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William A. Dreier

Of Counsel | New Jersey

Judge William A. Dreier practices in the areas of mediation and arbitration.

In his 25 years in the New Jersey State Judiciary, Judge Dreier was a presiding judge of the Appellate Division from 1994 through 1998. He served in the Appellate Division since 1983 and previously in the Chancery Division and the Law Division of the Superior Court since 1973. He has authored approximately 380 published legal opinions.

Judge Dreier is an authority on commercial litigation and ADR; he authored the state text on arbitration law, New Jersey Arbitration Handbook (2013-2017) published by the New Jersey Law Journal, as well as the nine editions of the state’s principal text on Chancery Practice from 1983 to 2014, and earlier texts on Secured Financing.

Also recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in the area of products liability, Judge Dreier’s book, New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Tort Law (Gann Law Books), has been published annually since 1995 as a successor to seven editions with supplements published by NJICLE since 1977. Judge Dreier also is the author of several books and over 50 law review and journal articles and has lectured in New Jersey and nationally on products liability, commercial law, and ADR in law school symposia, NJICLE programs, and as the coordinator of and lecturer in several ALI-ABA national products liability programs.

As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Dreier has been chosen as a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and is a member of New Jersey Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and the AAA National Panels of Mediators and Commercial, Complex Cases, Class Actions, and Wireless Telecommunications Arbitrators, and as an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and International Centre for Dispute Resolution® (ICDR) Arbitrator. He is a Certified Mediator for the U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey, a member of the International Mediation Institute, and accredited CEDR (UK).  He has been approved as an arbitrator in several class action arbitrations and numerous other complex national arbitrations.

Judge Dreier has also served as a court-appointed mediator in various complex litigations. He is a member (Emeritus) of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal, and the American Law Institute, and is a former Chair of the NJICLE Board of Trustees.

Judge Dreier was the recipient of a New Jersey Law Journal 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2008 Medal of Honor, the highest honor awarded to an attorney by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation.  He also received the 2010 ADR Practitioner of the Year award by the New Jersey State Bar, the 1983 Alfred C. Clapp NJICLE Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, and was the initial recipient of the William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability Law (named for him) by the New Jersey State Bar Association Product Liability Section (2009). He has been regularly included in the Alternative Dispute Resolution section of The Best Lawyers in America and New Jersey Super Lawyers. He was named the Best Lawyers Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” in in the Woodbridge New Jersey, Metro Area in 2018 and 2016 and is also listed in Who’s Who in America.

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Twenty-Eight Norris McLaughlin, P.A.Attorneys Recognized by New Jersey Super Lawyers 2014

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Judge Dreier Arbitration Calendar

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William A. Dreier Elected As Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators

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William A. Dreier Is Honored as ADR Practitioner of the Year

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William A. Dreier Is First Recipient of Annual Award To Be Named After Him

William A. Dreier Lectures On Advance Civil Mediation Skills

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New Jersey State Bar Foundation Recognizes Honorable William A. Dreier

William A. Dreier Will Speak At Advanced Mediation Clinic

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Articles

A FIRM EXPONENT OF ADR

VENTING, PROBABILITY ANALYSIS AND EXAMINING THE BLACK BOX: MORE TIPS FOR BREAKING DOWN IMPASSE AND SETTLING THE CASE

AVOIDING THE IMPASSE, CLOSING THE DEAL

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION: ACHIEVING THE PROMISE OF ARBITRATION

ACHIEVING THE PROMISE OF ARBITRATION

ROUNDTABLE: ARBITRATION – IS IT STILL A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO LITIGATION?

A MISSED OPPORTUNITY

THE ESSENTIALS IN A SUCCESSFUL APPELLATE PRACTICE

ADR TRENDS FOR 2008

STRATEGIES FOR SUCCESSFUL INTERACTION WITH ADR NEUTRALS

RECENT COURT RULINGS AFFECT PUNITIVE DAMAGES

CHARACTERISTICS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING 'THE RIGHT' ADR NEUTRALS

PUNITIVE DAMAGES RULES CHANGE

A SAFE HARBOR? FDA APPROVAL OF DRUG WARNINGS

RESOLVING DISPUTES WITH A FOCUS ON YOUR CLIENT'S BUSINESS NEEDS

DOES FDA APPROVAL PROVIDE SAFE HARBOR?

FDA REAFFIRMS ITS FIRM STAND ON PREEMPTION

EXPERTS IDENTIFY ADR TRENDS AND BEST PRACTICES

A SIMPLE END TO COMPLEX INSTRUMENTALITIES

EVIDENCE OF POST-ACCIDENT REPAIRS: ADMISSIBLE OR NOT?

THE GROWING POPULARITY OF ADR

WHEN DOES A PLAINTIFF NEED AN EXPERT?

FINDING THE MOST EFFICIENT FORUM FOR RESOLVING DISPUTES

MEDIATE, ARBITRATE – DON'T LITIGATE

RESOLVE YOUR DISPUTES OUT OF COURT

RECOVERY FOR "FEAR OF CANCER"

IS INCLUDING ARBITRATION CLAUSE IN PRODUCT WARRANTIES A LEGAL PRACTICE?

UNTYING THE LAIDLOW KNOT

A NEW LOOK AT THE WORKER

LOWERING THE BAR

DESIGN DEFECTS IN NEW JERSEY FOLLOWING THE 1997 RESTATEMENT (THIRD) OF TORTS: PRODUCTS LIABILITY

STATE-OF-THE-ART: WHOSE ART; WHAT WAS KNOWN; AND WHEN?

PRODUCTS LIABILITY AND RICO CLAIMS

WARRANTY: THE STEPCHILD OF PRODUCT LIABILITY

A QUESTION OF LIABILITY: WHO'S TO BLAME WHEN PRODUCTS DEVELOPED BY LICENSEES CAUSE UNFORESEEN…?

PUNITIVE DAMAGES

DRAWING THE LINE ON FORESEEABLE MISUSES

POST-SALE DUTIES TO WARN

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Publications

Books

  • New Jersey Arbitration Handbook, New Jersey Law Journal Books, 2013
  • New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Torts Law, Gann Law Books, 1995-present
  • Products Liability and Toxic Torts Law in New Jersey — A Practitioner’s Guide, NJICLE, 1976-1994
  • Chancery Practice in New Jersey, NJICLE, 8 editions to 2012
  • Secured Transactions Under the Revised Uniform Commercial Code, NJICLE
  • Secured Financing Under the Uniform Commercial Code

Law Review Articles

  • “Liability for Drug Advertising, Warnings and Fraud,” Rutgers L. Rev. (2006)
  • “Beyond Workers’ Compensation: Workplace Comparative Fault and Third-Party Claims,” 20 Ga. St. U.L. Rev. 459 (2004)
  • “Direct-to-Consumer Advertising Liability: An Empty Promise?,” 30 Seton Hall L. Rev. 806 (2000)
  • “Manufacturers Liability for Drugs and Medical Devices Under the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability,” 30 Seton Hall L. Rev. 258 (1999)
  • “The Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability and New Jersey Law – Not Quite Perfect Together,” 50 Rutgers L. Rev. 2059 (1998)
  • “Design Defects Under the Proposed Section 2(b) of the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Products Liability – A Judge’s View,” 30 U. Mich. J. of Law Reform 221 (1997)
  • “Reform of the Personal Injury Damages Delivery System,” 48 Rutgers L. Rev. 799 (1996)
  • “Injuries to Production Workers: Reform of the Workers’ Compensation Product Liability Interface,” 48 Rutgers L. Rev. 813 (1996)
  • “Analysis, 1987 Product Liability Act,” 41 Rutgers L. Rev. 1279 (1989)
  • “Identification of the Defendant Manufacturer in Generic Product Cases: Issues and Questions,” 17 Seton Hall L. Rev. 513 (1987)

Other Published Articles

  • “Jurisdictional Matters in Arbitration,” NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section, September 10, 2013
  • Managing Products Liability Risk for Manufacturers and Distributors,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, New Jersey, November 11, 2009
  • Annual Civil Mediation Training Course, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, New Jersey Law Center, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 2008 – Present
  • Annual Seminar of Municipal Excess Liability Fund, Monroe Township, New Jersey, November 24, 2008
  • “Advanced Mediation Techniques,” Mercer County Bar Association, Marriott Princeton Conference Center at Forrestal, Princeton, New Jersey, November 7, 2008
  • “Advanced Mediation Clinic,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, in cooperation with the NJSBA Dispute Resolution Section and the Justice Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court, New Brunswick, New Jersey, June 16, 2008
  • “Chancery Practice” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1982 – 2012
  • “A Case Study on Product Liability Litigation,” The Bar Foundation of Union County, Mountainside, New Jersey, April 10, 2008
  • Products Liability: From Intake Through Trial, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 3, 2007
  • “How to WIN in Mediation,” Mercer County Bar Association, November 29, 2006
  • Planning Chair or Co-Chair and Faculty Member, Annual ALI-ABA Advanced Products Liability Conference, 1984 – 2000
  • Products Liability, Annual Lecture, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1983-2009
  • Evidence Law and Control of the Courtroom for New Judges, Annual Lecture, New Jersey Judicial College, 1978 – 2008
  • Products Liability, Annual Lecture, New Jersey Judicial College, 1977 – 2008
  • 4th Annual Gaining Physician Access Conference, The Center for Business Intelligence, March 16-17, 2006
  • Product Liability: A Road Map to Mediation or Trial, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 11, 2006
  • Commercial Mediation Workshop, New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 28, 2006
  • Toxic Torts and Products Liability, New Jersey Law Journal, 2002
  • Products Liability A-Z, New Jersey Law Journal, 2000
  • Numerous other lectures from 1965 -1999

Judge William A. Dreier has earned the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® status. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


William A. Dreier was selected to the 2018 Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.


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William A. Dreier was selected to the 2019 Best Lawyers® list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

William A. Dreier was selected to the 2018 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of The Year list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

William A. Dreier was selected to the 2016 Best Lawyers® Lawyer of The Year list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey.

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, 2008 Medal of Honor, 2010 ADR Practitioner of the Year, 1983 Alfred C. Clapp NJICLE Award for Excellence in Continuing Legal Education, 2009 William A. Dreier Award for Excellence in Product Liability

 

 

 

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