Why Mediate with Retired Judge Derman?

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Because Harriet Derman, Esq. understands and considers the legal, business and human aspect of every dispute.

Retired Judge Derman Conducts in Person & Virtual Mediation Sessions

Retired Judge Harriet Derman was a judge for 11 years before she retired from the Bench.  Judge Derman served as the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division  and as Chancery Judge for three counties: Somerset; Hunterdon; and Warren.  A Chancery Judge in NJ presides over a Court of Equity, similar to Delaware’s Chancery Court. Judge Derman  was also the Probate Judge in Somerset County.

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Retired Judge Derman's Areas of Focus

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Professional Malpractice

Business Dissolution

Estates and Trusts

Will Contests (Undue Influence; Lack of Testamentary Capacity)

Family Planning and Succession

Fee Disputes

Fiduciary Duty

Finance and Foreclosure

Property Damage

Real Estate

Restrictive Covenants

Homeowner Association Disputes (Coop and Condo)

Contract: Formation, Interpretation, Breach

Directors and Officers (Errors and Omissions)

Discrimination: Age; Gender; Racial; Disability; Equal Pay

Harassment: Quid Pro Quo and Workplace

Common Law Fraud and Consumer Fraud

Construction Law

E-Discovery

Elder, Guardianships, Powers of Attorney

Employment: Independent Contractor v. Employee; Donning and Doffing; Retaliatory Discharge; Wrongful Termination; Whistleblower

Intellectual Property

Lender Liability

Mergers and Acquisitions

Partnership, Shareholder and Limited Liability Disputes

Shareholder Derivative Actions

Subrogation and Coverage and Time on the Risk

Injunctive and Temporary Restraining Orders

Trade Secrets

Unfair Competition

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Mediator

Mediation is a non-binding resolution process. A neutral person facilitates negations between parties so that their dispute can be resolved amicably without the need for judicial interference. The litigants select the mediator. It saves money and emotional distress  and, accelerating a resolution, brings finality and certainty.

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Arbitrator

Arbitration is a  binding resolution process. The parties only arbitrate if they have agreed in a writing to do so or if in the course of the dispute, they decide to do so. Arbitration can be less expensive and achieve a prompt result in the context of confidentiality.

The arbitrator can be one person or a panel with a Chair.

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Retired Judge

Retired Judge Derman served as the Presiding Judge of the Civil Division  and as Chancery Judge for three counties: Somerset; Hunterdon; and Warren.  A Chancery Judge in NJ presides over a Court of Equity, similar to Delaware’s Chancery Court. Judge Derman  was also the Probate Judge in Somerset County, and was a judge for 11 yrs before she retired from the Bench.

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Retired Judge Derman's background and experience is unique and diversified.

Harriet Derman, J.S. C., is a retired judge. She  is a member of the  prestigious  American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, as well as the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Retired Judge Derman has a  LLM  in Taxation from New York University. Indeed, as  an Assembly Woman, Judge Derman sponsored the S corporation   and limited liability company legislation.