Acting in the interests of major public and privately-held entities, not-for-profits, investment banks, hedge funds, private equity firms, officers, directors, wealthy investors and family offices, Marlen Kruzhkov provides sophisticated advice in a broad spectrum of commercial litigation matters.  Such matters include disputes related to mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, financing transactions, venture capital and private equity investments, restructurings, real estate, fraud, and employee relations.

With a strong client base domestically and abroad, Marlen has extensive experience counseling corporate and high net-worth clients with respect to complex litigation and transactional matters throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Fluent in Russian, Marlen is one of the foremost attorneys in the United States advising Russian-speaking clients regarding their international legal needs and counts among his clientele numerous entities and high net-worth individuals in Russia, the Ukraine and other countries in the former Soviet Union.

Marlen’s active caseload includes representing an ultra-high net-worth individual from the Republic of Georgia in federal and state court litigation throughout the United States; representing a major not-for-profit organization in connection with alleged misconduct by members of its Board of Directors; representing a major financial institution in an arbitration against a large credit union; and various complex corporate transactions relating to the hospitality and media sectors.

Prior to forming Kruzhkov Russo, Marlen practiced at prominent international law firms, including Latham & Watkins and Schulte, Roth & Zabel, where he acted on corporate matters for a range of blue-chip clients, including DIRECTV, Nintendo and Fortune 500 healthcare companies.

An active leader in the community, Marlen is a former Co-Chairman of the Russian Leadership Division of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA); a member of the Board of Directors of the Russian American Jewish Experience (RAJE); and President, Founder, Board member and former Chairman of the Russian Speaking Business Attorneys Network (RUSBAN). Marlen is the first Russian speaking judge appointed to the Special Court of the American Zionist Movement.

Marlen received his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University and his law degree from Northwestern University School of Law. Marlen is admitted to practice in the States of New York and New Jersey, before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the District of New Jersey and the United States Supreme Court. Marlen is a member of the New York Bar and the New Jersey Bar.



  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, 1998
  • B.A., Boston University, Economics, 1995 magna cum laude

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Represented Seller of a water bottling plant valued at $13.4 million.
  • Represented second largest laundromat operator in the tri-state area in its purchase of the third largest laundromat operator, total acquisition value equal to $13 million.
  • Represented seller of telecommunications company valued at $17.6 million.
  • Represented purchaser and eventual seller of a controlling interest in a fund of funds with approximately $2 billion in managed assets.
  • Represented client in a merger between two of the largest specialty glass manufacturing companies in the U.S., total value of transaction equal to $5.5 million.
  • Represented client in the formation of a joint venture between an American technology company and various Russian investors, total value of investments equal to $42 million.
  • Represented purchaser and eventual seller of a private entity in the electronic merchant account industry valued at $9 million.
  • Lead U.S. counsel for the following restaurant Groups: a) Café Pushkin; b) Taras Bulba; and c) Buddha Bar.
  • Negotiated import and distribution agreements for seller of diamonds valued at $20 million.
  • Lead counsel for largest importer and distributor of ethnic foods in the U.S., with a special focus on Russia and Ukraine.
  • Represented purchaser of residential apartment building with over 50 residential units, valued at $17.8 million.
  • Represented on multiple occasions both sellers and purchasers of various private medical practices each valued at $5 million.
  • Represented seller of magazine valued at $12.2 million.
  • Represented Russian clients in the purchase of various magazines each valued between $3-17 million.
  • Represented Client in purchase of Latvian mineral deposits valued at $25 million.
  • Represented client in purchase of Mongolian mines valued at $180 million.
  • Lead counsel for ninth largest public relations company in the U.S.
  • Former lead counsel for one of the top 10 largest entities in the U.S. in the medical blood testing industry.
  • Lead counsel for Russian investor group investing in numerous real estate and hotel projects in the U.S. with emphasis on the New York City area.
  • Represented seller of multiple car washes, total value of transactions equal to $4.6 million.
  • Negotiated auction agreement for largest private collection of Russian Orthodox icons in the world valued at $85 million.
  • Represented Purchaser of mineral refining plant in Ukraine valued at $128 million.
  • Representing an ultra-high net-worth individual in the Republic of Georgia in federal and state court litigation throughout the United States.
  • Representing a major not-for-profit organization in connection with alleged misconduct by members of its Board of Directors.
  • Representing a major financial institution in an arbitration against a large credit union.
  • Represented a Russian Fund in connection with a litigation relating to its real estate investments in New York City.
  • Represented a substantial Hedge Fund in its dispute with a Mexican counterparty in connection with an asset sale.

Marlen Kruzhkov first Russian-speaking judge appointed to Zionist Court of the US. Click here for more information.

Kruzhkov Russo brings extensive experience, a tenacious approach, and strategic thinking to advance your goals.