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Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Metuchen, New Jersey.

Hon. Harriet E. Derman (Ret.)

Harriet Derman, Esq., LLC
34 Rayle Court
Metuchen, NJ 08840
Tel: (732) 261-0501
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Recognized to New Jersey Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: New York

Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced2009
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Online / In-Person


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. 

Case Experience

  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Title Disputes
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • 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

Rates Information

$600/hour including prep time.

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