Louis Russo is a trusted legal advisor to domestic and international businesses and directors and officers facing complex commercial and fraud-based disputes. In addition to his general business and commercial experience, Lou has successfully represented clients in other matters involving financial services, corporate governance, securities fraud, maritime chartering disputes, restrictive covenants, and residential and commercial loan servicing.
In all of his matters, Lou helps his clients efficiently resolve their legal challenges through a variety of strategies best suited to their needs, including pre-suit negotiation, mediation, litigation in state and federal courts, and arbitration under the rules of the major arbitral institutions.
Lou has extensive domestic and international arbitration experience, including representing a bulk chemical fertilizer distributor in a maritime chartering dispute arbitration involving a foreign counterparty’s failure to accept delivery of the fertilizer.
In another matter, he represented an acquired medical device developer concerning the development and marketing of a dental imaging device by a German device manufacturer in an AAA arbitration.
He has acted as counsel to one of the largest publicly traded fuel tanker companies in the world in a maritime arbitration dispute with a Norwegian shipbuilder involving ship construction and chartering. Lou has also represented a Chinese electronics manufacturer in an ICC arbitration with a Korean manufacturer over a failed joint venture.
Lou serves as an adjunct professor on international commercial arbitration, has authored numerous articles on international arbitration, and often speaks on the subject as well. Recently, Lou co-authored a chapter on arbitration and mediation of professional liability matters in the American Bar Association’s Resolving Insurance Claim Disputes Before Trial.
A magna cum laude graduate of Hofstra University School of 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.
- Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
- New York International Arbitration Center (Member)
- New York City Small Claims Court Arbitrator
- Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2007
- Villanova University, B.A., 2002
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