Why Mediate with Retired Judge Derman?
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.
Retired Judge Derman's Areas of Focus
Estates and Trusts
Will Contests (Undue Influence; Lack of Testamentary Capacity)
Family Planning and Succession
Finance and Foreclosure
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
Elder, Guardianships, Powers of Attorney
Employment: Independent Contractor v. Employee; Donning and Doffing; Retaliatory Discharge; Wrongful Termination; Whistleblower
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
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.
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.
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.
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.