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Kathryn J. Russo

New York Metro
Long Island

P 631-247-4606 F 631-247-0417


Kathryn J. Russo


Kathryn J. Russo is a principal in the Long Island, New York, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is a firm resource on the legal issues implicated in workplace drug and alcohol testing arising under federal, state and local laws.

Kathryn assists clients with workplace problems involving drugs and alcohol, and gives advice about compliance with all pertinent drug and alcohol testing laws. She prepares substance abuse policies to comply with all federal drug and alcohol testing regulations (including all agencies of the U.S. Department of Transportation), as well as the drug and alcohol testing laws of all 50 states. In addition, she defends employers in litigation where drug and alcohol test results are at issue, and frequently conducts “reasonable suspicion” training for employers in connection with their substance abuse policies. Kathryn also counsels employers on leave and disability management issues arising when employees seek leave for substance abuse rehabilitation.

Kathryn is the editor and a contributor to Jackson Lewis’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Law Advisor blog, a blog addressing developments in workplace drug and alcohol testing.

In addition to her workplace substance abuse practice, Kathryn concentrates her practice on employment litigation, defending employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies and arbitration panels in litigation related to employment discrimination, retaliation, wrongful discharge, whistleblower, wage-hour and related tort and contract claims. Kathryn advises clients on compliance with various state and federal laws affecting the workplace, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, and New York State and City laws, among others. She guides clients through internal investigations, disciplinary actions and medical leave issues, and prepares workplace policies and employee handbooks. Kathryn frequently lectures and conducts management training for employers on a wide variety of employment law topics, including EEO/anti-harassment, FMLA, ADA, substance abuse, drug testing and privacy issues.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, Kathryn worked for a law firm in New York City, where she litigated general commercial disputes, employment matters, legal malpractice cases, and defended attorneys and physicians in disciplinary proceedings.

While attending law school, she was the articles & commentary editor for the Fordham Urban Law Journal.

Jury Trials To Verdict

Kathryn’s jury trial experience includes the following:

  • Mendelsohn v. Mercy Medical Center, U.S.D.C., E.D.N.Y. In this gender discrimination case, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant employer.
  • Oge v. Vijax Fuel Corp., U.S.D.C., E.D.N.Y. In this race and national origin discrimination case, the court entered a directed verdict for the defendant employer.

Honors and Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, "Employment Law - Management" and "Litigation - Labor and Employment" (2018-present)
  • Long Island Business News, Who’s Who in Professional Women (2010)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association
  • National Drug and Alcohol Screening Association
  • Suffolk County Bar Association

Published Works

  • “Top Ten Mistakes Employers Make When Conducting Drug Testing,” DATIA Focus Magazine (Fall 2017) [Author]