Connell Foley LLP has announced that John W. Bissell, Chief Judge, United States District Court, District of New Jersey, will join the firm on December 1. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the District Court in 1982, Judge Bissell was scheduled to retire on September 1 after serving 27 years on both state and federal courts in New Jersey. For the last four years, he has been the Chief Judge of the District Court.
Judge Bissell joins the firm as counsel and will serve as chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Department (ADR) and also as a member of the firm's Litigation practice group.In addition to counseling clients in this area, Judge Bissell will be available to serve as an appointed arbitrator, mediator and fact-finder in ADR matters.
"Judge Bissell is a man characterized by integrity, fairness and deep respect for the law," said Richard D. Catenacci, chairman of Connell Foley's Executive Committee. "He is the ideal individual to spearhead our Alternative Dispute Resolution capability. Connell Foley has a tradition of providing innovative counsel that makes a true impact for our clients, and it is an honor to have a man of Judge Bissell's stature join us."
Judge Bissell is the 2005 recipient of the Association of the Federal Bar of the District of New Jersey William J. Brennan, Jr. Award.This award honors an outstanding jurist or attorney whose contributions to the law are recognized by The Association as deserving of special and unique recognition befitting the name of Justice Brennan in whose name the award is given.