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Russell D. Mayer, Senior Partner

Russell D. Mayer, Partner ראסל ד. מאיר, שותף


Admitted to practice law in New York and Israel

Areas of practice:

  • Labor/Employment Law

  • Corporate and Commercial Law

  • Elder Care, Wills and Estates

  • Intellectual Property/Data Protection/Information Technology

  • Real Estate Matters

  • Banking and Insurance Regulatory Law

  • Finance and Trade Law

  • Litigation

  • Representation of Foreign Embassies and Governments

  • Biotechnology

  • Nanotechnology

  • Investments and Joint Ventures

  • Cleantech

  • Workouts


Hebrew University in Jerusalem (M.B.A., 2022)

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University (J.D., 1981)

Queens College (B.A. – Psychology, 1978); Psi Chi National Honor Society

Professional Summary:

Russell is one of the firm’s founding partners. Mr. Mayer specializes in  employment/labor law, elder law, international corporate and commercial matters, banking and insurance regulation, joint ventures, finance, real estate transactions, and trade.  He has acquired extensive legal and business experience assisting high-tech companies in all phases from incorporation through seed funding and eventually to exit.  Mr. Mayer has represented leading international banking institutions and insurance companies in their licensing and regulatory matters.  In addition, his experience in the corporate sector and embassy representation has made him well versed in labor law and its various nuances as they impact both domestic and foreign companies in Israel .  Russell is in the process of developing the firm’s nanotechnology practice area.  Finally, he regularly advises a number of foreign embassies and governments with respect to local Israeli law.

Born in New York, U.S.A., Mr. Mayer received his J.D. degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law of Yeshiva University in 1981 and his M.B.A. from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2022. Before Mr. Mayer moved to Israel in 1990, he served as in-house counsel for major New York money center commercial banks for over eight years where he specialized in corporate finance, bank regulatory matters and bankruptcy/workouts.  After moving to Israel and before founding the firm in 1998, he served as an Advocate/Associate at a large law firm in Tel Aviv, from 1990 through 1998, where he specialized in corporate matters, international transactions, real estate, banking, labor law and litigation matters.

Russell’s authored publications:

  • the Israel chapter of the treatise “International Employment Law

  • the Israeli section of a treatise on data protection and privacy law entitled “Global Privacy and Security Law

  • the Israeli chapter of an international treatise on securing debt obligations entitled “International Secured Transactions

  • an article entitled “Capital Adequacy Requirements for Israeli Banks: the Impact of the Basel II Accord” which was published in the international publication “Law and Financial Markets Review

  • the Israeli chapter of an international treatise on antitrust entitled “Mergers and Acquisitions in North America, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific, Selected Issues and Jurisdictions

  • co-authored “Joint Ventures in Israel” –  International Bar Association Seminar

  • contributor of legal articles to Times of Israel Newspaper

  • was a regular contributor of legal columns to YNET On-line Newspaper

  • was a regular legal columnist for Connections Magazine for over 4 years.

He is a lecturer on legal matters at AACI and Nefesh B’Nefesh.  Russell was instrumental in drafting revisions to the United States’ Uniform Commercial Code with respect to payment systems.

Mr. Mayer is a member of the Israel Bar and the New York State Bar and is a member of the Israel Bar Association’s Committee on Intellectual Property as well as its Banking Law Committee. He is fluent in Hebrew and English.

Russell has been selected as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the field of Telecommunications Media & Technology and in particular Information Technology in the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions of Who’s Who Legal.  Russell was recognized by Duns 100 for his expertise in employment law.

In his “spare time”, Russell is an auxiliary police officer with the Israel Police Department and was a volunteer in the Magen David Adom Ambulance Corp.  He was a judge on the Jerusalem District Disciplinary and Ethical Court of the Israel Bar Association.