William A. Dreier, a Member of the Bridgewater, New Jersey law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., will be the first recipient of the William A. Dreier Award from the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA). The Award, named after him, will be an annual award given to attorneys and jurists for excellence in and advancement of product liability and toxic tort law in New Jersey.He was presented with the award at the Annual Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section Seminar on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.
"William A. Dreier's work as an attorney, jurist, author, lecturer and mediator has shown a sustained commitment to increasing an understanding of product liability and toxic tort law. In doing so, he has been generous of his time and his talent to the legal profession in general and the Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association in particular. When they say 'he wrote the book on it,' they were obviously referring to Judge Dreier," stated John B. Kearney, Chair of the NJSBA Products Liability and Toxic Tort Section.
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.In 2008, Judge Dreier was awarded the prestigious 2008 Medal of Honor, the highest award for an attorney, 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.
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). He regularly lectures on alternative dispute eesolution.
Judge Dreier has published numerous articles on ADR, products liability and other subjects, in addition to 380 published judicial opinions.