Judge William A. Dreier, a Member of the firm, heads the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus ADR practice, in addition to supervising commercial litigation and 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 eight editions of the state’s principal text on Chancery Practice from 1983 to 2013, earlier texts on Secured Financing, and the state text on arbitration law, New Jersey Arbitration Handbook (2013) published within the New Jersey Law Journal.
As an arbitrator and mediator, Judge Dreier has been chosen as a member of the 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.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts in the area of products liability, 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. 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 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 2016 Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” in in the Woodbridge New Jersey, Metro Area, and is also listed in Who’s Who in America.