William A. Dreier to Speak About Hot Topics in Chancery Trial Practice

Posted on April 30th, 2008

William A. Dreier, a member of the Somerville law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., will act as Moderator at a seminar entitled Hot Topics in Chancery Trial Practice: 2008. The seminar, sponsored by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education in cooperation with the NJSBA Equity Jurisprudence Committee, will be held on May 5, 2008 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the Sheraton at Woodbridge Place in Iselin, New Jersey.

Judge Dreier, co-author of the 2008 edition of Guidebook to Chancery Practice in New Jersey, will also participate on a panel of Chancery Judges who will provide detailed explanations of the steps needed to seek equitable relief on behalf of clients, the types of cases heard in the Chancery Division, and offer practice tips on how to effectively represent clients.

For more information or to register for this event, contact the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education at

A resident of Warren, Dreier heads the Norris McLaughlin, P.A. worldwide products liability practice, in addition to supervising commercial litigation and mediation & arbitration. He frequently lectures, mediates and arbitrates substantial Chancery and other disputes.

As an arbitrator and mediator, Dreier has been chosen as a member of the New Jersey Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, and the American Arbitration Association’s National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, its class action and complex case panels and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is also a member of the Marie L. Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and a founding member of The Resolution Group (TRG). He regularly lectures on Alternative Dispute Resolution.

In addition, Dreier is an Emeritus member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal, and the American Law Institute for which he is an advisor or consultative group member for the various areas of the Restatement (Third) of Torts and is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He is an authority on commercial litigation, having authored the state’s principal text on Chancery Practice as well as earlier texts on Secured Financing.

Dreier has published numerous articles on ADR, products liability and other subjects, in addition to 380 published judicial opinions. His ADR articles include: “Finding the Most Efficient Forum for Resolving Disputes in Today’s Corporate World,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; “Mediate, Arbitrate – Don’t Litigate,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; “Resolve Your Disputes Out of Court,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel; and “The Growing Popularity of ADR,” The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.

He frequently lectures throughout New Jersey and nationally on the subject of products liability, on which his book, New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Tort Law (Gann Law Books), is based. He is Planning Chair and Faculty Member of the annual Advanced National Products Liability Course for the ALI-ABA, a lecturer for ICLE’s annual products liability update and Chancery Practice courses, and has been a lecturer in symposia at five national law schools.

Dreier received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1961 and his B.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. Before joining Norris McLaughlin, he was a trial judge in the New Jersey Superior Court from 1973 to 1983, served in the Appellate Division from 1983 to 1994, and was a Presiding Judge from 1994 to 1998.

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