“A View from the Bench"

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Crowne Plaza, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains
Speaker: Hon. Brandon R. Sall
Surrogate, Westchester County


Questions?  Call Diane at 914-664-6193


“A View from the Bench.
Discussion and Q & A with Hon. Brandon R. Sall.
Moderated by Joe Samulski.



 Surrogate, Westchester County

Surrogate Sall graduated from the University of Miami in 1982, and thereafter from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1985.  From October 2014 until he became Surrogate in June 2015, Judge Sall was formerly the managing member of the White Plains law firm of Sall, Geist, Schwarz & Jellinek, PLLC.  Prior to that, Judge Sall was a partner in Sall & Geist from 2012 to 2014.  Prior to the formation of Sall & Geist in January 2012, Judge Sall was a partner in Schuman & Sall from 1992 to 2002 and of counsel to the Yonkers law firm of Rabin, Panero,and Schuman from November 1988 to July 1992.  Additionally, until June 2015 Judge Sall was a partner in the White Plains law firm, Gellert & Rodner, which specializes in tax certiorari matters.

Judge Sall specialized in trusts and estates and real estate law and had a significant transactional and litigation practice. In 2002, Judge Sall became general counsel to the Westchester County Public Administrator and served until June 2015.

In May of 2015, Judge Sall was appointed as Surrogate of Westchester County by the Hon. Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York and was elected as Surrogate of Westchester County in November 2015.

Judge Sall is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Westchester County Bar Association as well as the Trusts and Estates sections of the New York State Bar Association and Westchester County Bar Association


Joseph M. Samulski
Managing Director, Chief Fiduciary Officer

Joseph Samulski is the Chief Fiduciary Officer for BNY Mellon Wealth Management. In this role he is responsible for the  oversight of fiduciary governance and risk for BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and is the chair of its National Trust Administrative Committee.

Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Joseph practiced trusts and estates law in New York City for 15 years and served as the Chief of the Law Department at the New York County Surrogate’s Court for 5 years.

Joseph received his B.A. from the George Washington University and his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is a member of various national and state professional organizations, and is a frequent lecturer at wealth management and continuing legal education seminars sponsored by various financial industry organizations, national and state bar associations, governmental agencies and not-for-profit institutions. He serves as a director of the BNY Mellon Foundation, the George Link, Jr. Foundation and Howard Gilman Foundation.  

This meeting is sponsored in part by . . .




(1) CE credit for Certified Financial Planners.

Tilapia francaise   
Sautéed Boneless Breast of Chicken with Wild Mushroom Demi Glaze

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