Member Profile: Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.)

Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.)
DeFrancesco Bateman
15 Mountain Blvd.
Warren, NJ 07059
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Tel: (908) 757-7800
Fax: (908) 757-8039

NJ Chapter:

Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.) regularly travels out of state to New York

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Med-Arb; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; Insurance Umpire


Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.) has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Class Actions
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Family Businesses
Intellectual Property
Land Use/Planning
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Foreclosure
Pensions / ERISA
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Real Estate
Sexual Harassment
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Unfair Competition
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death



Judge Harriet Derman retired as Chancery Judge and Probate Judge in 2009. Prior to that time, she served as Presiding Judge of the Civil Division. She is presently Chair of DiFrancesco Bateman’s Alterative Dispute Resolution Department. Judge Derman is a member of the United States District Court for New Jersey panel of mediators. She is a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Complementary Dispute Resolution. She has been appointed by both federal and state court judges to serve as a Special Master in complex litigation. Judge Derman has a L.L.M. in taxation from New York University and is a member of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  She has successfully mediated and /or arbitrated complex commercial, employment discrimination, insurance coverage and premium, probate, ERISA, partnership, condominium, shareholder, partnership, limited liability, personal injury, real property and malpractice disputes.  Judge Derman served as Chief Counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman and as her Chief of Staff.  She is presently a member of the Editorial Board of the New Jersey Law Journal. 


  • New York University, B.A. 1964
  • Seton Hall Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1978
  • New York University, LL.M.  Tax, 1981

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Admission to New Jersey Bar, 1978
  • Admission to New York Bar, 1987
  • Presiding Chancery Judge, Somerset, Warren, Hunterdon Counties, 2006-2009
  • Probate Judge, Somerset County, 2006-2009
  • Presiding Judge Civil Division, Somerset, Warren, Hunterdon Counties, 2003-2006
  • Superior Court Family Division Judge, Middlesex County, 2000-2003
  • Superior Court Civil Division Judge, Middlesex County, 1998-2000
  • Chief of Staff, Governor Christine Todd Whitman, 1996-1998
  • Chief Counsel to Governor Christine Todd Whitman, April, 1996-July, 1996
  • Commissioner of Department of Community Affairs, 1994-1996
  • Member of New Jersey General Assembly, 1992-1994
  • Shareholder, Weiner, Hendler, Derman, P.A., boutique corporate, tax, securities firm
  • President, Middlesex County Bar Association, 1991-1992


$500/hour including prep time.


Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.) is a member of our NJ chapter, The New Jersey Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. The NJAMA profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


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