Josh H. Kardisch, Esq.

Of Counsel


212-482-0001 x165

As Of Counsel to Russo & Toner, LLP, Josh Kardisch litigates personal injury matters involving defective products, toxic substances, faulty sidewalks/roadways, motor vehicle accidents and animal attacks; claims of workplace discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, disability, pregnancy, whistle-blower status, retaliation, and sexual harassment; complex insurance issues, and; disputes between business entities. 


Josh has been representing individuals and businesses before State and Federal courts (trial and appellate levels) and administrative agencies nationwide for 30 years.  He also advises clients on proper workplace practices and programs designed to curtail litigation and he negotiates and prepares many types of business-related documents, such as employment handbooks, severance packages, non-compete clauses/restrictive covenants and partnership dissolution agreements. 


For 20 years prior to joining Russo & Toner, Josh was the managing partner of his own litigation firm. Between 1985 and 1996, Josh was an associate and a partner in a large national firm, where he defended pesticide, lead and asbestos exposure, environmental, product liability, insurance, commercial and labor law suits at the trial and appellate levels for small through Fortune 500 companies. 



  • 1984 J.D., Boston University School of Law

  • 1980 B.A., City University of New York



  • State of New York

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York



  • New York State Bar Association

  • Nassau County Bar Association: Member of the Speaker's Bureau and Labor Employment Committee

  • Brandeis Association 

  • International Product Safety & Liability Prevention Association



Reported Decisions

  • Johnson v. Levy, 812 F. Supp.2d 167 (EDNY 2011) 

  • Allianz Insurance v. Lerner, 416 F.3d 109 (2d. Cir. 2005)

  • Tejada v. City of New York, 309 A.D.2d 676, 765 N.Y.S.2d 866 (1st Dept. 2003)

  • Elkman v. S.G. Owners Corp., 246 A.D.2d 314; 668 N.Y.S.2d 11 (1st Dept. 1999)


Speaking Engagements:

  • Long Island Business News, The Jury’s Out on Cyber Consultations (March 9, 2011)

  • News 12 Long Island: Family and Medical Leave Act violations and discrimination based upon pregnancy (June 2008)

  • CNBC, Bill Griffiths: Tobacco Industry Knowledge of Hazards, Potential Future Liability and Recent Congressional Hearings (May 17, 1994)

  • Coverage Issues in Toxic Tort Litigation: The Issue of Occurrence in Light of Recent Case Law, New York State Liquidation Bureau (March 2005)



Mr. Kardisch has published over 40 articles in his fields of legal concentration, including:

  • Kardisch, Josh H., Constructive Trusts and Unclean Hands: A Recent Nassau County Decision, Nassau Lawyer, Vol. 62, No. 8 (April 2013)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., Local Law 1 and its Burden on Owners, Rent Stabilization Association Reporter, Vol. 31, Issue 3 (March 2012)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., Allergic or Idiosyncratic Reactions as a Defense, Nassau Lawyer, Vol. 57, No. 5 (January 2008)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., New York City’s New Lead Law, New York Law Journal (June 17, 2004)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., et al., The Insurability of Mold-Related Harm, New York Law Journal (February 24, 2003); Mealey’s Litigation Reports: Mold (March 2003)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., A Defense View on the Recent Court of Appeals Lead Paint Decision, Nw York Law Journal, Outside Counsel column, page 1 (February 6, 2002)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., et. al, Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones But Names May Not Be Actionable, Nassau Lawyer, Volume 53, No. 1 (September 2003)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., Trying the Lead Poisoning Case, For the Defense (May 1996); adapted from Trying The Lead Poisoning Case: The Defense Perspective, Mealey's Litigation Reports: Lead, Volume 5, #1 (April 3, 1996)

  • Kardisch, J.H., et al., FIFRA Preemption of State Law Claims in Light of Cipollone, Mealey's Litigation Reports (June 3, 1993)

  • Kardisch, Josh H., Remediator Liability Under New York's Navigation Law, New York Law Journal (p. 1) (June 2, 1992)

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