Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. is pleased and honored to announce that member Judge William A. Dreier has been awarded the prestigious 2008 Medal of Honor by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) for his professional excellence as demonstrated by his accomplishments in the law and service to the profession and community throughout his career.
"The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is proud to bestow its highest honor on Judge Dreier for his distinguished career and his commitment to the organized bar," said NJSBF President Mary Ellen Tully. "With his 380 judicial opinions and the time he now spends lecturing to law schools around the country since retiring from the bench, to his continued commitment to the Bar as Chair of New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), he epitomizes the qualities that a Medal of Honor recipient should have."
The NJSBF is the charitable and educational Foundation of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). The NJSBA is the state's largest association providing programs and services to the legal profession.
Judge Dreier heads the Norris, McLaughlin & Marcus worldwide products liability practice, in addition to supervising commercial litigation and mediation and arbitration. He frequently lectures, mediates and arbitrates substantial chancery and other disputes.
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 & Resolution,and the American Arbitration Association's National Panel of Commercial Arbitrators, its class action and complex case panels and its International Centre for Dispute Resolution. He is also a member of the Marie L. Garibaldi ADR Inn of Court, the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators and a founding member of The Resolution Group (TRG).
In addition, Judge Dreier is an emeritus member of the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, the editorial board of the New Jersey Law Journal, and the American Law Institute, for which he is an advisor or consultative group member for the various areas of the Restatement (Third) of Torts, and he is the chair of the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He is an authority on commercial litigation, having authored the state's principal text on chancery practice as well as earlier texts on secured financing.
Judge Dreier has published numerous articles on ADR, products liability and other subjects, in addition to 380 published judicial opinions. He frequently lectures throughout New Jersey and nationally on the subject of products liability, on which his book, New Jersey Products Liability and Toxic Tort Law (Gann Law Books), is based.
Judge Dreier received his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1961 and his B.S. from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. Before joining Norris McLaughlin, from 1973 to 1983, he was a trial judge in the New Jersey Superior Court; from 1983 to 1994 he served in the Appellate Division, and from 1994 to 1998 he was a presiding judge.