Former NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division Justice Salvatore R. Martoche, Class of '69, Joins Hodgson Russ

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Martoche to Lead Newly Formalized National Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice

BUFFALO, NY —Hodgson Russ announces former New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division Justice Salvatore R. Martoche is joining the law firm's Buffalo office effective September 3.

Daniel C. Oliverio, chair of Hodgson Russ, said, "Our clients and all of us at Hodgson Russ are very fortunate to have a newly retired judge of Sal's caliber and wide-ranging, unique experience join our firm. Sal's illustrious background, including his work on both criminal and regulatory federal investigations, his extensive experience with complex cases involving the banking and financial services industries, and his national-level mediation and arbitration experience, will prove invaluable for certain clients and will be an extraordinary addition to our full-service law firm."

With the addition of Judge Martoche, the firm will formally launch its national Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group. Judge Martoche, who has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution at the federal, state, and local levels in addition to his 13 years on the Supreme Court bench, will lead the group. In addition, he will be a member of the Business Litigation Practice Group, the Business Crimes, Regulatory Offenses & Corporate Investigations Practice Group, and the Banking Practice Group.

As an assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Treasury under Presidents Reagan and Bush from 1988 to 1990, Martoche oversaw all law enforcement operations in the Treasury Department. Prior to that, he served as an assistant secretary of the U.S. Labor Department under President Reagan. While in federal service, Judge Martoche was a key official involved in correcting the country's savings and loan scandals of the 1980s.

Earlier in his career, Judge Martoche was U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, and he served as one of the six commissioners of the New York State Commission of Investigation, which investigated allegations of organized crime and public corruption statewide. Judge Martoche also served as a Buffalo public defender and was in private practice for more than 20 years.

Judge Martoche is widely credited with significant reforms in the Federal Witness Protection Program, and one of his many high-profile cases served as the basis for the James Caan movie "Hide in Plain Sight."

Judge Martoche is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor; Alexander Hamilton Award, the highest distinction given by the secretary of Treasury; Buffalo News, Citizen of the Year; and Canisius College, LaSalle Medal and Distinguished Alumni Award.

Hodgson Russ attorneys facilitate the U.S. legal aspects of transactions around the world. We practice in every major area of law and generally use multidisciplinary work teams to serve the specific, often complex, needs of our clients, which include public and privately held businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit institutions, and individuals. Hodgson Russ has offices in Albany, Buffalo, New York City, and Saratoga Springs, New York; Toronto, Ontario; and Palm Beach, Florida.