Mr. Salerno received his undergraduate degree from Seton Hall University (B.A., magna cum laude) in 1982. He obtained his law degree from Georgetown University (J.D.) in 1985. He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles R. DiGisi, Bergen County Superior Court, from 1985 to 1986.
Mr. Salerno is a partner with the firm. He has been selected by his peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyer* in the area of Civil Litigation, which is issued by Thompson Reuters. This distinction based upon ethics, experience and reputation is bestowed upon the top 5% of attorneys in the State. A description of the selection methodology can be found by clicking here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. Mr. Salerno has also been named as a Best Lawyer in America*, a publication issued by Woodward/White, Inc. A description of the selection methodology can be found by clicking here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey. He was also awarded the Bergen County Legal Services Pro Bono Award.
Mr. Salerno presently serves as the Bergen County representative to the State Bar Association’s Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments committee. The New Jersey Supreme Court appointed Mr. Salerno to the Committee on Character where he has served since 2008. He presently serves as the East Rutherford Borough Attorney and the Wood-Ridge Land Use Board Attorney. He has served as Prosecutor for the Borough of Wood-Ridge and Oradell. He has been the acting Public Defender for the Pascack Joint Municipal Court since 1989 and served as the Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney for the Borough of Upper Saddle River from 2000 – 2011. In addition, he has represented the Borough of Lodi as Special Planning Board Counsel in complex zoning and redevelopment matters.
Mr. Salerno is a past President of the Bergen County Bar Association. He also served as a Co-Chairman, Municipal Court Practice Committee, New Jersey State and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey, and the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association.
E.B. v. Poritz, 914 F. Supp. 85 (D.N.J. 1996); E.B. v. Verniero, 119 F.2d.1077 (3rd Cir., 1997); In the Matter of the Adoption of a Child by P.S. and J.S., 315 N.J. Super. 91 (App. Div. 1998); State v. Doriguzzi 334 N.J. Super. 530 (App. Div. 2000); Torres v. Travelers Indemnity Corp. 171 N.J. 147 (2002).
Mr. Salerno focuses his practice in the areas of Complex Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Zoning, Land Use, Redevelopment, Municipal Law, Commercial Transactions and Criminal Law. He has successfully handled several complex commercial matters resulting in significant jury verdicts.