Salene Mazur Kraemer, Partner
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Communication is key to Bernstein-Burkley partner Salene Mazur Kraemer. In addition to providing general corporate counsel for mid-size to large companies on issues including tax modifications, financing, and real estate transactions, Salene enjoys providing transparency and insight into the world of business and law through two blogs she curates: In Plain English and Steel Valley Bankruptcy.



As a Board-Certified Business Bankruptcy specialist and a Certified Turnaround Analyst, Salene’s professional focus is in:

  • Restructuring
  • Creditors’ Rights
  • Bankruptcy


A native of Weirton, W. Va., and a current resident of Mt. Lebanon Township in Pittsburgh, Salene is licensed in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey and is an experienced Chapter 11 business bankruptcy practitioner having worked on complex, multimillion-dollar matters, in bankruptcy courts all over the country.

  • West Virginia University (B.A. Political Science, Philosophy, 1996)
  • West Virginia University (M.B.A., 1997)
  • Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (2000)

Affiliations and Memberships:

  • Board member for the American Board of Certification for Business Bankruptcy
  • Panelist for the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation and the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Mid-Atlantic and Southeast conferences
  • Former adjunct professor at Penn State University – New Kensington


Salene has been widely recognized for her expertise in business bankruptcy and creditors’ rights by:

  • West Virginia Super Lawyers magazine (Rising Star in the fields of Business Law and Bankruptcy)
  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers magazine (Super Lawyer in Bankruptcy Law)