Russ Vignali is a tenacious advocate who focuses his litigation practice on the defense of products liability matters and related commercial disputes in New York state and federal courts. He also handles a variety of claims in the general liability area and has experience with related insurance coverage matters. Russ joined Wilson Elser in 1982 out of law school and developed his service approach within a firm culture that values a high level of responsiveness and open communication with clients.
In the products liability area, Russ for many years has defended large manufacturers and retailers in claims brought in New York involving table saws, circular saws, grinders, drills and other stationary and portable power tools. On behalf of insurers, trade associations and corporate clients, he also has defended industrial machinery, including conveyors, packaging machinery, punch presses, lathes and press brakes; outdoor power equipment, including lawn mowers and snow throwers; and hoists and lift devices. In addition, Russ counsels many corporate clients regarding product recalls and various regulatory matters, and he regularly handles consumer warranty claims. His clients include several self-insured risk retention groups, to which he has lectured on various insurance and products liability topics.
The general liability portion of Russ’ practice involves the defense of clients in litigation involving premises liability, negligent security, motor vehicle accidents and other casualty claims. Russ has developed particular experience in youth sports liability matters and serves on the board of directors of his local Little League baseball organization.