Russell L. Porter

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A member of the Litigation Team, Russell L. Porter represents large institutional clients in a variety of matters. He has supported commercial real estate companies, national retail stores, multi-national food services conglomerates, telecommunication companies, environmental services entities, and leading cosmetic companies in cases that range from breach of contract, toxic torts, products liability, premises liability, property damage subrogation claims to  wage matters under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Mr. Porter also advises both insurance carriers and policy holders in coverage disputes, subrogation matters and evaluation of tenders of defense and indemnity. He also assists attorneys facing claims of legal malpractice in all facets of litigation.  

Prior Relevant Experience
  • Gordon & Silber, P.C., Litigation Associate, 2014-2018.
  • Havkins Rosenfeld Ritzert & Varriale, LLP, Associate, 2013-2014.
  • Xie & Associates, PLLC, Associate, 2011-2013.
  • New York City Department of Homeless Services, Bronx, NY, Head Legal Intern, 2010 and 2011.
  • Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, Major Cases/Gangs Bureau, Bronx, NY, Legal Intern, 2010.
Representative Matters/Experience
  • Jin Yun Zheng v. Good Fortune Supermarket Group, et. al., 2013 WL 5132023 (E.D.N.Y. Sept. 12, 2013) – Successfully defeated the plaintiff's motion for collective action certification in Fair Labor Standards Act wage litigation. These motions are routinely granted in the Second Circuit and the resulting opinion has gone on to be cited in numerous cases brought in the various United States District Courts located in New York.
  • Bell v. American International Industries, et. al., Docket Number: MID-L-6527-15AS – Successfully obtained a rare a dismissal of a cosmetic talc related asbestos case in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Middlesex County based on forum non conveniens doctrine. The plaintiff was a life-long resident of North Carolina who alleged that she developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos contained in a cosmetic talc product through her work as a hairdresser. Investigation revealed that  the plaintiff had a long history of employment in several North Carolina textile factories which were known sources of asbestos-exposure and related litigation. Further investigation revealed that the plaintiff had filed a workers’ compensation claim asserting that her mesothelioma was the result of her work at these factories. It was discovered that this claim had been voluntarily dismissed by the plaintiff so she could pursue her claims in a New Jersey plenary action. A motion to dismiss was filed immediately, and after three separate oral arguments, the Court dismissed the case.
  • Berkley Acquisitions LLC v. 1141 Realty LLC, Index No.: 652285/2011 (NY. Co. Sup. Ct. 2012) – Successfully obtained summary judgment dismissing complaint of prospective purchaser of commercial real estate in Manhattan on grounds that the prospective purchaser had failed to satisfy condition precedent of contract for sale of land.
Community Involvment
  • New York City Department of Homeless Services – volunteer  

Practice

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Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York

Education

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York, NY, J.D., cum laude, 2009-2011.

Boston University School of Communication, Boston, MA, B.S., 2008.