Russell Shanks, a member of the firm, concentrates his practice in the area of commercial litigation, specializing within the automotive and real estate industries. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Shanks had previously served as general counsel to the Potamkin automotive organization for five years.
Mr. Shanks has represented clients in numerous matters of complex litigation involving the “Big Three” automotive manufacturers. In addition, he has represented clients in various litigated matters including commercial loan transactions, shareholder/partnership/contract disputes and commercial foreclosures.
Mr. Shanks has a wide range of experience before the State and Federal Courts in New York, as well as before numerous administrative and arbitration tribunals. He has previously lectured in a program operated by the Kings County Supreme Court in conjunction with the Kings County District Attorneys Office. He currently trains small claims arbitrators and has served on the Board and as President of the Association of Small Claims Arbitrators of the City of New York. He has also acted as a mentor in the Brooklyn Law School mentoring program.
Mr. Shanks received a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1983, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the Supreme Court of the United States.