Hon. Saliann Scarpulla*


Justice Saliann Scarpulla is an Associate Justice of the Appellate Division, First Judicial Department. She was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 2012 and served in the New York County Commercial Division from February 2014 until Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed her to the Appellate Division in July 2020. In 2019, she was appointed to handle all international commercial arbitration matters for the New York State Supreme Court.

Justice Scarpulla is a graduate of Boston University and Brooklyn Law School, cum laude. After law school, Justice Scarpulla became Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Alvin F. Klein. In 1987, she joined Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn as a litigation associate. In 1993, Justice Scarpulla moved to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation as Senior Counsel in the New York Legal Services Office. In 1997, she became Senior Vice President and Bank Counsel to Hudson United Bank. Justice Scarpulla returned to the New York State court system in 1999, as Principal Court Attorney to the Hon. Eileen Bransten. She was elected to the Civil Court in 2001 and was appointed an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court in 2009.

In 2017 Justice Scarpulla was honored as one of Three Wise Women by the National Association of Italian American Women and was awarded the Louis J. Capozzoli Gavel Award by the New York County Lawyers Association. She is a contributing author to the Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts treatise, has authored several articles on commercial litigation and is a frequent lecturer for the New York City Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association, the Practicing Law Institute, and the New York State Judicial Institute. Justice Scarpulla is active in several New York City and statewide bar associations.