U.S. Court of Appeals (Federal Circuit, Second Circuit, Third Circuit)
U.S. Supreme Court
Judge William A. Dreier, a member of the firm, supervises the litigation, mediation, and arbitration, and heads the Norris McLaughlin worldwide products liability practice.
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 alternative dispute resolution, having authored the eight editions of the state’s principal text on Chancery Practice from 1983 to 2012, earlier texts on Secured Financing, and the state text on arbitration law, New Jersey Arbitration Handbook (New Jersey Law Journal Books, 2013).
As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Dreier has been chosen as a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators; a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the New Jersey Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), 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, and a member of the International Mediation Institute, and accredited by CEDR (UK). He has been approved as an arbitrator in several class arbitrations and numerous substantial and complex national arbitration.
Judge Dreier has also served as a court-appointed master in various complex litigation. 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 past chair of the NJICLE Board of Trustees.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in the area of products liability, Judge Dreier is the author of several books and numerous law review and journal articles and has lectured in New Jersey and nationally on the subject in law school symposia, NJICLE programs, and as the coordinator of and lecturer in several ALI-ABA national products liability programs. His 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 was the recipient of the 2008 Medal of Honor, the highest honor awarded to an attorney by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation, and the 2010 ADR Practitioner of the Year award by the New Jersey State Bar, and was given 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 ofThe Best Lawyers in America and New Jersey Super Lawyers, including the most recent edition. He is also listed in Who’s Who in America.