Bill Ruskin has over 35 years of experience defending industrial companies and manufacturers in products liability, toxic tort, and environmental actions that typically involve complex medical and scientific issues. In recognition of his reputation in his areas of concentration, Bill was invited to join the International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”), where he was recently appointed Chair of the organization’s Toxic & Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee.

Civic Engagement 

Bill has served as a mediator of disputes in civil litigation for over 20 years.  Bill is a volunteer mediator in the civil mediation program of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, having mediated disputes in that court since the early 1990’s.  He was appointed to a three-year term on the SDNY’s Mediation Advisory Committee in 2015.   Bill frequently utilizes principled negotiation to craft creative resolutions on behalf of his clients to resolve multi-party environmental disputes.  As an example, he has Implemented Value Assurance Plans (VAPs) at environmental remediation sites to protect against diminution of property value claims.

Education

  • Cornell University School of Law: J.D.      1977
  • Cornell University College of Arts & Sciences: B.A.      1974

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin

 Memberships

  • DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Chair, 2017-2019 Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee
  • New York State Bar Association– Environmental Law Committee

Accolades

  • Chair of the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Toxic & Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee (2017-2018)
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America distinction in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action Defendants (2017)
  • The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers: Energy and Environmental Law, (2013, 2014)