Lawyers

Westchester
500 Mamaroneck Ave.
Suite 503
Harrison, NY 10528


New York
One Battery Park Plaza
28th Floor
New York, NY 10004


Hartford
95 Glastonbury Blvd.
Suite 206
Glastonbury, CT 06033


Education

J.D., Cornell University Law School

B.A., Cornell University

Honors

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (2017)

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers: Energy and Environmental Law, 2013, 2014, 2015

Avenue magazine and Martindale-Hubbell "Legal Elite," 2010-2011

William Ruskin is a partner in the Environmental/Toxic Tort, Agricultural Chemicals & Pesticides, Drug & Medical Device, and Tort & Product Liability Practice Groups.  He has more than 35 years of experience defending major industrial companies and manufacturers nationally in products liability, toxic tort, and environmental actions, including CERCLA.  Mr. Ruskin 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 for 20 years, and was recently appointed to the S.D.N.Y.'s Mediation Advisory Committee.  

Mr. Ruskin represents clients in a wide range of industries:

Chemical

  • Agricultural Chemicals: Defends toxic tort litigation involving pesticides in residential and commercial settings and crop damage claims by growers as a result of alleged herbicide phytotoxicity or lack of efficacy.
  • Asbestos: Served as national coordinating counsel for a chemical manufacturer in the defense of its premises liability asbestos cases.
  • Industrial Chemicals: Defends toxic tort and products liability cases involving construction and pipe chemicals, lead paint, epoxies and resins, polymers, coatings, urethanes, and UV stabilizers and metals.

Pharmaceuticals / Medical Devices

  • Represents drug and medical device manufacturers in cases involving NSAIDs, anti-seizure, anti-depressant and anti-hypertensive medications and sleep aids. 
  • Represented a silicone breast implant supplier in its New York litigation. 
  • Represented a manufacturer of androstendione and norandrostendione (“prohormone”) products in a putative class action in New York alleging deceptive trade practices and false advertising. 
  • As a former in-house counsel, coordinated the DBI-Phenformin litigation, involving the first FDA-designated “imminent hazard”; assisted in training sales persons regarding over-promotion; and prepared corporate witnesses for FDA hearings

Oil & Gas

  • Represents oil and gas companies in the defense of property damage, business interruption and stigma claims arising from leaking underground storage tanks and oil pipelines, and personal injury claims arising from alleged chemical exposures.
  • Represents oil and gas companies in mass tort and class action environmental litigation alleging personal injury and diminution of property value.
  • Implemented Value Assurance Plans (VAPs) at environmental remediation sites to protect against diminution of property value claims. 

Construction

  • Represents manufacturers of products used at construction sites and owners, construction contractors and subcontractors in construction project litigation

Insurance

  • Represented a major insurer in coverage litigation throughout the United States involving Pollution Legal Liability (PLL) and Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) coverages
  • Litigated insurance coverage issues involving manufactured gas plants, public utilities and sites undergoing remediation

Real Estate

  • Experienced in evaluating potential environmental risks and managing environmental liabilities involving brownfields, commercial development, and residential construction. Assists real estate and business lawyers in addressing the three environmental liability questions that arise in every real estate and business transaction:
    • Is there a significant environmental problem?
    • Can we estimate the cost?
    • Can we resolve the problem? 

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

American Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Diversity Committee; Environmental & Energy Law Committee (vice chair, Webinars); Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee (vice chair, Programming)
New York State Bar Association

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Contact

(212) 453-0755

wruskin@gordonrees.com


Offices

Westchester

New York

Hartford

Education

J.D., Cornell University Law School

B.A., Cornell University

Honors

Best Lawyers in America® distinction in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants (2017)

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

The American Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers: Energy and Environmental Law, 2013, 2014, 2015

Avenue magazine and Martindale-Hubbell "Legal Elite," 2010-2011

William A. Ruskin

Partner

Practices

Biography

William Ruskin is a partner in the Environmental/Toxic Tort, Agricultural Chemicals & Pesticides, Drug & Medical Device, and Tort & Product Liability Practice Groups.  He has more than 35 years of experience defending major industrial companies and manufacturers nationally in products liability, toxic tort, and environmental actions, including CERCLA.  Mr. Ruskin 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 for 20 years, and was recently appointed to the S.D.N.Y.'s Mediation Advisory Committee.  

Mr. Ruskin represents clients in a wide range of industries:

Chemical

  • Agricultural Chemicals: Defends toxic tort litigation involving pesticides in residential and commercial settings and crop damage claims by growers as a result of alleged herbicide phytotoxicity or lack of efficacy.
  • Asbestos: Served as national coordinating counsel for a chemical manufacturer in the defense of its premises liability asbestos cases.
  • Industrial Chemicals: Defends toxic tort and products liability cases involving construction and pipe chemicals, lead paint, epoxies and resins, polymers, coatings, urethanes, and UV stabilizers and metals.

Pharmaceuticals / Medical Devices

  • Represents drug and medical device manufacturers in cases involving NSAIDs, anti-seizure, anti-depressant and anti-hypertensive medications and sleep aids. 
  • Represented a silicone breast implant supplier in its New York litigation. 
  • Represented a manufacturer of androstendione and norandrostendione (“prohormone”) products in a putative class action in New York alleging deceptive trade practices and false advertising. 
  • As a former in-house counsel, coordinated the DBI-Phenformin litigation, involving the first FDA-designated “imminent hazard”; assisted in training sales persons regarding over-promotion; and prepared corporate witnesses for FDA hearings

Oil & Gas

  • Represents oil and gas companies in the defense of property damage, business interruption and stigma claims arising from leaking underground storage tanks and oil pipelines, and personal injury claims arising from alleged chemical exposures.
  • Represents oil and gas companies in mass tort and class action environmental litigation alleging personal injury and diminution of property value.
  • Implemented Value Assurance Plans (VAPs) at environmental remediation sites to protect against diminution of property value claims. 

Construction

  • Represents manufacturers of products used at construction sites and owners, construction contractors and subcontractors in construction project litigation

Insurance

  • Represented a major insurer in coverage litigation throughout the United States involving Pollution Legal Liability (PLL) and Environmental Impairment Liability (EIL) coverages
  • Litigated insurance coverage issues involving manufactured gas plants, public utilities and sites undergoing remediation

Real Estate

  • Experienced in evaluating potential environmental risks and managing environmental liabilities involving brownfields, commercial development, and residential construction. Assists real estate and business lawyers in addressing the three environmental liability questions that arise in every real estate and business transaction:
    • Is there a significant environmental problem?
    • Can we estimate the cost?
    • Can we resolve the problem? 
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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

American Bar Association
American Health Lawyers Association
DRI-The Voice of the Defense Bar
International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC): Diversity Committee; Environmental & Energy Law Committee (vice chair, Webinars); Toxic and Hazardous Substances Litigation Committee (vice chair, Programming)
New York State Bar Association

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