I often meet very intelligent, entrepreneurial, and successful people who are encountering a difficult period in their lives by having to deal with the litigation process. Whether the client is a Fortune 50 company or a sole proprietorship, effective maneuvering through the litigation process invariably requires a significant measure of personal counseling and guidance. Whether it’s taking the time for a call or email on an evening or weekend, this personal connection is a critical part of the attorney-client relationship, and makes a real difference. 

Mr. Salvagno concentrates his practice in business litigation, real estate litigation, chancery practice, and appellate practice in the federal and state courts and in arbitrations. He has handled a broad range of litigated matters on behalf of corporate, partnership, and individual clients, including breach of contract cases, corporate and partnership disputes, business torts, contested trust and estate matters, and professional liability matters. 

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • Listed in Super Lawyers - Rising Stars Edition in the Business Litigation practice area (2010 – 2012)

Representative Matters

  • Played an important role in the firm’s successful representation of film and Broadway producer Marty Richards, establishing at the trial court, Appellate Division, and the Supreme Court of New Jersey, that Mr. Richards, as a surviving spouse of Mary Lea Johnson Richards, one of J. Seward Johnson Sr.'s children listed in a 1961 Charitable Lead Trust, was a beneficiary of the Trust entitled to distributions from the Trustees of the Trust. The Trust had a value at the time of the trial of approximately $300 to $350 million. The Supreme Court decision in this case can be viewed here.
  • Counseled a physician who was co-founder, President, CEO, and 50 percent shareholder of a prominent emergency physician group in litigation against the physician who was the other 50 percent shareholder of the group, in which the relief sought included a preliminary and permanent injunction, remedies under the Oppressed Shareholder Statute, and damages for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of duty of loyalty, and mismanagement.
  • Successfully represented the owner of 25 percent interests in several related small businesses in a lawsuit against the principal owners of the businesses, alleging, among other causes of action, violations of the Oppressed Shareholder Statute.
  • Successfully represented an accounting firm against a former employee accountant, in a suit alleging breach of the duty of loyalty, unfair competition, theft of confidential information, and violations of the New Jersey Computer-Related Offenses Act.
  • Counseled three business entities and four of the five family members who were principals of those entities through an eight-year dispute that involved litigation, mediation, and arbitration against a fifth family member. The matter included claims for partition by sale of the family properties, breach of fiduciary duty, mismanagement, and other claims in connection with the business entities and properties.
  • Represented one of the nation's largest providers of personal training services in litigation brought by an owner of a gym facility, alleging various business torts.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a registered home improvement contractor of an action involving Consumer Fraud Act claims.
  • Played an important role in the firm’s successful defense of a Top 25 accounting firm against claims of professional malpractice. The Superior Court of New Jersey Appellate Division decision can be viewed here.

Uniquely NJ

  • Member, Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Member, Middlesex County Bar Association
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More Activities & Experience

  • While attending law school, served as Articles Editor of the Seton Hall Legislative Journal

Presentations & Speaking Engagements

Publications & Alerts

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Departments

Education

Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 1998

Rutgers University, Rutgers College, B.A. with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, 1995 

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 2003

Clerkships

  • Former principal law clerk to The Honorable Edward W. Beglin, Jr., Assignment and Presiding (Civil) Judge of the New Jersey Superior Court (1998 – 1999)

Olivier Salvagno Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent 2014