Justice Saliann 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. After her clerkship concluded in 1987, Justice Scarpulla joined Proskauer Rose Goetz & Mendelsohn as a litigation associate.
In 1993, Justice Scarpulla moved to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, representing the FIDC as receiver for failed banks as Senior Counsel in the New York Legal Services Office. In 1997, Justice Scarpulla became Senior Vice President and Bank Counsel to Hudson United Bank, where she was responsible for all litigation involving the bank and oversaw the banks’ compliance with state and federal banking regulations.
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.
Justice Scarpulla was elected to the Supreme Court in 2012 and was assigned to an IAS part with an emphasis on complex asbestos litigation. In February 2014, Justice Scarpulla was assigned to the Supreme Court, New York County Commercial Division.
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 and has authored several articles on commercial litigation published in the New York Law Journal. Justice Scarpulla is a frequent lecturer for the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 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. She is also a Board member and next president of Judges and Lawyers Breast Cancer Alert (JALBCA).