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About Russell

Russell Gallaro represents clients, both private and public entities, in an array of complex commercial litigation matters that involve securities, derivatives, fraud, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) and contract disputes. His clients reflect the financial services and commercial sectors, and he regularly appears in state and federal courts, as well as in arbitration proceedings and before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).


Recent Notable Matters

Financial services company — obtained complete dismissal of $30 million claims of breach of contract, fraud and securities violations, in an 18-day FINRA arbitration in connection with client’s origination of securities*

Financial services company and registered representative — obtained complete dismissal in FINRA arbitration of claims against client alleging unsuitable investment activity, and obtained expungement in federal court of all references to the claims on registered representative’s public disclosure report*

Data center services company — successfully represented client alleging breach of contract claim in AAA arbitration and related New York state court proceeding*

Financial services company — represented client in commercial mortgage-backed securities “putback” case*

* Work completed prior to Bracewell



Columbia University School of Law,
Georgetown University,
Bachelor of Arts

Bar Admissions

New York




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Bracewell’s Keith Blackman, Joshua Klein and Russell Gallaro spotlight proposed changes to federal bankruptcy procedure to allow use of special masters in complex bankruptcy cases.



BL Rankings
Best Lawyers
Ones to Watch, Litigation – Securities, 2024
Lawdragon Inc.
Lawdragon 500 X – The Next Generation
Commercial Litigation, 2023