent job! He listened to what I needed, answered my questions clearly, responded to my concerns, and paid attention to the details. I recommend him highly!
Response from Louis Russo October 4, 2022
I am happy to hear that you were satisfied with my business lawyer services. I look forward to helping you and other small business owners like you in the future with any business contracts, business transactions, or business disputes.
Posted by DJ | July 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely happy!
Working with Lou was one of the best experiences I have had to date with a business attorney. He is very knowledegable, easy to talk to, and helped me create a business contract that worked well for me. A simple discussion educated me to many items I had not thought of which I truly appreciated. I would highly recommend Russo Law to any business owner.
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Response from Louis Russo July 6, 2022
Thank you so much for the kinds words. It was my pleasure helping you and your business wiht your contract drafting needs. I look forward to working with you in the future as you continue to grow your business.
Posted by Frank | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sale of franchise
Dealing with ups and Sanzari associates two of the most powerful and arrogant companies Russo stood toe to toe and brought us out a winner. Would highly recommend him to anyone who needs an attorney.
Response from Louis Russo April 5, 2022
Glad we were able to get this deal done. We couldn't have got your business sold without your diligence. I wish you the best of luck in your next venture.
Posted by Denise | April 4, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Owner/Member
Mr. Russo was incredibly helpful and diligent representing my interests as I went through the process of selling my small business. The process was long and very complicated as my business was part of a franchise. Mr. Russo was instrumental to negotiating with all the related parties and helped get the deal over the line when the buyers was being difficult.
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Response from Louis Russo April 5, 2022
I am so happy we were able to get your business sold. It was a pleasure working with a business owner like you and I wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your life.
Posted by Hugh | March 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sale of Business
The recent sale of my business required entrusting my personal motivations and goals to an attorney that would protect the enterprise and elevate its commensurate value. Mr. Russo fulfilled that need with precision and was directly responsible for navigating a greater multiple beyond my expectations. During the entire process there were no wasted efforts, only precision. Mr. Russo’s attentive levels of communication were immediate and refined. Establishing a bond during a transaction of this nature can be stressful and anxiety producing. Mr. Russo has a high emotional quotient that goes beyond his expertise. It doesn’t take long to know that he is invested in you and not just the transaction.
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Response from Louis Russo March 30, 2022
It was a privilege to work with you to get your purchase agreement negotiated and finalized. More importantly, I was so happy to help you monetize all of the years of effort you put into growing your client base and your business. Wishing you the best of luck and look forward to working with you on your next business venture.
Posted by Partha | December 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Litigation
Lou was extremely professional, knowledgeable and more importantly thorough in handling our case and negotiating a final settlement in our favor.
Response from Louis Russo December 9, 2021
It was truly a pleasure collaborating with you to resolve your business dispute. I am glad we were able to negotiate a favorable settlement. I would welcome the opportunity to serve as your business lawyer and work on your company's future business contracts, transactions, or disputes.
Posted by Lou | October 28, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great to work with
Lou is great to work with, and I will look to him any time I am in need of any other services.
Response from Louis Russo November 1, 2021
Appreciate the kind words and valuable feedback. It was a pleasure working with you as your business attorney. I look forward to the opportunity to working with you again on all of your business contracts or business disputes in the future.
Posted by Thomas | April 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent and professional legal help
I hired Lou to collect a debt from a company that had failed to pay me for more than two years. With his help I was finally able to get a substantial reaction from the company and we were able to negotiate a payment plan in which I will be paid in full.
Response from Louis Russo January 9, 2024
Thank you for working with business lawyer Russo Law LLC. Glad business lawyer Lou Russo was able to help resolve your business dispute in a way that avoided costly and protracted litigation.
Posted by Cam | March 20, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Contract Review
I hired Louis to review a contract that I was signing to join an incubator type company to get my business moving. He carefully read the contract and pointed out everything I needed to be aware of before I made the final decision to sign. Louis is a great lawyer and helped me understand exactly what I should be getting out of the program I joined. I would highly recommend Louis to anyone looking for business legal work.
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Response from Louis Russo January 9, 2024
Thank you for working with business lawyer Russo Law LLC on your contract review. Russo Law LLC is glad that business lawyer Lou Russo was able to help you understand the terms of the contract.
Posted by Christina | February 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend!
Louis was very professional and thorough. He revised and edited our company's website terms and conditions. He was organized, clear, and easy to work with. Will hire again in the future!
Response from Louis Russo February 8, 2021
It was a pleasure working to assist your business. I also look forward to working with you again in the future.
Posted by Kristy | November 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Attorney Review
I have also used Lou for my legal work and have been more than happy with him. He is very professional and has a real understanding of the law. Lou is your guy if you have or will have contractual issues, so that you don’t find yourself in trouble down the road. He has an ease in explaining things which made me feel comfortable with my decisions. I highly recommend Russo Law.
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Response from Louis Russo February 8, 2021
Thank you for this kind review. I look forward to working with you in the future.
Posted by Daniel | October 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Business Divorce Settlement Negotiations
I retained Lou to help settle a business divorce for an extremely small entity. He is a consummate professional that treated my tiny matter with as much seriousness as I would have expected for the largest settlement proceedings. He is responsive, knowledge, and provided honest advice even when it would have been easier to tell me what I wanted to hear. Most importantly, he settled my case for 30x more than was initially offered. I would recommend him to absolutely anyone.
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Response from Louis Russo October 26, 2020
It was a pleasure working with you and I am glad we were able to work together to get your desired result.
Posted by Jim | September 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best!
Lou was great. He listened to my issue and helped me recover monies without spending thousands. I highly recommend him.
Response from Louis Russo September 28, 2020
It was truly a pleasure helping you recoup the money that was rightfully yours under the relevant contract. I'd welcome the opportunity to work with you and yours in the future.
Posted by Saadeh | June 11, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Prompt and Attentive
I reached out to Louis looking for a consultation on purchasing a business. He called me back promptly and answered all my questions. He was extremely helpful.
Response from Louis Russo June 27, 2020
It was a pleasure consulting with you.
Posted by Derek | June 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very helpful!
I found Louis Russo through Avvo, had a quick and efficient exchange about my situation. He was a good fit and made his process easy to understand. He asked great questions in the consultation and followed up with thorough answers to my questions in less than 48 hours. I am planning to continue with his services for future situations.
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Response from Louis Russo June 27, 2020
It was a pleasure working with you as well.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Founder
  • Russo Law LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Hofstra Law School
  • 2018 - Present
  • Partner
  • Goldberg Segalla
  • 2016 - 2019
  • Of Counsel
  • Alston & Bird, LLP
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Associate
  • Winston & Strawn, LLP
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Associate
  • Seyfarth Shaw
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Associate
  • Proskauer
  • 2007 - 2010
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Education

  • Hofstra University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor, magna cum laude
  • 2007
  • Villanova University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Dismissal of breach of contract case relating to online terms and conditions
  • Dismissed after trial
  • Settled employment contract dispute
  • Settled
  • Settled lawyer partnership dispute
  • Settled
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Associations

  • FINRA
  • Arbitrator
  • 2020 - Present
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  • Membership Committee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • New York City Small Claims Court Arbitrator
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Villanova BRIDGE Society
  • Mentor
  • N/A
  • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law 2016 Working Group for Arbitration and Conciliation
  • Delegate
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Client Champion (Platinum)
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
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Publications

  • Mealey's Litigation Discovery Report and Mealey's International Arbitration Report
  • Co-Author, "E-Disclosure Bytes — Managing ESI in International Commercial Arbitration"
  • 2018
  • Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial, ABA Book Publishing
  • Chapter Co-Author, "Professional Liability Claims"
  • 2018
  • Mealey's International Arbitration Report
  • Co-Author, "The Evolving Landscape of Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration"
  • 2017
  • Inside Counsel
  • Co-Author, “Uber’s Online Terms and Conditions Invoking Arbitration Receives 5 Stars"
  • 2017
  • Young ICCA Blog
  • Co-Author, “New York’s Highest Court Rejects Attempt to Compel Nonsignatory to Arbitrate Under the Direct Benefits Estoppel Doctrine"
  • 2015
  • Mealey’s International Arbitration Report
  • Co-Author, “Your Arbitral Awards are Safe: U.S. Courts are Deferential to Arbitral Disclosure Rulings"
  • 2015
  • Bloomberg Law Reports
  • Navigating the Complexities of International Arbitration
  • 2014
  • Securities Reform Act Litigation Reporter and Bank and Corporate Governance Law Reporter
  • Delaware Quarterly: Recent Developments in Delaware Business and Securities Law
  • 2013
  • Global Arbitration Review
  • New Curbs on Arbitrator Interviews
  • 2013
  • New York Law Journal
  • How 'Morrison' Inadvertently Broadens Extraterritorial Actions
  • 2012
  • American Bar Association, The SIRMon
  • Proper Policy: Excess Insurer Liability Following Settlements for Less
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Market Your Solo Practice with Free Tips and Brief Consultations
  • Legal Marketing
  • 2020
  • New York City Association of Insurance Women (NYCAIW) Breakfast and Learn, New York City, New York
  • Co-Presenter, "D&O Liability in the Digital Age"
  • 2018
  • LVL/Allied World CE/CLE, New York City, New York
  • Co-Presenter, "D&O Liability in the Digital Age"
  • 2018
  • National Arbitration and Mediation
  • Panelist, "Best Practices and Tips for Mediation: 4 Perspectives"
  • 2017
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panelist, “Utilizing Technology in Dispute Resolution"
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (1)
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Business Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Russo are consistently accurate, full of analysis, and are customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Lou and I worked together for several years. He is a smart, thoughtful, efficient litigator, who takes client service to the next level."