Esther Salas Biography
Esther Salas is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. She was the first Latino federal magistrate judge in New Jersey and also the state’s first Latina U.S. District Court judge.
Esther Salas Age
She was born on December 29, 1968 in Monterey Park, California.
Esther Salas Ethnicity
Esther belongs to Hispanic ancestry.
Esther Salas Education
Salas has a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a law degree from Rutgers School of Law.
Esther Salas Parents
She is the daughter of Aurelia Valdivia and Carlos Salas. Her father is Jewish while her mother is Catholic. Her mother immigrated from Cuba while her father from Mexico in the late 1950s. Her parents however separated when she was five years old which Salas blames on domestic violence. Her father moved back to Mexico.
Esther Salas Husband
She is married to criminal defense attorney Mark A. Anderl. The couple met in 1992 when Mark was an assistant prosecutor in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Salas was a second-year law school intern.
Judge Esther Salas Son
Esther is a mother to a son known as Daniel Anderl Salas who was shot dead on July 19, 2020 at their home in North Brunswick at about 5 p.m. Some news outlet has reported that Daniel opened the door with his father right behind him. He was shot dead while his father got injured and is in critical condition. Salas was not hurt as she is alleged to have been in the basement.
The gunman is alleged to have won a FedEx uniform, it is not clear if he was a FedEx employee or someone posing to be an employee.
The FBI announced that they were investigating the case;
The FBI is investigating a shooting that occurred at the home of Judge Ester Salas in North Brunswick Township, New Jersey earlier this evening, July 19. We’re looking for one subject & ask that anyone who thinks they may have relevant information call us at 1-973-792-3001.
— FBI Newark (@FBINewark) July 20, 2020
Judge Esther Salas
Judge Esther is a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of New Jersey. She became the first Latina to hold the position after she was confirmed by the senate on June 14, 2011. She began her career in law serving as a law clerk to Eugene J. Codey Jr., of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
In 1995 she worked for Garces & Grabler, P.C., where she practiced criminal matters in superior and municipal courts until 1997.
In 1997 to 2006 she served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender for the District of New Jersey, representing indigent defendants in federal matters. Salas served as president of both the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey and the Hispanic Bar Foundation of New Jersey. She has also been a member of the Governor’s Hispanic Advisory Committee for Policy Development, the Supreme Court Committee on Minority Concerns, and the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Courts.
In 2006 she was appointed as the s U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey, becoming the first Latina in that position where she served for five years.
On December 1, 2010 she was nominated by President Barack Obama as U.S. District Court judge to the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Esther Salas Chambers
Salas’ chambers are located in the Martin Luther King Courthouse on Walnut Street in Newark, New Jersey.
Esther Salas Deutsche Bank – Judge Esther Salas Epstein
On July 16, 2020 Salas was assigned to handle a class action lawsuit brought against Deutsche Bank by Ali Karimi on behalf of investors who purchased securities from the bank between November 7, 2017, and July 6, 2020. The complaint alleges that the bank “failed to properly monitor customers that the Bank itself deemed to be high risk, including, among others, the convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein,” federal court records show.
She has also presided over several l high-profiles cases, including the financial fraud case of Real Housewives of New Jersey stars Teresa and Joe Giudice.
She also handled the 2018 sentencing of Farad Roland, who was found guilty of federal racketeering charges and sentenced to 45 years in prison by Salas. Roland was the leader of the South Side Cartel