President’s MessageBergen Bar

Gerald R. Salerno, Esq.
115th President, Bergen County Bar Association

Gerald R. Salerno, Esq. was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 10, 1960. He graduated from Seton Hall University (B.A., magna cum laude) in 1982. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University in 1985. He served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles R. DiGisi, Bergen County Criminal Assignment Judge from 1985 to 1986. He was admitted to the bar of the State of New Jersey in 1985, and thereafter to the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. He is a partner with the Law Firm of Aronsohn, Weiner & Salerno, P.C., where he has practiced for over 27 years. His practice primarily focuses in the areas of Complex Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Transactions and Zoning and Land Use. He has been selected by his peers as a New Jersey Super Lawyer in the area of Civil Litigation. This distinction based upon ethics, experience and reputation is bestowed upon the top 5% of attorneys in the State. He was also awarded the Bergen County Legal Services Pro Bono Award for his representation of an indigent defendant in a Constitutional Challenge to Megan’s Law. He has been appointed by the New Jersey Supreme Court to the Committee on Character, and has served as Prosecutor for the Boroughs of Wood-Ridge and Oradell. He has served as the Public Defender for the Borough of Montvale since 1989 and served as the Zoning Board of Adjustment Attorney for the Borough of Upper Saddle River for over 10 years. He presently serves as the special redevelopment counsel to the Borough of Wood-Ridge, and he has represented the Borough of Lodi as Special Planning Board Counsel in complex zoning and redevelopment matters. He has served as a Trustee of the Bergen County Bar Association for the past several years, and he is currently the President. He has also served as the Co-Chair of the Municipal Court Practice Committee and is a member of the New Jersey State and American Bar Associations. During his legal career, Mr. Salerno has litigated hundreds of cases and participated in several reported decisions.