Credentials

 

AWARDS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Professor James B. Boskey New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section ADR Practitioner of the Year – 2006
  • New Jersey State Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section “Legend of ADR” Award 2007
  • State of New Jersey Judicial College lecturer, 2006
  • Committee of Arbitration Administrators/Civil CDR Point Persons lecturer, 2006
  • Panelist, ADR Day, NJAPM, Inn, NJSBA and ABA dispute resolution programs
  • A NJBIZ Magazine Top Mediator – Business/Commercial-2008
  • Best Individual Mediator – Silver –NJ Law Journal 2012 Readers’ Survey
  • Superb Avvo rating (10)
  • 2013 New Jersey ADR Practitioner of the Year - Acquisition International Legal
  • Award
  • 2014 New Jersey Mediator of the Year – Acquisition International Dispute Resolution Award

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • State of New Jersey  -  1979; State of New York, Third Department – 1989
  • Federal District of New Jersey – 1979
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals - 1991
  • Supreme Court of the United States - 1986

WORK EXPERIENCE

Barbara Weisman, Esq., Verona, New Jersey

  • 1994 through present - exclusive neutral practice in civil alternative dispute resolution  including but not limited to construction; contract; employment (discrimination, harassment, hostile work environment, family leave acts, contracts, civil rights, wrongful discharge, wage and hour, defamation, whistleblower); legal, nursing, nursing home and medical malpractice; real property; business dissolutions; liability and negligence; commercial;  banking; securities; bankruptcy; debt and consumer debt; personal injury; false arrest/imprisonment; civil rights; fraud; Consumer Fraud Act; agricultural; wills; defamation; environmental; insurance (lead, fire,  water, mold and other matters); Tort Claims. Inclusive of large and complex claims. Pre-suit and post-filing.
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) Personal Injury Protection Arbitrator - wrote over 500 AAA written decisions, 1994 – 2001
  • American Arbitration Association Commercial Panel of Neutrals, Special Bankruptcy Panel  2001-2003
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, District of New Jersey Roster of Mediators (2001-2013)
  • Present Panels  - arbitrator and/or mediator for:
  • Superior Court of New Jersey Roster of Mediators, Statewide Mediation Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate; State Foreclosure Mediator (mediated over 900  cases since 2001 including privately contracted mediations)
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Panel of Certified Arbitrators
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division, Essex and Union County Panels of Arbitrators (formerly also Bergen, Hudson, Middlesex, Passaic) (arbitrated over 1300  additional cases including privately contracted arbitrations)
  • New Jersey State Agriculture Development Committee Certified Mediator
  • The National Arbitration Forum Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators
  • FINRA  Roster of Neutral Arbitrators/Chairpersons; Roster of Mediators
  • National Arbitration and Mediation (NAM)
  • Resolute Systems Roster of Mediators and Arbitrators
  • Construction Dispute Resolution Services Panel of Mediators and Arbitrators
  • CPR:International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Panel of Distinguished Neutrals
  • IRS Roster of Neutrals for Post Appeals Mediation and Arbitration Programs
  • United States Arbitration and Mediation Midwest, ADR Panel
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Storm Sandy American Arbitration Association Mediator
  • Arbitration.com and Mediation.com
  • Amicus Mediation & Arbitration Group
  • Essex County Chancery Division Early Settlement Program 
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey, Panel of Mediators

Law Office of Samuel A. DeGonge/formerly DeGonge Chappell, Belleville,   New Jersey

  • 1988 through 1994  - trial attorney primarily defending complex cases.
  • Experience including, but not limited to, medical and nursing malpractice, liability, Tort Claims,  wrongful discharge, discrimination, contracts (including employment), false arrest and imprisonment, civil rights and maritime.
  • Tenant organization attorney and Rent Board attorney for the City of Bayonne.

Office of the New Jersey Solicitor, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

  • 1982 through 1988 - litigator primarily in defense of cases including liability, common carrier, maritime, sovereign immunity, discrimination, contracts (including construction), employment, Workers’ Compensation, bankruptcy, police defense and policy, and prosecution/resolution of commercial debt.

Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office, Jersey City, New Jersey

  • 1980 through 1982 - Assistant Prosecutor in Grand Jury, Juvenile and                            Domestic Relations Court and Trial Team. Co-author, administrative manual for Fugitive Unit. Former certified instructor, Police Training Commission, Division of Criminal Justice.

Office of Professional Discipline, New York State Department of Education

  • 1979 through 1980 - Senior Investigator monitoring disciplined, licensed professionals (excluding attorneys and pharmacists); investigation of applicants for licensure and suspected unlicensed practitioners.

Lamb, Hutchinson, Chappell, Ryan & Hartung, Jersey City, New Jersey

  • 1976 through 1979  -  law clerk working in varied areas of liability.

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING AND  INSTRUCTION

  • Harvard Law School Program of Instruction for Lawyers Mediation Workshop
  • FINRA Panel Member Training; FINRA Chairperson Training; New Code Training
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, County Arbitration/Mediation Trainings and Trainer
  • United States District Court, Arbitrator Training
  • Superior Court of New Jersey, Essex Vicinage, Advanced Mediation Training
  • Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution, Chapter Associate, 1998-2000, Chapter Master 2000-present; Executive Board; National Leadership Conferences 2000/2006
  • Agricultural Mediation Training Course by New Jersey State Office of Dispute  Settlement;  Courses in Right to Farm, USDA issues and Farmland Preservation
  • Civil Mediation Training Course and Family Law Mediation Training Course -  Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • American Arbitration Association No Fault Arbitrator Trainings
  • Construction Dispute Resolution Services Arbitrator Training
  • Employment Mediation Interest Group (NJAPM)
  • AAA Storm Sandy Mediation Training
  • New Jersey Federal District Court Storm Sandy Mediation/Arbitration Training

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND MENTORING/TEACHING

  • Member of Mediator Facilitating Committee, Superior Court of New Jersey Roster of Mediators
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Mediator Standards
  • Mentor, Superior Court of New Jersey Roster of Mediators
  • Trainer, New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators, Basic and Advanced Civil Mediation Training
  • Former trainer, Statewide Mediation and Advanced Mediation Training Program for Civil, General Equity and Probate
  • New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) - Dispute Resolution Section (Past Chair; Board of Directors) 2000-present; Unlawful Practice of Law Committee (Vice Chair; Past Chair), 1984-1994;  Construction Law Section member; Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM)
  • American Bar Association - Dispute Resolution Section; Law and Employment Section; Forum on the Construction Industry; ABA Advisory Panel
  • Association for Conflict Resolution (former member)
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Character - 1990-1997
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law – 1994-2006
  • New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution; Civil Subcommittee 2005-2008, 2010-2011; Administration Subcommittee 2008-2011; Civil Subcommittee 2012 – present
  • Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution,  Chapter Master, Team Leader and Executive Board Member, 2000-present
  • National Association of Professional Women
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
  • Guest Lecturer, Rutgers Law School

PUBLICATIONS

  • “Drafting ADR Clauses that Work”, New Jersey Lawyer, February 2005; reprinted Business Law Section Newsletter, New Jersey State Bar Association, August 2005; co-author Bonnie Blume Goldsamt
  • “Mandatory Mediation is Here to Stay”, 196 N.J.L.J. 258 (April 27, 2009)
  • Former Editor, New  Jersey  State  Bar Association, Dispute Resolution Newsletter

CIVICS

  • Moderator, Verona and Cedar Grove Board of Education & Municipal Council Election Debates
  • Volunteer Mediator, Township of Cedar Grove Municipal Court; Essex County municipalities
  • Former member, Township of Cedar Grove Health Advisory Council

EDUCATION

  • Seton Hall Law Center – J.D. 1979 – Centennial Scholarship for Excellence
  • Douglass College – A.B. magna cum laude 1975