Martin Russo is an accomplished litigator with more than 20 years of experience handling complex business litigation in state and federal courts nationwide as well as before a panoply of alternative dispute resolution forums. His practice includes sophisticated commercial disputes, financial services litigation, regulatory defense, white collar defense, corporate compliance and internal investigations for publicly-held and private companies in the United States and abroad.
Marty has developed a robust practice representing prominent international individuals and entities in multi-jurisdictional litigation. His ‘value-added’ and a key driver of success is the ability to craft and execute innovative strategies to accomplish his clients’ goals. He is highly regarded for an aggressive style, a keen ability to distill complex fact patterns into common sense positions, and the effective management of large cases which require thoughtful coordination across multiple jurisdictions.
Marty has a wealth of experience counseling regulated firms and their current and former employees in customer arbitrations, disciplinary actions, and investigations and enforcement proceedings initiated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Justice, as well as self-regulatory organizations. In this arena, Marty has an achieved an enviable track record by prevailing in a notable number of FINRA disciplinary hearings and securing exceptional settlements. He also has significant experience representing clients in high-stakes criminal matters and has obtained numerous favorable outcomes.
Leveraging his deep knowledge of the industry, Marty has been called upon to serve as outside general counsel for small to mid-sized broker-dealers. In this role, he renders compliance counsel to enable clients to anticipate and respond to the dynamic regulatory environment.
Marty was born and raised in New York where he attended the prestigious Regis High School. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School and received a BA, magna cum laude, with distinction in the field of economics from Yale University. Marty is an avid soccer player, the President of one of New York’s oldest soccer clubs, and a USSF licensed coach who presently trains two adult men’s amateur soccer teams.
Marty is admitted to practice in the State of New York, before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.