Paul Salvatore is an immediate past member of Proskauer’s Executive Committee and former co-chair of its global Labor & Employment Law Department, named by The American Lawyer as one of the top U.S. practices and recipient of the Chambers USA Award for Excellence. He is widely recognized as a leading U.S. labor and employment lawyer in such publications as Chambers (Band 1), US Legal 500 (Leading Lawyer) and Super Lawyers. In 2010, The National Law Journal selected Paul as one of "The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers" – one of only three in the labor and employment law field. He is a member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.
Paul negotiates major collective bargaining agreements in several industries, including real estate and construction. He represented The Related Group in the negotiation, with 18 New York City construction unions, of a landmark project labor agreement (PLA) for Hudson Yards on Manhattan’s West Side, the largest private real estate development in U.S. history.
He also tries arbitrations and litigations arising from labor-management relationships. Paul argued and won before the U.S. Supreme Court 14 Penn Plaza LLC v. Pyett. In a 5-4 decision of importance to employers, the Court held a collective bargaining agreement that explicitly requires unionized employees to arbitrate employment discrimination claims is enforceable, modifying 35 years of labor law.
Paul handles all types of employment litigation, arbitration and mediation. He provides advice and guidance to clients, counseling employers on how to avoid litigation through proactive human resources policies and alternative dispute resolution.
Paul counsels business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. An active speaker and writer on labor and employment law issues, he serves as the longtime legal columnist for Human Resource Executive Magazine.
An honors graduate of Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) and the Cornell Law School, Paul serves on Cornell’s Board of Trustees and its Executive Committee. Among other Trustee roles, he is Co-Chair of the Committee on Development and serves on the Cornell NYC Tech Task Force. Paul is a member of the Law School Dean’s Advisory Council and previously was Chair of the ILR Dean's Advisory Council and President of ILR's Alumni Association.