Russell G. Tisman

Russell G. Tisman

Russell G. Tisman

Co-Chair, Litigation

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Russell G. Tisman concentrates in complex corporate, commercial, defense, employment, labor, personal injury, and Surrogate’s Court litigation. He has tried cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts and administrative agencies throughout the United States, and in arbitration and other alternate dispute resolution fora. Mr. Tisman also actively counsels management and human resource professionals on employment and labor matters. He represents public companies, privately held businesses, insurers, financial institutions, and individuals in all types of business-related disputes, in addition to representing individuals, insurance carriers, and businesses in personal injury litigation.

Mr. Tisman commenced practice in 1977 with a multinational, Wall Street law firm. From 1980 to 1987, he was Senior Litigation Counsel of ITT Corporation, a Fortune 20 company, where he was responsible for employment litigation system-wide and commercial, antitrust, and product liability defense litigation. In 1985, ITT awarded him an outstanding professional achievement award. Mr. Tisman was a founding member and head of the litigation and employment and labor practices of Groman, Ross & Tisman, P.C., which joined the Firm in 2006.

As an in-house attorney with ITT, Mr. Tisman learned that effective teaming with outside counsel insured that litigation was handled with the company’s business objectives and relationships in mind.  He continues to use those lessons teaming with corporate clients, and their in-house legal staffs, to achieve positive litigation results consistent with business considerations and objectives

He has published articles in various journals including the Journal of the American Corporate Counsel Association, and the National Law Journalthe Suffolk Lawyer, and treatise sections on litigation and employment topics, including chapter updates for BNA’s Employment Discrimination Law treatise. He has lectured extensively on employment and litigation law and alternative dispute resolution before both local and national audiences.

Mr. Tisman actively serves as an arbitrator and mediator in commercial and employment disputes. He has been a court-appointed arbitrator and an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and NAM. Mr. Tisman has been recognized for his volunteer efforts on behalf of Live On New York, formerly the New York Organ Donor Network. He serves of the Board of Harboring Hearts, and is a former benefit chair, a charity devoted to providing support services to heart and liver transplant patients and their families.  He also is a member of the Board of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court.

He has been AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell for more than 35 years. Mr. Tisman was honored by the Nassau County Bar Association for distinguished career, professional achievement, expertise, and leadership in the field of Labor and Employment. He repeatedly has been selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), and has been selected by Long Island Business News as one of Long Island’s leading employment and labor lawyers in its “Who’s Who in Law” edition, and as a Legal Eagle by Long Island Pulse Magazine, among other honors.

  • The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law, 1977
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1973
  • New York State Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Nassau County Bar Association (Employment & Labor and Commercial Litigation Committees)
  • The Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court (Director, Executive Committee)
  • Harboring Hearts (Board Member & past Benefit Chair of its annual charity benefit)
  • Past President, Lawyers Club of Huntington
  • Has served on committees of the Mid-Island YJCC
  • Has served on the Northwestern University Alumni Association (Past President of the Long Island Alumni Club
  • Has served as Regional Co-Director of Northwestern’s Alumni Admission Council