Tracey Salmon-Smith


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Tracey  Salmon-Smith
Tracey  Salmon-Smith

  • Villanova University School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1987
Bar Admissions
  • Connecticut, 1990
  • New York, 1991
  • New Jersey, 1991
  • District of Columbia, 1993
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut, 2013
Professional Affiliations
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
    - Council, 2014-present
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
    - In-House/Outside Litigation Counsel Group, 2014-present
    - Labor and Employment Law Committee, 2011-2014
  • Association of Black Women Attorneys (ABWA)
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC)
  • Dartmouth College Alumni Association
    - President, Class of 1987
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association (DLA)
    - Board Member
  • Federal Bar Council
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
    - Deputy Director for Region II
  • National Employment Law Council
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Compliance and Legal Society - Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
  • Villanova Law Alumni Association
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Super Lawyers 2017
ABF Fellow
Super Lawyers

“It’s always rewarding to represent clients in matters that could significantly impact their businesses.  The goal is to find the most strategic way to overcome the challenge at hand.”

Tracey Salmon-Smith is an experienced trial lawyer with a background in both the private and public sectors.  At Bressler, Tracey has established a diverse litigation practice that involves representing companies in matters involving commercial disputes, employment litigation, premises liability and securities law.  Tracey has extensive experience conducting internal investigations.  She also advises on e-discovery and information management issues. Tracey brings an ability to see the big picture, as well as the skill to focus on the details, developed during her tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (EDNY).

In her employment practice, Tracey has extensive experience defending corporate clients in age, race and gender discrimination, workplace sexual harassment, whistle-blower and wrongful discharge claims. In the area of securities law, she defends brokerage firms and their brokers in arbitration matters before FINRA against allegations including fraud, misrepresentation and unsuitability. In the premises liability area, Tracey defends clients against premises liability claims for injuries sustained on private property.  Her extensive experience includes pre-suit investigation and negotiations through resolution including trial.

Tracey is also a member of Bressler's Senior Issues: Counseling and Litigation Defense group. The lawyers in this group have a shared interest in providing counsel to corporate clients who confront issues affecting seniors.

Tracey joined Bressler from UBS Financial Services Inc, where she was Director and Associate General Counsel in the Sales Practice Litigation Area. She also was appointed to be a member of the UBS E-Discovery Working Group. While in the EDNY, she also served as Acting Chief of Environmental Litigation and Chief of Bankruptcy.  Tracey also worked in private practice.

Tracey recently received a prestigious appointment to the governing body of the ABA Litigation Section. She has been actively involved in the Litigation Section for the past several years serving in various leadership positions.  She has chaired several ABA Litigation Section meetings, as well as moderated or spoken on panels.  In 2015, the ABA President appointed Tracey to the Board of Governors Subcommittee on Investments.

Tracey is Chair of Bressler's Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She also volunteers her time to mentor young people and junior lawyers.

  • Represented major retailer in FLSA collective action in the Eastern District of New York
  • Successfully represented a gaming company in a gender discrimination suit. After a jury trial in the Southern District of New York, the matter was favorably settled
  • Successfully obtained expungement of arbitration matter from the CRDs of all four member of a broker team in matter involving allegations of unsuitable recommendations
  • Defended financial securities firm in arbitration matters involving structured products
  • Successfully defended broker/dealer in FINRA arbitration where claimant alleged unsuitability and failure to follow instruction, and subsequently obtained expungement for both respondent financial advisors
  • Successfully defended broker/dealer in FINRA arbitration where claimant alleged unsuitable recommendation for variable annuity and improper switching of mutual funds
  • Successfully represented financial services firm in regulatory investigations

Tracey’s published decisions include:

  • Shieldkret v. Park Place Entertainment, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1032 (Partial summary judgment granted on Equal Pay Act  and fraud claims in SDNY)
  • Francis v. Runyon, 928 F. Supp. 195 (1996) (Plaintiff alleged unlawful termination and discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin and physical handicap. After bench trial in EDNY all claims dismissed)
  • Recognized in New York Metro Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
  • Recipient of the Dartmouth Alumni Award, 2014
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recognized on The Network Journal’s “Top 40 Under 40” List, 2003 
  • Recipient of the Dartmouth Young Alumni Award, 2002