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Harriet Derman, J.S.C. (Ret)
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 in New Jersey.
Judge Derman was a judge for eleven 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 New Jersey presides over a Court of Equity, similar to Delaware’s Chancery Court. Judge Derman was also the Probate Judge in Somerset County.
Judge Derman’s mediation work has been focused on commercial issues: business and succession disputes; Will and Trust disputes, often for high asset families; and employment discrimination. Judge Derman has conducted private arbitrations, including a multi-million-dollar contract dispute, and American Arbitration Association assigned cases, also involving commercial and employment disputes.
Judge Derman has served as a Special Discovery and Fee Master for both federal and state courts. She has been appointed by courts to terminate Employee Benefit Plans and distribute the proceeds and to auction a disputed ambulatory care center.
Judge Derman is an approved New Jersey Federal District Court Mediator.
Judge Derman's areas of experience are listed below.
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