Marvin Salenger: A Life of Love, Law, and Legacy

1937-2024 (4/24/37-3/28/2024)

Marvin Salenger, cherished husband, devoted father, beloved uncle, and loyal friend, peacefully passed away on March 28, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of love and legal brilliance that will forever be remembered.

Born on April 24, 1937, Marvin's journey began in the vibrant neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn. Despite humble beginnings, his determination and resilience guided him through Brooklyn College, where he pursued his education while working as a dedicated schoolteacher for four years. It was during this time that he found unwavering support and encouragement from his beloved wife, Sydelle, whose faith in him propelled him towards his true calling.

Becoming a lawyer wasn't just a career choice for Marvin; it was his passion and his purpose. It’s what he was born to do. He thrived on fighting for the underdog with unwavering dedication and natural ability. With Sydelle's steadfast belief in him, Marvin pursued his legal education at Brooklyn Law School, attending night classes while balancing his responsibilities as a husband and father.

As a trial attorney, Marvin's impact was nothing short of legendary. His courtroom performances were a testament to his rare blend of intelligence, humor, compassion, and empathy, captivating audiences and leaving an indelible mark on the legal landscape of New York. Alongside his dear friend and colleague, Bob Sack, Marvin co-founded a firm that would become synonymous with excellence in personal injury and medical malpractice law, nurturing their vision into one of New York's premier trial firms.

Yet amidst his professional successes, Marvin remained grounded in his love for his family. Sydelle's support and his son Peter's presence in his life brought him immeasurable joy and fulfillment. He cherished every moment spent with them, recognizing the profound impact they had on shaping his capacity to love and to give.

Marvin's generosity extended far beyond his immediate family, encompassing his extended family and friends with boundless warmth and kindness. His legacy as a trial lawyer and family man will continue to inspire future generations, serving as a beacon of integrity, compassion, and humor in the pursuit of justice and in the embrace of loved ones.

In honoring Marvin's memory, we celebrate not only his legal brilliance but also his profound humanity, his unwavering love for his family, and his enduring impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him. Marvin Salenger was, and will always be, irreplaceable—a true giant among trial lawyers, a devoted family man, and a source of inspiration for us all.

He is survived by his loving wife, Sydelle, his son Peter, daughter-in-law Kristin, and a host of family and friends whose lives were forever touched by his presence.