Russell Spivak

Russell Spivak’s practice centers on civil and criminal matters for financial institutions and private companies pursuant to inquiries from the United States Department of Justice, the US Securities and Exchange Commission, and myriad state regulators across the country. In this capacity, Mr. Spivak has participated in and managed internal investigations related to bribery, money laundering and fraud. In addition, he has advised companies on civil rights and anti-discrimination issues as well as represented companies in civil litigation involving intellectual property and trade secrets disputes. 

Mr. Spivak shares the firm's commitment to pro bono work and maintains an active pro bono practice, ranging from advising advocacy groups on journalists’ free speech rights internationally to working on behalf of asylum seekers and veterans.

Mr. Spivak is a contributor to the Lawfare Blog and an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve.

While attending law school, he was a summer associate at the firm and a law clerk at the Department of Defense’s Office of Military Commissions in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor. Prior to pursuing his law degree, Mr. Spivak was a legislative aide to a member of Congress.

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  • Education

    • JD, Harvard Law School, 2017

      Principal Senior Editor, Harvard National Security Journal, Technical Editor, Articles Committee, Harvard Journal on Legislation

    • BS, Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013

      Burchard Scholar, Pressman Scholar, US Congressional Commendation for Community Service

  • Admissions

    • New York

    • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

    • US District Court for the Eastern District of New York