Peter C. Salerno

Peter Salerno

Peter C. Salerno



Practice Areas:

Commercial Litigation

Complex Tort Litigation

Appellate Litigation

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Mediation and Arbitration

Regulatory Issues

Broker-Dealer Issues

Bar Admissions:

New York

United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States


J.D., Columbia Law School, 1971

Notes and Comments Editor, Columbia Law Review

B.A., Harvard College, cum laude, 1968

Past Employment Positions:

Self-employed attorney, mediator, and arbitrator, 2003-2013

Part time general counsel and chief compliance officer of family office hedge fund, 2006-2013

Consultant, Prudential Equity Group, 2004-2005

Chief, Litigation Group, Kidder, Peabody & Co. Incorporated, 1988-2003

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York, 1974-1988

Associate, firm now known as Kramer Levin, 1972-1974

Law Clerk to Hon. Paul R. Hays, U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1971-1972

Peter Salerno has experience as a civil trial and appellate litigator, in-house manager and counselor, mediator, and arbitrator.  His practice is concentrated in commercial, employment, and tort-related civil litigation and alternative dispute resolution.  He is a member of the arbitrator and mediator panels of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the mediator panels of the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mr. Salerno began his career as a law clerk for the Hon. Paul R. Hays, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. After a brief stint in a law firm, he joined the U .S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, where he held executive positions in the Civil Division including Deputy Chief of the Division and Chief Appellate Attorney.  As an Assistant U.S Attorney Mr. Salerno defended and prosecuted actions on behalf of the United States and its agencies in a broad range of subject areas, including torts, tax, environmental law, government regulation, civil rights, and employment. He was also chosen to represent the government in several large, complex cases. He then joined the legal department of Kidder, Peabody & Co. as chief of the litigation group, and was in charge of relationships with outside counsel in litigation matters. At Kidder Peabody Mr. Salerno represented the firm in broker-customer, investment banking, employment, and regulatory matters, and in a major antitrust litigation and regulatory investigation. He has since been in private practice; a consultant for Prudential Equity Group on broker-dealer regulatory matters; and the part-time general counsel and chief compliance officer of a small family-office hedge fund. He and Amy Rothstein formed Salerno & Rothstein in January 2014.

Mr. Salerno’s long experience as a litigator and in-house attorney makes him both an effective advocate and a knowledgeable, understanding mediator and arbitrator. His clients and parties for whom he has mediated respect his wisdom, judgment, thoroughness, and energy.