On December 31, 2009 Justice George Salerno retired as Justice of the New York Supreme Court, Bronx County where he has sat for more than seven years. With the intent to work as a mediator and arbitrator upon his retirement, Judge Salerno announced today that he has joined National Arbitration and Mediation, Inc. (NAM) exclusively as a full-time Hearing Officer. Judge Salerno will be available throughout the NY Metro area as of February 1, 2010.
Justice Salerno graduated from Brooklyn Law School, and while serving as a member of the armed forces, was admitted to the Bar in 1961. After having been selected by Justice Arnold Fein to be his Court Attorney, Justice Salerno was appointed Assistant Commissioner and General Counsel to the City Department of Transportation and Chairman of the New York State Board of Elections. He then returned to private practice as a senior litigation attorney and subsequent partner of Fisher, Fallon, Salerno, Betlesky & Kelly where he litigated tort and commercial cases for over 20 years. In 2000, he was elected to the Civil Court, and in 2003 was elevated to Justice of the Supreme Court, Bronx County.
With over four decades of litigation and judicial expertise, having presided over thousands of cases and with more than 700 written opinions during his distinguished career on the bench, Justice Salerno will be highly-effective in facilitating the resolution of complex matters. His broad experience includes complex commercial, personal injury, negligence, labor law, medical malpractice, insurance and legal malpractice matters.
President & CEO of NAM, Roy Israel was eager to discuss the latest addition to NAM’s Panel, having recruited four new highly accomplished Hearing Officers in the NY Metro Region in just the last two months. “Justice Salerno has a long and distinguished career in the legal profession and in public service. His background and experience will round out our NY Metro panel by offering our clients another excellent and very capable dispute resolution expert.”
NAM actively seeks and recruits the most experienced professionals from across the country so that they can offer their clients the best panel in the industry. Only those individuals with exceptional credentials and outstanding reputations, like Justice Salerno, will be considered. He joins a panel of 43 highly qualified and respected Neutrals, including 35 former Supreme Court and Appellate Court Judges in the New York Metro region.